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Level: Beginner
Length: 20 mi (32.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +457/ -355 ft
Total: 94 riders

Mountain Biking Double Lakes Trail

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#57 of 277 mountain bike trails in Texas
#2,054 in the world

This ride is an eight mile loop in the Sam Houston National Forest. It is a easy ride all single-track around the lake and camping area. This is marked a bike trail but you do get some hikers sometimes. The trail is best run counter- clockwise and has some gentle hills and valleys. It is all in the woods and can be fast for more advanced riders( my PR is 45 minutes. If you camp you can make a weekend out of this. I usually make a couple laps in the morning, swim and fish in the afternoon then take another lap before dinner. There are showers and bathrooms and a great swimming area. This is a great place to take the family and begining mountain bikers.

First added by searsandrewj on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Houston take I-59 north to Cleveland then take 2025 towards Coldspring look for Double Lake Rec Area on right...or take I-45 north to Willis exit right on 1097 then turn right on 150 until just before Coldspring turn right on 2025 and the entrance is on the left. It is about an hour and a half from Houston.
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  • Mel5

    We have the best trail steward .... Jim Mackey and he has worked hard to get those trails back to pre-torrential rain fall conditions! One tree down on the new trail but easily ridable.

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  • RD3R

    Double lake is home to the smoothest flow trails I've ever ridden. There is around a 15 mile clockwise loop that takes you around the park composed of smooth rock free single track with a mixture of loose dust and grippy pine needle surfaces.

    Double lake rewards you for riding fast as the trails are smooth and twisty but only become more technical at speed. On some longer sections you can ride for 20 minutes or more before having to make a decision at a fork in the trail which leads to long zen out flow sessions in the woods.

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  • Dani

    Great trails. Few obstacles along the way. Two way traffic, hikers and horses so you have to pay close attention to what's going on around you. Very clearly marked. I love this trail.

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  • Steven Van Ingen

    Great single-track trail system close to Houston. This is my favorite trail system in the Houston area. The original 8 miles of trails on the West side of the park are tighter and more technical with plenty of roots and sand - more like Huntsville. The newer trail expansion (12 miles) toward the East and South are faster and flowier. The whole system makes a good 20 mile workout. The trails are good for beginners, but can be challenging for more experienced riders - just pick up the pace. There are normally no maps available at the kiosk, so print your own in advance. Access is $6 per car for a day pass - usually on the honor system - so bring exact change to drop in the receptacle.

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  • Emily J Ward

    Great trail. Flat and fast. Lots of options.

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  • ****

    I had an awesome time on these trails over Labor Day. The Trail of Woe is really fun and you can get some serious speed. Not too many obstacles but just enough to keep you on your toes. It's part of a National Forrest so don't forgot $5-6 bucks to pay for parking

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  • doughboy409

    I have been there a couple times this year and they have added 12 or so miles ontop of the 8 it used to be. there are some fun spots and little dirt hills to jump. very nice and well maintained

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  • fat_tire_tj

    I ride this trail quite often but only because it is close to the house. Trail is pretty lame. Good trail for beginners. Just singletrack, nothing technical or even exciting. Better place for a workout than riding pavement. To make it fun I time myself and try to beat my fastest time.

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  • aonuffer

    We rode this trail in about 95 degree weather and it was still enjoyable. Easy trail with some downhill parts. I really recommend giving this trail a try.

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  • brodnje

    Fast and fun trail for beginners. more experienced riders can get a decent workout here. The new 12 miles they have added make this trail worth the trip from Houston. I would recommend bringing lunch and doing the loop twice if you are looking for a decent workout. * Review edited 1/27/2012

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  • xeroten

    Fun trail for a beginner, relaxing with a couple sharp turns.

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