Capitol Peak Mountain Bike Trail - Trail, Canyon, Texas

Capitol Peak Mountain Bike Trail - Trail, Canyon, Texas

DESCRIPTION

10 miles of trails on the designated mountain bike trail, plus a total of 23 miles of off-road trails, plus 8 miles of roadway. Trails are as rough as you can stand, or as mild as you wish; all through the beautiful and scenic Palo Duro Canyon, America's 2nd largest canyon. See: www.hpns.con/bike.html

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 13, 2011]
Kane
Cross Country Rider

I ride mountains every other day in Colorado, and I love this Palo Duro Canyon. I get a very odd feeling driving through the flatest place in the world with a rack full of mountain bikes, but there it is.

Trails are fun and enough riding for about 2 days of camping. Or if you're looking for a reason to load up both snow skis and bikes on the SUV, this place is strategically located between most of Texas and the mountains.

Customer Service

Rojo Grande trail. Short but sweet.

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4
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3
[Apr 03, 2004]
timkett
Racer

Capitol Peak is a very fast, hard-packed playground for advanced to expert riders. It starts off right away with a short, technical ascent testing your fortitude. Then you go for about 1.5 miles of big-ring flying. Then you traverse through the cactus switchbacks. After that you'll come to a fork in the trail stay to the right and you get some more cruising for about 1.5 miles with some short but technical ascents and some quick hairy descents to follow. Then you'll come to a fork where you can either take a quick right down the very technical backside of Capitol Peak or you can go past it and take a right on the Lighthouse trail and you'll be in for a long descent where you can really fly if the trail's not littered w/ tourists. You'll end up back at the trailhead after you reach the Lighthouse Trailhead if you cross the parking lot and continue on the short trail to the right.

Customer Service

Start at the trailhead. come back either of the previously suggested ways. Dont take lighthouse on a sunday afternoon.

Similar Products Used:

Sunflower, GSL, Juniper, Rojo Grande, Paseo Del Rio

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5
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3
[Oct 15, 1998]
Eric Iversen

Watch out for the cacti. I fell into one and had to pick 100 needles out of my arm. Overall it is not too technically challenging, but it is a fun ride. I even saw a road runner, beep beep.

Customer Service

Pick up a map at the entrance to the park. There are multiple ways to go. I started with the largest loop first and then headed to the lighthouse. Leave your bike and hike up to the lighthouse rock. Mileage can vary between 4 and 15 miles

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3
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[Mar 12, 1999]
Jeff

Don't listen to the guy from Tennessee. If he hadn't fallen in the cactus, he would have loved the trail. This trail is fast with plenty of technical sections. Lots of up and down steep climbs. Caution: Don't even think about attempting this trail after 8 am in the summer. You will die of heat stroke!!!

Customer Service

Follow the Capitol Peak trail marked out on the map. The Lighthouse is worth seeing, but your bike will be on your shoulder for the last half-mile.

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For more Canyon riding, try out Caprock Canyon State Park.

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5
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[Aug 25, 1999]
Tim

This review cross references to Palo Duro Canyon. They are one in the same. See Palo Duro Canyon for other reviews.

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4
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[Aug 27, 1999]
Neil Veggeberg

The local running club is somewhat fanatical about keeping this trail clean and well maintained. They get along with the bikers pretty well since a lot of them are bikers too. It is marked as a bike trail but joggers occaisionally use it. If you ride straight west from the trail head and keep going about 2 miles it will gradually curve to the right and then at about mile three you take a right which will take you back to the trail head. This distance is about 4 miles total. About 3 miles into the ride you can connect to the Light House Running hiking trail. This part on Saturday or Sunday afternoon can get kind of busy with hikers so try to respect them. It goes about a mile and a half to connect with a runner trail. Although the runners spend a great deal of time maintaining it I almost never see a runner or even anyone except for occasional deer or rattlesnakes. There is a turn off on the runners trail about 1/2 mile from the lighthouse trail called the little fox trail. It is an out and back loop that is about 2 miles long. It is mildly technical but is a beautiful ride. If you continue on the running trail to the road, which is another 2 1/2 miles there are parts that are very difficult to ride. I usually have to push about 3 or 4 times. It is a fun ride. The whole area is a mountain bikers dream. The soil is a mixture of dense clay and sand. After a hard rain the trails can get washed out in parts so you need to go slow the first time around. The Clay also holds the moisture for about 2 days so if there's been a real soaking it can be kind of slippery.

Customer Service

To get there drive out straight west of Canyon about 10 miles. Enter Palo Duro Canyon State Park. About 5 miles to the trail head. Park and ride. Lots of bugs in Summer. (These are really mean ones, I'm not kidding) To keep the bugs off of you you need the real strong stuff. (100%Deet if available) Water is available at the head of the lighthouse trail but no where on the trail. It gets hot so pack a bunch of water.

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4
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[Nov 11, 1999]
Timothy Gillis

Nice amount of trails ranging from beg-exp. The northern trails are a little tame but for those of the more adventurist nature, there is an unmarked decent that will have your hair stand on end; to get to it simple look for the amplitheater (where subsequetly, the play "Texas" is preformed, then climb, on the road, to the top of the plauto, upon arriving at the top, look to your left and you'll see a small trail, following it and when it forks go left, and oh yea, be careful, the trail stradles a sizable cliff.

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3
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[Apr 28, 2001]
Parker Holt

see above.

Customer Service

I like to start at the Mountain Bike Trail Head - if you're there during the weekend, or after 5:00 look for all the cars with racks. Take the Mtb trail around till it connects with the Lighthouse trail, cut over to the light house trail and ride around the east side of Capital Peak. Stay on the LTHouse trail until it intersects the GSL runners trail, take a 90 degree onto the runners trail and follow it as far as you like. The little fox loop is cool, be sure to sign the register at the turn around. You can either stay on the GSL trail till you hit pavement, or turn around whenever and go back the way you came. This trai has everything....lots of sngltrk, tech, sand, downhills, etc. This ride is great very early am, or late in the evening, espescially during the week. Watch for rattlesnakes and trail runners/hikers. get a map if you aren't familiar.

Similar Products Used:

caprock canyons state park

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4
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[Oct 15, 2001]
Frank

Sand, sand and more sand! Climbs, descents, everything! I loved it!

Customer Service

I really like the GSL trail and Lighthouse trail but, The course laid out for the Capitol Peak race was unbelievable. Great!!!

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5
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[Nov 13, 2001]
Rock Shox

My favorite routes is through the Capitol Peak Trail up around through the Juniper Trail. It has a lot of tough climbs and some fun descents. But beware of all of the sand that will throw your front tire all over the place. I rode this trail with a friend that races enduros and they said that this trail can easily be ridden on a dirtbike. This trail is more of an intermediate to advanced trail. A couple of easier trails are the Lighthouse Trail and the Sunflower Trail. But no matter how easy they are all fun to ride. Then there is the Givens, Spice, and Lowry Trail, also known as the GSL trail. That is one of the more technical courses out there. But nothing is more technical than the new downhill course that is primarily raced by adrenaline junkies. I tried it out a couple of times on my hardtail which is a suicide trip. (and Don't even dare trying this one with clipless pedals, carry a spare of flat pedals and change them out before you try this one!!) It takes about 25 minutes to hike your bike up to the top and about 4 to 5 minutes to come back down. ( it is EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY TECHNICAL. VERY ROCKY!!!) It is located off of the back side of the Capitol Peak Trail. And just because you don't have a $4000 downhill tank doesn't mean that you can't ride this thing but it would save you a few muscle aches. he,he. All in all Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a great place to ride. For all types of riding levels!

Customer Service

Take the Sunflower up around to the Juniper back around to the Capitol Peak and then back around to the Lighthouse Trail all the up to the Lighthouse steps. Very FUN!

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There are some trails that a lot of people don't know about that is right in Amarillo next to the hospital district. Right by MediPark. I don't think that there is any official name for these trails but mark my words that these trails are VERY technical. Real sandy and rocky but oh is it ever so much fun. For more experienced riders, there is even a series of jumps that is very similar to motocross jumps. Wear padding cause you will fall! The guys that ride the downhill trail in Palo Duro Canyon ride out here a lot. Give it a try, you'll be surprised that these trails are out here.

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5
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