March 12, 2018
Tyler State Park is a great family place. There are MTB trails for most level of riders. Small lake for fishing and canoeing (there are rentals). Of course, there is camping. and hiking. There are a couple of hiking only trails, so respect that! This trail is another great example of the Texas State Park systems support of mountain biking. It is a multi-use trail for hikers and bikers. The park's recommended direction of travel is hikers go counterclockwise, bikers go clockwise. People don't necessarily follow that suggestion, so watch out for head on run-ins. For biking, the climbs and drops make more sense going counterclockwise. You'll wind up climbing up steep techy stuff and coming down less steep switchbacks if you go the wrong way. That's not to say you won't have your share of techy climbing going the right way! :) The few berms that exist will also be backwards if you go the wrong direction. This is a stacked loop trail (EZ, A, B, C, and D). The EZ loop (.75 mile) is just that, short and easy by mountain bike standards. Occasional small rocks, small roots, loose stuff, some sand, mild climbs and mild descents. This is a beginner MTB loop. Loop A (2.5 miles) steps it up a bit, with longer and more technical climbs with a few switch backs, and some nice sweeping decedents with a couple of berms and some small root drops. This is a intermediate MTB loop. Loop B (3.1 miles) is similar to A, just not as tight. Some climbs are longer, but not as steep, and subsequently, so are the descents. Loop B is at the parks lower elevations. This is a intermediate MTB loop. Loops C and D (1.5 and 2.2 miles), take another step up. Break out the trail bike and lower gears on C and D. Ups and downs are stepper and more techy. Roots and rocks are taller. Switchbacks are tighter. Longer down hill runs are faster and can be loose and rough. Be ready for a couple of grinding climbs as C and D traverse the parks lowest and highest elevation more than a couple of times.