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9.6 mile 15.5 kilometer loop


Ascent: 582' 177 m
Descent: -583' -178 m
High: 3,036' 925 m
Low: 2,880' 878 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)


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Trail shared by Zach Heflin

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A technical singletrack that seems to be uphill in both directions.

Zach Heflin

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This is a mountain bike trail that was entirely built and maintained by mountain bikers. Biking, running, and hiking are all allowed in any direction with the right of way given to biking. No horses or motorized vehicles. Do not ride when muddy. Pack it in, Pack it out.


Palo Duro Lake, north of Spearman, is home to approximately 13 miles of singletrack. The trail is 95% singletrack and winds in and out of the caliche canyons that surround Palo Duro Lake.

The trail is very loose for the most part (especially during dry conditions) which can make for dangerous corners and tough climbs. This trail is not for beginners and should not be ridden alone until the rider has become familiarized with the terrain.

This trail has been continuously added to and modified over the last decade. The local, loose-knit riding club (Panhandle Riding Club) maintains and manages the trail and is always appreciative of volunteer labor and donations.

Special thanks to Ben Butler for building the majority of the singletrack.


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Aug 25, 2018
Amos Mclaughlin
A tough but fun trail. Gnarly uphill sections with some fun steep descents and nice scenery. First time riding and clockwise seems the way to go. 8.8mi
Nov 17, 2017
Derek Hansen
Nice temps, fun ride, colorful sunset!

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Derek Hansen
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Derek Hansen   Austin, TX
No comments?! Well let me be the first. I'm always looking for new trails to explore, especially desolate, low-traffic, out-of-the-way nooks and crannies on my drives from Austin to Boulder. These trails definitely fit that description. An antisocial mt biker's dream, although I did run into Zach (from the quote above) at the southern end of the loop. Definitely loose and dry, fat nobbies and low pressure recommended. Watch your speed on the descending twists and turns. I went counterclockwise, mostly, but I think the southern end would have been more fun and rowdy (and less hike-a-bike, tire spinout) ridden clockwise as a descent. Beautiful, wide-open views and a nice sunset over the remains of Palo Duro Lake. The campground at the northern end has lots of space, very cheap ($5/night), potable water and outhouses. Heed the warning signs about no campfires near the gas lines (eek?!). Thank you PRC for stewarding this offbeat ride! Nov 20, 2017

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