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Length: 16 mi (25.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +20/30 ft
Total: 8 riders
 

Mountain Biking X Bar Ranch

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#174 of 275 mountain bike trails in Texas
#7,405 in the world

This 7,100 acre West Texas ranch has a network of 3 challenging loops that extend off of each other and encompass about 1,850 acres. The terrain is a mix of rocky limestone cedar hillsides, oak motts and mesquite flats. The maximum elevation drop on the ranch is about 150í so none of the climbs are very long. There are some short and rocky technical sections, but you have to stay focused as you consistently weave through the rocks on the hillsides and run off creek sections. Most of the trails are single track with a little double track mixed in. The middle ring single track on the hillsides is tight, twisty, and pretty rocky. There are some flat, semi smooth ridgeline sections mixed between the accents and descents to give you a breather. At the lower elevation of the ranch you enter the mesquite flats that are smooth and a little sandy. In here the single track opens up and you can pick up some speed. The short double track offers a good change of pace and you can work the big ring a little but there are no extended high-speed sections. From here you are back in the fun single track, across the flats again and a climb leads you back to the trailhead. At the trail head by the cabins there is a conveniently located pool over looking the valley where you can cool off after hammering out some miles. If you stay in the cabins, you can cook inside the lodge or BBQ outside. Camping is also available. Described by Rick Youman for MTB Central Texas guide book.

First added by searsandrewj on Jan 1, 2003. Last updated Apr 30, 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
21 miles SW of Eldorado on FM 2129- From Eldorado take US 277 South three miles, turn right onto FM 2129 and enter at the X Bar Ranch Live Oak Lodge entrance (Do not enter at CR 113, where rock is). From I-10 west, exit 388 onto FM 1312 west, then turn right onto FM 2129, follow approx. 7 miles to Live Oak Lodge entrance. From I-10 east, take exit 381 onto FM 1312 east, turn left onto FM 2129, follow approx. 7 miles to Live Oak Lodge entrance. Always call ahead- gate is locked if we're not expecting you.
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  • C-Lo   ✓ supporter
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    Great get away. Unfortunately this ranch has a few of the trails down for maintenance right now. They have a green look that is about 2.6 miles long open now. The people that own the ranch are nice and sat and talked with me and my wife for a while . The trails was pretty technical with a lot of rocks and loose rocks. The trail is on a ranch so you will run into some animal droppings.

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