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Level: Beginner
Length: 2 mi (3.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +124/ -123 ft
Total: 15 riders

Mountain Biking Ringtail Ridge

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#134 of 277 mountain bike trails in Texas
#5,183 in the world

Editor's note: This is not a legal access to the Barton Creek Greenbelt.

40 plus acres of partly developed parkland off RR12, with about 2 miles of unmarked loop trail, including a spur that meets RR12 in the 30-foot wide swath between Community Baptist Church and Dakota Ranch Apartments The trail was designed for mountain biking, but it also offers pleasant hiking in a surprisingly diverse natural area in a part of town that is developing rapidly. Oak groves, flowering meadows, cactus stands, and persimmon thickets are all found in Ringtail Ridge. The Ringtail Ridge tract was the site of an animal slaughter plant for many years. The foundations of the plant and other artifacts can still be seen; the land is being left alone to recover from ranching and the slaughter business

First added by Skoofer on Jan 14, 2008. Last updated Apr 28, 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
In San Marcos, take Ranch Road 12 (Moore St.) toward Wimberley about 1/10th mile past Craddock Ave. Turn right onto dirt road between Dakota Ranch Apartments and Crestwood Center. Follow road to concrete slabs and park.
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  • keke14

    This was my first trail ever so im not completely sure what to look for but i thourghly enjoyed it! It was a little wet when i went so i wasnt able to get up the whole path but the portions i did get to ride were great! Perfect trail for those starting off '????

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  • jkoch32

    Pretty basic for the area. Nothing crazy challenging and it's really short. Got the opportunity to ride it in the snow the other day making things difficult since the rocks I normally ride over and can grip where super slick. There's a couple little jumps you can hit. I live right next to it so it's usually where I test my bike after tune ups before I take it to purgatory where I would risk having to hike my bike some distance if it breaks down. Usually a few deer hangin out near the teepee area. Saw a corral snake out by the bench on the Tex trail once.

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  • CFM   ✓ supporter

    Varied tread makes this a unique ride despite its short distance, rocky and challenging in some sections, windy and flowing in others. The trail travels through very interesting terrain. Several areas with berms provide even more interest. The trail has easy access from town.

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  • *****

    I love this park. Partly because there aren't many people. Its great for beginners because there is an easy gravel loop, an easy smooth trail with light burms, & 2 different beginner-intermediate loops. All are short distances that don't intimidate. Its my kick-back, relax, & enjoy park...just don't tell too many people. :)

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  • clayr361

    A couple tight squeezes. Lots of cactus at points and a couple bigger rocks. I would reccomend driving to the back of the ridge to park and get out. I drove in on the rock trail but left through the ridge it was alot easier.

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  • Skoofer

    As far as trail riding in San Marcos goes, this is as good as it gets. A short loop of some decent singletrack with a few mild technical challenges. This is a good spot to spin a couple laps if you don't have time to leave town.

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