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Chaparral Trail - Section 2, Merit to Celeste

Easy

Trail

8.6 mile 13.9 kilometer point to point
Doubletrack
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 190' 58 m
Descent: -198' -60 m
High: 719' 219 m
Low: 614' 187 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)

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Trail shared by G B with improvements by Bob Rose

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Rails to trails conversion - long, straight, and pretty flat

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Description

This trail is a former railroad bed. As such, it is long, flat, and pretty straight. However, there are a few trestle bridges along the route that are well planked and add a nostalgic flair. Aside from a couple of spots, the trail rarely has any standing water in this section which makes it a great go-to route after a Texas rain (If you have ever ridden in the North Texas mud, you'll appreciate this!)

This section is mostly gravel single/doubletrack and can be a little bumpy. The trestle bridges are all well planked although there are no side rails and the drop off can be as much as 30ft. This makes it a little less family friendly than section 1, but OK if supervised. The 1/4 mile approaching Celeste is paved and has a couple of park benches.

Cedar, oak, and hickory line the trail and will provide some shade except at high noon in the summer. There is NO WATER anywhere along the trail, however there are tasty treats no far where it crosses through the towns. As typical with railroad right of ways, the trail abuts farms, ranches, and private residences.

Traffic is lighter than section 1, but the trail is used and you'll probably encounter someone at any time of day throughout the year.

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"Selfie stick"! South of Celeste.
Nov 17, 2019 near Leonard, TX
Trail sample in the less-developed bits
Nov 11, 2019 near Farmers…, TX
South of Celeste.
Nov 17, 2019 near Leonard, TX

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