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Colorado Bend Lollipop

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A sample of Colorado Bend State Park.


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10.2

Miles

16.3

KM

100%

Singletrack

1,387' 423 m

High

1,122' 342 m

Low

905' 276 m

Up

905' 276 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Family Friendly Lively Loop and River Trail should be good for family and kids. Kids will love swimming at Spicewood Springs.

Overview

Colorado Bend State park has roughly 30 miles of trail. It is highly technical with a lot of limestone rock outcroppings, and high grade climbs.

click here for a link to the trail map. Check out the second page for a trail listing with more information on trail descriptions and difficulty ratings.

Description

This is a 10-mile lollipop loop consisting of Lemons Ridge Pass and the east portion of Cedar Chopper Loop as the stem and the Tinaja Trail and Old Gorman Road Trail as the loop.

Here I parked at the Lemons Ridge and Spicewood Canyon trailhead (TH). I went east on Lemons Ridge parallel with the road. Lemons Ridge is moderately challenging but also very flowy. There are technical sections on this trail. Lemons Ridge is split once by the park road. At the Cedar Chopper sign, I then took a right and crossed the road to the Cedar Chopper TH.

Here I followed signs toward the Tinaja Trail going on the east section of Cedar Chopper Loop. I went left on Tinaja and took this three-mile trail to the conference center. This trail is very difficult: highly technical and very steep climbing grades from 20-30%. Once you get over the Tinaja ridge, it is an amazingly fun descending from there.

Tinaja spits you out at the park's gravel maintenance road. Go down the road towards the conference and Gorman Spring. Cross the grate bridge over Gorman Spring and follow the trail to the River Trail and Old Gorman Road Trail junction. Follow the sign towards Old Gorman Road.

If you go down a very steep grade towards the river, you've gone the wrong way towards the River Trail. Once you're on Old Gorman Road Trail, prepare for a lung-busting climb. Once you're at the top of Old Gorman Road, you can choose either direction on Cedar Chopper Loop as you'll still end up at the TH. I opted for the shorter way back, taking the east portion of the loop back. Then I went back the way I came on Lemons Ridge.

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Aaron B

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There's always another rock garden around the corner
Aug 7, 2017 near Lampasas, TX
Taking a break on a technical section of Tinaja.
Apr 20, 2017 near Lampasas, TX
The bowl wasn't that impressive for how challenging this trail is!
Aug 7, 2017 near Lampasas, TX
Taking a breather after climbing Old Gorman Road Trail
Aug 7, 2017 near Lampasas, TX
The south trail is just exposed rocks and cactus, not recommended for a summer afternoon
Aug 7, 2017 near Lampasas, TX
Taking a break along the Tinaja Trail.
Apr 20, 2017 near Lampasas, TX

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