“Probably the most challenging of the 4 trails at McMurtry.
— Ryan Souders
Horses not permitted on trails, but welcomed at neighboring Lake Carl Blackwell.
Often considered the most challenging of the four trails at McMurtry, the NE Yellow trail can be a bit frustrating at times for the casual rider. Roughly half the trail is 2-way so you'll need to be aware of oncoming traffic.
The first mile is often frequented by hikers, fishermen, disc golfers, etc., so please be mindful and use trail etiquette in giving them the right of way. Once you make it roughly a mile in you'll turn back west and hit a long, dry creek bed with rocks and old tires to test your basic skills. When you hit the northern straightaway with the barbed wire fence to your right, be mindful of a large, steep rock drop. You could do some damage if you hit it unsuspectingly. There is a easy route running to the left that will get you down safely.
At approximately 3 miles, you'll pop out at the northernmost point and the trail makes a hard left. Sometimes this is easy to miss. Just remember when you hit the 2nd clearing, if trail seems to disappear then stopyou overshot the U-turn. At 3.5 miles, you'll hit another steep, rock drop followed by a tough climb where you may have to hike-a-bike for a short bit. This northern end of the trail after the U-turn is the toughest section and can wear on you physically and mentally. Not to worry, it doesn't stay tough for long and still provides a fun, scenic challenge. On the return trip, pay attention to the directional signs as there are sections that are not 2-way traffic. Roughly 5.75 miles in you'll enter an unusual section of cane/grass. It's neat to note, as this stuff was around when dinosaurs roamed.