Madrone Trail is some great singletrack around Canyon Lake. Throughout the ride you have a great view of the lake as you weave along the water and back into the trees. The trail has a nice flow, while not overly technical there are some features that will get your heart racing. The trail has drops, step ups, fast smooth trail, loose rocky terrain, jumps, rock gardens, and switchbacks throughout the ride. The ride is intermediate with a few advanced features.
If you have not ridden here it is worth the drive, overall the trail is fun, fast, and all around great hill country riding.
Near Canyon Lake
I'm not sure who wrote the description on this trail but this trail is definitely an intermediate and up trail. If you are a beginner you will be walking a lot on this trail. I recommend a full suspension bike. Also the gps track shown left off a big portion of the backside of the trail. It is actually 8 miles long. It's a very nice trail ... Some really flowy sections broken up by some serious rock gardens on the backend of the trail. About 1000 cumulative feet of climbing ... If you arent fit you will be real tired at the end! If you are in the area it is worth a detour and ride.
Let me first say that I have no problem averaging over 10 mph for over 10 miles at McAlister, Leon Creek, and Salado. My average at Muther Madrone was 4 mph and I was trying to go fast.Looking at the trail map, break it into a north and south of the start point. If you are not fit and have decent handling skills the north side will eat your lunch and probably a big hole in your shorts where you butt used to be.The south side as shown is a little more forgiving, very little. Unfortunately the map does not show the more reasonable part of the trail which takes you back to the parking area from your furthest reach into the park.The trail empties out onto a T intersection of park roads at where the tree is shown on the map above the words "Canyon Park". Turn right and you are on pavement straight to the entrance gates and the parking lot beyond. BUT! head directly across that road and the trail picks back up to the right. Still some decent climbs and descents with some tricky turns but much much more intermediate.A technical 4 because I'm sure there is something more difficult out there somewhere but not sure what that would look like.Lung bleed no, because other than the climbs it is not cardio intense, you just can't go that fast over that terrain.Starting points for some of the trails are a little difficult to find where you cross over the park road.Videos of the trail on youtube search seniorslipslap.
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