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Juniper Ridge Trail

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 4.0 (20)

This singletrack flows through the classic Texas juniper tree forest, tracing the small canyon rim.


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Map Key

9.9

Miles

15.9

KM

Singletrack

1,104' 337 m

High

945' 288 m

Low

240' 73 m

Up

301' 92 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

17%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

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Description

This trail is the newest on the Pedernales Falls State Park MTB Loop and follows the canyon rim. This is most definitely an intermediate level trail that is loaded with small technical climbs, rock gardens, and small water crossings.

In some instances, it is almost like riding a broken staircase, so come well equipped with water, energy bars, and spares. Thankfully, the trail is nicely shaded in the juniper trees, compared to lower trails, and the scenery is incredible, all of which make this trail well worth riding.

There is good signage at the trailheads, but be sure to download the trail map before riding out or use the MTB Project mobile app. Also, make sure you are not overly ambitious on the mileage because this can be a difficult route.

Contacts

Local Club: Austin Ridge Riders (ARR)

Land Manager: Texas State Parks

Shared By:

Shawn Stangeland

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 20 votes

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  4.0 from 20 votes
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#112

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#5,351

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Finally a bit of smooth trail with no rock garden!
May 17, 2016 near Johnson…, TX
Navigate rock gardens galore on the Juniper Ridge Trail.
Mar 1, 2017 near Johnson…, TX
It's going to take some skills to ride this portion of the Juniper Ridge Trail fast.
May 17, 2016 near Johnson…, TX
Riding the rim on the Juniper Ridge trail.
May 17, 2016 near Johnson…, TX

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May 14, 2021
Boyce McClellan
F this trail. Two tubes, 4 patches. One shoe destroyed.
May 7, 2021
Jim Snow
Rode Juniper Ridge to Madrone to portion of Equestrian. Juniper Ridge and Madrone both were in great shape. Some fun rock gardens in Juniper Ridge. 16.7mi
Jun 11, 2020
Kim Lynn
baled off juniper ridge once I could. brutal rock gardens. 11mi
Oct 17, 2019
Steven Sawyer
Challenging trail with lots of technical sections 14.3mi — 2h 23m
Oct 8, 2019
Clint Strong
Very technical and slow going at times but gorgeous juniper forest and great rock challenges and ledges. 9.9mi
Jun 11, 2019
Greg O’Shea
Rocky trail with at least one tree down; also had to cut through two trees that were too close to fit handlebars through. 8mi — 1h 00m
Mar 19, 2019
Lost Justpastnowhere
Aug 13, 2018
Jeff C