Sam Houston - Trail, Moss Bluff, Louisiana

Sam Houston - Trail, Moss Bluff, Louisiana

DESCRIPTION

The trail is all single track. The trail is technical with turns. At some points you can pick speed.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 28, 2011]
BSIMMONS
Cross Country Rider

This Used to be a really good trail but lately it has been poorly taken care of and some parts of trails are washing out BAD. Roots eveywhere Espically orange trail. Not a very changeling trail if ridden more than three times or so. No jumps, big down hills or dangerous crap.

Customer Service

all of em. They seem fastest if you go in a clock wise motion ( looking down on a map)

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Hodges Gardens is diffrent. Mostly paved road (5 miles) the dirt trails are mostly for hiking and horses so its not too smooth. Not challenging either.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 03, 2010]
LocalRider
Weekend Warrior

Packed sandy soil, pinestraw overlay. I love this trail. Avg 13mph+ and it takes skill to wind through it, with no room for bobbles or you'll shoulder a tree or sapling....that makes it a rush. There is no slow technical stuff, but you can flat haul arse here and make it challenging, testing your tires grip etc.

I've had great luck running WTB wolverines here. This trail is BEST after a good rain, but AFTER enough time has passed for the bridges and exposed roots to dry. When this sandy soil is packed, you FLY and can rail the turns, but if roots and bridges are still damp.....they are SLICK.

This trail can soak up rain, so don't be scared to go ride if it rained the day before....but then stopped.

I only wish the Park would authorize 3-5 more miles of trails be built.....then make it one way (so you could ride with confidence in blind turns)...... I'm a former BMXer turned MTBer...this trail has a good "flow" to it.

I'd highly recommend for beginners and strong intermediates......while experts can still have fun. There are enough dips, roots, etc where rolling a manual here or there really preserves momentum, and I find a new line here and there every time out.

It's no Flat rock ranch, or Lincoln Parish park.....but its a fun trail if you push the limits....if you aren't pushing the limits of traction here in the turns....then you're not riding fast enough to say this trail is too easy....

Now an expert who is riding as fast as the trail will take and isn't finding enough obstacles to make it interesting or mileage might have an issue....

This trail is underrated for fun, is too short one way, and crowded at times. If it were 10 miles one way, i'd give it a 5, its a solid 4 on fun.

Customer Service

I like to start at the park entrance (long leaf extension), ride all the way to the yellow trail on the other end (it's a loop), ride the yellow trail clockwise, reconnect and head back the opposite way. Friends with computers say it's around 11-12 miles this way, do a third pass if you need more mileage.

Can be dangerous at higher speeds as there are blind turns due to overgrowth, worst overgrowth is in some of the faster parts of the trail......can be crowded at times.

The orange trail is a waste of time IMO, unless for warmup or cool down..., it's just nothing. New red trail...to short to amount to anything.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 12, 2010]
Josh
Weekend Warrior

A decent bit of options and variances in trail styles. Some tails are smooth, flat, and have an easy pace for unseasoned riders. Other trails have the options to combine into a pretty thrilling workout, with inclines and descents ranging from 10 to 12 feet.

A very good area to practice and get to know your bike if you live in the area. May not be worth the travel if you live more than 30 miles away if there are closer options to your residence.

Customer Service

For a good workout I perfecter combining the Yellow trail, Blue trail, and Orange trail. Makes for approximately 4 to 5 miles. The trails are two directional so you can go in the opposite direction for a new trail feel if it becomes redundant.

As I stated earlier you can make the trails what you want them to be, easy for beginners or challenging for an exciting and prosperous workout.

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There are no areas that I know of within an 100 mile radius, we are lucky to have trails at all

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 29, 2010]
Mojo37
Weekend Warrior

Overall this trail is pretty flat. There are a few steep descents that are gnarly due to the roots. It is not very long either so you will need to ride it 3 times to get some distance in. The Longleaf pine trail is the primary trail and is about 3.5 miles. It is primarily a beginner trail, but does have some more difficult sections. There a few climbs and few good descents. It is definitely a single track trail. It is however very scenic with a good bit of nice bridges. The longleaf pine extension is a 1.3 mile addition to the main trail. This trail is very narrow, pretty windy, tight turns, and is more of an intermediate trail.

I had been hearing that the trail wasn't too good, but thought I should go ride it for myself. I'm glad I went. It wasn't the best, but it was worth the trip just to ride a different trail. Although there are no long trails, combining all of the small trails can add to about a 7 mile ride. In addition, riding the trails both ways adds a little variety as well.

The riverwalk trail (orange) is an extremely easy trail. This is a great trail for beginners and first timers. For the more seasoned riders, it is an opportunity to really fly! It is flat the entire way, so it is a good training track in my opinion because it requires a lot of pedaling.





Customer Service

I road it 2 different ways.....

First Route:
Started on the Longleaf Extension or Purple Trail (1.3 miles), to a right onto the Longleaf Trail or Blue Trail (3 miles) and rode it around until turning on the Old Stagecoach Trail or Yellow Trail (0.5 miles). Traveled down the road until finding the Cypress Tupelo Trail or Red Trail (0.5 miles) then connected to the Riverwalk Trail or Orange Trail (1.6 miles). Total mileage was 7 miles.

I then road the same route backwards:
Started on the south entrance of the Orange Trail (1.6 miles), connected back to the Red Trail (0.5 miles). Took a left leaving the trailhead until finding the Yellow Trail (0.5 miles). Followed the yellow trail until turning left on the Blue Trail (3 miles). Took a left on the Purple Trail (1.3 miles) and finished my ride.

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OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Dec 20, 2008]
jbarro10
Cross Country Rider

this is a pretty decent trail for the area. it stays wet after rain and is very rooty in places. it is however very fun and is best ridden start to finish and then in reverse back to the start. call the local bike shop for details. capital cyclery. ask for dean. he is the owner and extremely nice and helpful.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 25, 2008]
tunacansam
Cross Country Rider

Three separate trails all with their own features the blue trail is about 3.5 miles long. my first trip down it was this past weekend. i was throughly impressed. expect to do some adjustments to your bike afterwards, lots of roots. Also don't attempt without a bike with atl east three inches of fork travel. All in all awesome well worth the drive and only 1$ for the day access to everything.

Customer Service

run it in reverse, you will get some hard climbs and some serious adrealine rushes at times this way

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Mar 03, 2008]
SlashNBern
Weekend Warrior

Big mess since Hurricane Rita. Have done lots of work but more needs to be done. Not what it use to be. Not much else in immediate area, though. Super hot in summer, lots of bugs (deerflies, horseflies the size of a thumb!)

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 16, 2007]
RomanLA
Cross Country Rider

I ride the trails in Sam Houston several times each week. The Blue Trail is single track with lots of technical aspects. You will definitely want a good trail rated bike or you're likely to break parts. There are lots of washed out areas that expose roots and make for a rough ride. There are some sandy spots near the river that can catch tires, if you're not ready for them. Not to mention, the pine needles that will cause your bike to slide out from under you on sharp corners. There are also plenty of roots that can cause an endo, if you're not paying close attention.

Customer Service

I recommend riding the trail and both directions. There are different technical aspects depending on your direction of travel.

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The Sam Houston Orange Trail is a nice scenic trail that runs along the river with lots of wildlife.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 31, 2000]
Jeff Graybill

Very nice trail. Not too technical. A few nice downhills (for south Louisiana) where you can pick up lots of speed. It's in a state park and I've had some pretty close run-ins with deer and other wildlife. Overall, very fun to ride and it's nice to finally have a decent trail in this part of LA.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[May 21, 2000]
Crawford

The trail, which is brand new, is in grave danger of being mowed over to put in a golf course! So, please contact your LA State Rep. and let them know that taking our only biking/hiking/nature trail to put in a privately owned and operated golf course stinks. It's a good ride, our only ride and it may be lost if we sit on our butts and don't act now.

Customer Service

Start the ride at the boat launch and follow the blue markers. It's impossible to get lost, just keep riding.

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Village Creek in Beaumont, TX is ok

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
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