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447' 136 m

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-455' -139 m

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3,182' 970 m

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3,117' 950 m

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Network of trails near Dunbar Historical Lake in Lubbock Texas

Aaron Machen

Overview

The park has multiple trails available for riding. The route I took started out with a prairie. It was the trail on the left as I look at the out-of-date park map.
Family Friendly: There are lots of trails to choose from and they are not too steep for children. Families could ride together and not get too lost/separated.

Description

It takes you up and down some rolling hills without hardly any trees and an abundance of prairie dogs. You'll follow the trail along the north shore of the lake until you hit the road. Then you ride back higher up on the hill. That trail is a loop that brings you back to the starting point. From there I took another trail (third from the left when facing the map since I previously took the first and came back on the second) in a southeast direction. Immediately I found myself with more and more shrubs and trees and less and less prairie dogs. This trail has numerous branches available for exploration. The route I took sent me around the perimeter of the park. Eventually, the trail takes you down to the opposite end of the park, near the river that flows out of the lake. Then it turns around and comes back towards the lake. I rode the trail back and began exploring the trails in the middle section of the snake-like park. Unfortunately, a flat tire forced me to return to the road from the trails and ride along the road to my car. Luckily with this park you are always pretty close to the trailhead. About the conditions of the trail: most of the trail is great. There are sections with prairie dog holes, water drainage ravines, loose sand or gravel. There are some steep climbs but generally they are short. There are areas where the shrubs are somewhat overgrown. There are way too many areas with broken glass and other trash. There are some tight corner and banked turns which are fun and exciting. Overall, the trail could use some attention and clean up, but it is better than not riding at all. Also, it's west Texas so there's a high likelihood that you'll get thorns/cacti in your tires so be prepared.

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