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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +183/ -421 ft
Total: 84 riders

Mountain Biking Jack Brooks Park

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#15 of 277 mountain bike trails in Texas
#582 in the world

Fun singletrack that's technical enough to keep it interesting (watch out for the roots!)

First added by alvin.santoy on Feb 20, 2004. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take I 45 to exit 15 (by the Gulf Greyhound Park). Take the road just South of the greyhound park to the West. Just a couple of miles down the road on the right hand side is the park entrance. Go to the T in the road and take a left to the parking lot. The entrance and the trails are marked with arrows.
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  • zctn

    There are many man-made technical tricks and a lot of ups and downs. You will need an agile bike with good acceleration without too much compromise on suspension. Don't go there in early morning in the summer time as you will be the first ride to clear spider webs by using your face and body. If you have any mental issue with ants, don't go. While resting in the trail, I have seen ants going up my feet and legs. They (not fire ants) don't bite you but they were everywhere. You have no place to hide from the ants.

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  • Raul Salazar

    Rain avoided the area and we had hero dirt.

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  • browntown007

    Best trails near Houston, hands down. Steep, punchy climbs often. Join the facebook group before riding, daily trail updates and friendly advice from the locals. Dont even think about riding if the trails are wet!

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  • salleejt

    Fantastic Advanced Trail...This is the trail that got me addicted to mountain biking...it would get a 5 star but the location (wet weather) and the upkeep were down on it the last time I checked.

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  • flipstyledsm22

    Great trail! Not for beginners though, unless you take it slow and learn it on your on time. Group riders should put the more experienced up front to warn the novice about the more difficult obstacles ahead. I liked the tight spaces and quick obstacles, also it is well maintained for such an area that can be easily gone to waste. LOVED IT!!!

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  • Jetnjeff29r

    See http://www.mtbepicrides.com/2014/03/jack-brooks-tx-kwik-stats.html for links and pictures.

    The written directions are good. But once in the park,the address sends you right at the T, if you use the mapping feature. Go Left.

    I usually overlook trail systems as short Jack Brooks in Hitchcock Texas. But Tracy from Bethel Mountain Bike Trail Group said to check it out as it was close to this weeks camp.

    Like Ridgeline at Balm/Boyette. Super steep ups and downs await any takers, several have bypasses, all have roots. Commit or go home. You need to rocket down and pedal hard, as early as you can, to make it up and over the next short steepy! The orange arrows are sometimes hard to see, when you are on the rivet and more than one direction changeup comes up while you are fully ensconced in just making the hill.

    Then you get to the teeters, ramps, tree splitting ramp up ramp down tabletops and skinnys. The first teeter is actually a compound or double teeter, with the first teeter making a tabletop with the second, before you tilt the second teeter down. The next teeter became a jump/wheelie down ramp at speed. I am not that into stunts, but these were all super fun. Even the up ramps, to get even more height, for the drop down ramp feeding small jumps. One down ramp was so steep, I did not see it, until after I chickened out. Of course, I had to go back and do it over! The main skinny had quit a qualifier, 3 big stumps in a rough pyramid, cut with a canted peak, which took me 3 tries to clean the 30 or so feet remaining. All this is interspersed with tight twisting rooty single track and the Brickyard, which gives a post apocalyptic urban archaeological feel, through the Never Ending trail. If you keep following the arrows after turning onto Never Ending, you could get stuck in a feedback loop and never get off the Mary-go-round.

    I did not mind doing laps, with all this variety.

    The only downside, aside from being longer, it is intense straight off. So, if you are like me, you will need to warm up first, if you don't want your knees or other body parts to complain.

    Except for a few greasy turns, the trail was hard as baked mud, even though it had some rain yesterday and bad storms the day before that. Although the record book only showed a few tenths between the two days. A couple riders, I spoke with, said it was "treacherous" when they rode it wet, two days ago.

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  • amorganlpn

    This trail is Awesome, the first part of the trail is very advanced, if you take the wide horse trail to the left of the trail head and follow the river up until you cross the bridge you can reach the intermediate loops of the trail, there are lots of twisty trail with some pretty tall roots to bump over, there are some great man made obstacles for the technical lovers, the trail is very well designed, if you follow the flow of the trail you can ride most of it and come out at the trail head without getting lost. Great place to ride if you are in the area and well worth the trip if you are not.

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  • Timbuktulous

    Really nice combination of easy, twisty singletrack and technical up/downs. Plenty of roots keep things interesting as well as additional ramps, bridges and jumps. You can find green loops and blue/black loops, so the novice should study maps carefully. One-way trails with good marking and plenty of options make for a nice day on the trails. Heavily wooded and twisty. Go ride.

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  • txtsan

    Best trails for people who like a challenge and an awesome workout! Love the fact that it's a one way trail - unlike Memorial.

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  • eric-29er

    THis is a nice trail system for a quick ride and workout. The roots through the trails will wear you out though. Some of it is quite technical, while other portions are great for the beginers. The folks who take care of the park do a great job with these trails. It is all volunteers and they work hard.

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  • tumbleweed14

    : Some of the better singletrack in Houston area. It has some man made obstacles, bridges, tree splits, a teeter totter, and some ramps. Nothing too terribly difficult but it does add some variety. There are chicken runs around everything. Some of the trails in the system are great for beginners, and others may have some sections that are too steep. None of the hills are long, it's Texas, but they can be short sprints to the top. When the trails are wet, they are miserable. Many sections hold water for days after a rain.

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