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The Great Escape Loop

Intermediate

Trail

6.3 mile 10.2 kilometer loop
95% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 333' 101 m
Descent: -329' -100 m
High: 808' 246 m
Low: 702' 214 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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Trail shared by Donovan Acker

A great intermediate ride that has a nice mix of hardpack singletrack and some fun, short, rocky, and rooty sections.

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Family Friendly Great camping, well-marked trails, easy water/swimming access, nicely spread out and uncrowded.

Overview

A great intermediate ride that has a nice mix of hardpack singletrack and some fun, bumpy sections with some additional add-on sections for more advanced riders or those wanting to add more technical bits to their ride.

Need to Know

The main parking lot right at the entrance to the park has very nice bathrooms, water, and shaded area with tables. The entrance fee to the park is posted at the entrance ($5/adult, kids 12 and under free)...and it's an 'honor system'. There is a box at the entrance where you self register, get a window tag for your car, and drop your money in the 'honor pay box' ;) CASH ONLY.

For full details on the park, click here.

Description

This ride is a single seven-mile trail loop called "The Great Escape" (as indicated on the trailhead sign and markers along the way). It is very well-marked with very visible signs each quarter mile indicating current mileage distance from the trailhead (very helpful!).

Along the ride, there are three or four black diamond add-on sections, which you can include to add another three miles to the ride. Completely optional, and well-marked.

As well, there are park roads and multi-use trails conveniently accessible at various points along the ride if you need to bail out back to the parking lot or shorten your ride.

Local middle school and high school mountain biking teams regularly practice here as well, so you'll often see young riders session-ing parts of the trail and honing their skills.

The ride is straightforward:
  • Enter through the main entrance and grab a spot in the parking lot immediately visible as you enter the park.
  • The trailhead and info board for "The Great Escape" trail are right off the parking lot.
  • The trail is designed to be ridden clockwise (the trail signs along the ride are marked only on the side facing clockwise riders).

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May 24, 2020
Jacob Ciha
10mi
Nov 5, 2019
Matthew Shepard
quick ride 3.5mi
Jul 4, 2019
Claus Dieter
5.4mi — 0h 57m
Jun 29, 2019
Nathan Verdonk
7.3mi — 2h 00m
May 27, 2019
Claus Dieter
6.2mi — 1h 13m
May 26, 2019
Claus Dieter
May 19, 2019
Claus Dieter
Apr 27, 2019
Chuck Tate
Used to roots in NC, not rocks. Still fun and no snake sighting - bonus! 14mi

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 25 votes

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#26

in Texas

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Photos

Afternoon ride at Muleshoe Bend...
Jan 21, 2018 near Spicewood, TX
Most of the terrain looks like this here.
Oct 21, 2017 near Spicewood, TX
Gnarly climb over babyheads on a rigid sled.
Oct 21, 2017 near Spicewood, TX
One of the rock climb sections on this trail
Aug 5, 2018 near Spicewood, TX
Nice smooth covered section of the trail towards the start.
Aug 5, 2018 near Spicewood, TX
Main trail is marked by green; the 'harder' sections that loop off and back to the main are marked with blue.
Oct 21, 2017 near Spicewood, TX

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