Located a short drive north of Houston, Double Lake is a trail that invokes positive response and memories from the riders that have ridden there. The trail system loops through the forest and is perfect for beginners, young riders as well as experienced riders who want to go fast. Double Lake is home to the annual Big Ring Challenge (BRC) race and was expanded in 2011 by GHORBA made possible by grants from Texas Parks and Wildlife, Bikes Belong, and member contributions.
Unlike many trails in the Houston area, the full eighteen (18) miles of this trail are dirt singletrack that is built to be ridden fast with swooping turns, rolling singletrack, and a clean compacted trail surface. Boredom at Double Lake means you need to be riding faster.
Please note that there is a recreation area use fee per vehicle, payable on entry.
Though often touted as a trail that dries very fast after a rain, please be mindful that the trail can still be damaged when ridden while wet. Still, this is the place to go when trails closer to Houston are too wet to ride, as it drains well and the coarse sand actually is faster after it gets a bit damp.
The course starts on the original "Double Lake Recreation Area" loop, (DLRA Trail
) which is the shortest loop in the park. It doubles back on itself to make two loops around the lake. The trail is very nice flowy singletrack in the trees.
Next, the route heads into the newer Henry Lake Trail
. Like the other trails in this area, this trail is easy to follow and made up of nice flowy singletrack. There are a few junctions along the way, but they are well signed and easy to follow. Follow the Henry Lake Trail
to the RCW Loop
Ahead of you is about 2 more miles of the same singletrack through the trees you have been riding to get here. You'll cross a fire road twice. Once at 1.0 miles and the second time at 1.7 miles. Just stay cross the road to the obvious singletrack on the other side. At 2 miles you'll hit the end of the RCW Trail at another junction. Turn left on the C Trail
to head back towards Double Lake.
Start this trail at the end of the RCW Trail. Keep left and ride the easy singletrack through the trees. About 1/2 mile in you'll pass through an area where there has been an old burn. The trees all survived, but it really cleared out the underbrush. At mile 1.0 you'll cross the junction with the Henry Lake Connector Trail
. Stay left at this junction. At mile 1.2 you hit the end of the C Trail
and will come to a confusing set of junctions. At the first junction there is a sign, but it is buried in the bushes. Left takes you to the Pipeline Trail
This trail doesn't get much use and it is a little tough to follow as it crosses the Lone Star Hiking Trail (no bikes...) a couple of times. Keep your eyes open and follow the "Bikes" signs and you'll be ok. Near the end of Pipeline Trail
, the race course follows the forest service road to Trail of Woe
Turn left on Trail of Woe
and follow it back to the start/finish.