Madrone Trail

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Intermediate
8
miles

Singletrack
↑ 800 ft
↓ 600 ft
4,011
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
The trailhead starts off with a small hill. Take a RIGHT at the intersection. At this intersection is also where you finish should you ride the trail correctly. You will encounter considerable amount of elevation change throughout the loop, technical climbs and descents, and drops- it's a great trail. The trail will cross the actual paved park road many times. You should not have trouble finding the continuing trail across the road- use your instincts. In some instances you can see the ribbons marking the trail. The second half of the trail has a lot of canopy. There is a section of the trail that will take you along a paved road with overgrown vegetation on both sides. Follow the ribbons. The trail should pick up on the left after a few hundred feet. There is usually a roadblock steering you to the trail. There are great views all along the trail. This is a great trail to ride and explore. You might be prone to flat tires. Take plenty of water.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: can i ride my trident trike on these trails -Guest

A: I wouldnt

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Q: Can I take my dog on this trail -Guest

A: Yes.

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Granny Gear

November 5, 2017
Benjas Granny Gear  
 
Review: November 5 Park Closed for season hunting!

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Granny Gear

September 27, 2017
NBshredder Granny Gear  
 
Review: Madrone is a fun ride; there's rock everywhere, there's some drops, a switchback and some pretty technical places. There's absolutely ZERO trail markings, but just use your instinct and watch the flow of the trail and you will be okay! If the US Army Corps of Engineers would get out there and build trail signs and do a little tree trimming this place would be awesome. Bring water - the sun out here by the lake will beat you to death! Also, wear padded underpants or you'll be regretting it the next day :D

Similar Trail: Purgatory Creek @ San Marcos

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Granny Gear

June 11, 2017
Mrsgrabert Granny Gear  
 
Review: Rocky terrain but fun. Maze style trails can lead to water for a quick cool off. Bring GPS and hit bathroom at gas station before hand. '

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Granny Gear


May 14, 2017
 
Review: Nice trails but poorly marked with lots of intersections. One section across the road leads to a closed off area that has some great flowing trails and very few riders. You can jump in the lake when you heat up! It's a good ride if you are in the area.

Similar Trail: Pace Bend Park

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Granny Gear


May 30, 2017
Craft Granny Gear  
 
Review: Trail is great! Markings aren't great but an easy one to learn. Be careful with recommendations on jumping in the lake to cool off - if you want to venture off the trail, you MUST have a park pass. The beauty of this place is that it's in a park, but they allow hikers/cyclists access to the trail without paying a fee. But if you want to go to campsites, lake, off the trail...you have to pay the fee. Please follow the rules so we don't lose our access! http://www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/canyon/Recreation/Trails/Madrone.asp

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Granny Gear

March 24, 2016
F5Rider Granny Gear  
 
Review: This trail has great potential if only it had some serious trail work done on it. There isn't much in the way of climbs or descents at all, but it has a lot of fun twists and turns, some moderate short ups and downs, and enough obstacles to keep a good rider interested. Never do you get much cardio or speed due to the very rough trail conditions. Tons of rocks and roots everywhere that only serve to beat you to death over 8 miles of trail. The trees do provide some good cover from the sun that will be great later in the season when it's hot. The signage needs help, and the shortcuts need to be blocked. Too many shortcuts tend to make following the correct path difficult and it also just tracks up the natural scenery unecessarily. Recommend a full suspension bike, but even that will only help the rough ride so much. The campground is still closed, but it's also in desperate need of repair. Looks abandoned back to nature, overgrown, and in disrepair. Too bad because this would be a great place to camp and ride if the whole park were well maintained.

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Gramcounter

February 17, 2016
seadart Gramcounter  
 
Review: Pretty rad trail, 7 of the fun factor. Trail is a great combo of fast single trail, rocky climbs with technical sections. Not much in the way of big puffy climbs. Boney rocky tire popping sections, nice little pump trail with a sweet little plank drop. 1hr from central Austin. Nice change of scenery.

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Granny Gear

February 8, 2016
Tate2o Granny Gear  
 
Review: Nice solid trail. This trail has it all, Smooth single track section, short rocky descends with some fun drops, smooth climbs with your technical rocky climbs, there are also some technical flat sections. This trail is a smoker but a lot of fun if you are an experienced rider. This trail is not hard tail beginner friendly. I have seen a lot of people take hardballs in and not make it out due to getting flat tires. Tubeless is best to ride on this tail, with the rocky sections you will be extremely prone to pinch flats. If you take tubed tires i recommend running at least 40psi. It will make for a rougher ride but less likely having to walk back to the car. The shaded areas on the trail are nice for those hot days. If you are looking for a nice technical trail and a good workout this trail is the trail for you!

Similar Trail: Flat Rock Upper loop

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Bunny Hop

February 7, 2016
 
Review: Great trail for Intermediate riders, some really nice singletrack and technical aspects to the ride. Love the decent sections along with the tight squeezes that are spread out here and there. Rock garden's make climbing challenging and fun, they also make going downhill quite challenging but at the end, rewarding.

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Granny Gear

December 17, 2015
timbauer09 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Just a heads up the trail is closed till December 20, 2015 at 3 PM for wounded warriors hunting

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Granny Gear

June 12, 2015
 
Review: The road that gives you access to the trail is currently underwater! The trail is not currently accessible.

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Madrone Trail MTB Trail 4.41 out of 5 based on 28 ratings. 28 user reviews.
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