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Network of trails near Dunbar Historical Lake in Lubbock, Texas.


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Map Key

8.4

Miles

13.4

KM

75%

Singletrack

3,182' 970 m

High

3,118' 950 m

Low

361' 110 m

Up

366' 112 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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.

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 It was the trail on the left as I look at the out-of-date park map.

Description

This loop takes you up and down some rolling hills without hardly any trees and an abundance of prairie dogs. You'll follow West Trails along the north shore of the lake until you hit Martin L King Blvd. 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 the Main East Trail (third from the left when facing the map since I previously took the first and second legs of the West Trails loop) in a southeast direction. Immediately, I found myself with more and more shrubs and trees and fewer 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 using the Bail-out Bypass 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, these trails 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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Aaron Machen

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  3.9 from 8 votes

#2336

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  3.9 from 8 votes
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Prickly pear along the trail.
Oct 18, 2017 near Lubbock, TX
West Texas Winter.
Oct 18, 2017 near Lubbock, TX
Downtown Lubbock.
Oct 18, 2017 near Lubbock, TX

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Jul 24, 2021
Dale Harrison
The trail has been abandoned. Rode 100 yards and both bikes had two flats. Totally overgrown by stickers. Avoid. 0.1mi
Dec 11, 2020
Mellow Honek
Underrated trail. Worthwhile If you happen to be in Lubbock
Sep 14, 2019
Kasey Bartley
Apr 21, 2019
W M
6mi
Jan 16, 2019
Aaron Mehner
Trail is in good shape! Muddier areas have dried out and thorns aren't an issue this time of year. Great time to ride when the temperature cooperates! 7.1mi — 0h 52m
Aug 21, 2018
Nathan Gregory
3mi
Jul 6, 2018
Daniel Wilson
5.8mi
Jul 5, 2018
Daniel Wilson
2.5mi