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The Great Escape Loop

Intermediate
 4.0 (34) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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6.3

Miles

10.2

KM

95%

Singletrack

808' 246 m

High

702' 214 m

Low

333' 101 m

Up

329' 100 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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. There's an outdoor shower and a water spigot in case you want to clean yourself and your bike after riding. 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).

Contacts

Shared By:

Donovan Acker with improvements by Liz Davis

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  4.0 from 34 votes

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Photos

Afternoon ride at Muleshoe Bend...
Jan 21, 2018 near Spicewood, TX
Gnarly climb over babyheads on a rigid sled.
Oct 21, 2017 near Spicewood, TX
Most of the terrain looks like this here.
Oct 21, 2017 near Spicewood, TX
Uphill battle just before the graveyard
Jun 14, 2021 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

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Dec 18, 2022
Parker Boykin
May 21, 2022
John Hofmann
Jun 20, 2021
Amber Green
Extreme sand and gravel = not fun — 1h 29m
Jun 12, 2021
Liz Davis
Sessioning 2mi — 40h 00m
May 10, 2021
Mike Leggett
May 4, 2021
Chris O
Dec 22, 2020
Will LaVelle
6.3mi
Dec 4, 2020
Richard Schmiedeke
Trail is under rated. Should be a blue/black. Has quite a few rock ledges without defined lines. Lots of fun blue level singletrack with lots of rock 7.2mi