Double Lake Recreation Area - TRAIL

Double Lake Recreation Area - Trail, Cold Spring, Texas

Nice 'n easy trail for MTB ONLY. No pesky hikers and such to worry with. Meanders through beautiful East Tx pine country. A few creek crossings and at least one smooth downhill. Trail is very well maintained.

User Reviews (19)

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khighfield   Racer [Jan 01, 2012]

The trail description needs updating here. New trails have been constructed and officially opened in April 2011. There's now 20 miles of singletrack with various loop options. Look for updated map and info here - http://www.ghorba.org/trail-info/double_lake.

New trials are fast and flowing with a lot more elevation change than the original loop. It will make you smile!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Brent L.   Weekend Warrior [May 09, 2009]

This is a fun, easy trail. However, this time of year (Spring) heed the park’s warning about snakes. I used to camp at Double Lake often as a Boy Scout. I don’t think I’ve seen this many snakes in one day, there, ever. (6 in all, including the Timber Rattler laying across the trail that I ran over).

Customer Service

Just follow the signs. The trail is well kept, and well marked.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Keith   Cross Country Rider [May 28, 2008]

My wife just got her first mountain bike. I took her to Double Lakes on the recommendation of the guys at Bicycle World. We went on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend and went back on Monday. It was great. The trails are well maintained and not very difficult. There are a few roots that are jutting out 4 to 6 inches and a novice can fall if they don't have enough speed. There is quite a bit of sand on the first 1.5 miles but it's not too bad after that.

We went early in the morning and beat the crowd. We finished by 11:30 and noticed a bunch of riders arriving as we were leaving.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
jmac   Cross Country Rider [Oct 30, 2007]

A mile of new singletrack was added in 10/07. Makes for nearly nine miles now of fast rolling quick drying East Texas forest singletrack. Technical it is not, but a great trail to get your happy face life is good ridin' groove on. The last 1.5 mile mostly downhill grade run with numerous drainage mound jumps is a total rush when ridden at Mach 1.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Whiteyplee   Weekend Warrior [Mar 26, 2005]

This is a great novice to intermediate level trail. Seven-plus miles of singletrack loop that incorporates lots of switchbacks, roots, and enough ups and down to keep it interesting. I rode this trail for the first time about 7-8 years ago on an old POS Huffy, and have ridden it twice in the past couple of months. It could be my updated ride, but the trail seems much easier now as a previous poster mentioned. The trail is very well maintained, wider and includes three bridge crossings that I don't remember being there before. One was over a pretty "deep" creek bottom that was at one time the most challenging part of the trail. More recently, I rode the trail counter-clockwise from the trail head by the group camping areas. This way was more uphill earlier on, but made for some nice downhill runs about midway through the outer ring of the loop. The last time I rode clockwise following the offical course of GHORBA's Big Ring Race. This way seemed a little more challenging, lots of switchbacks through the creek bottom before crossing the road and starting some uphill, but gentle, runs. Remember hardcore bikers--this is southeast Texas--anything over 10-20 feet qualify as a significant climb. Overall, this is a very nice ride for all levels. If you're more advanced add some speed and test your handling. The trail is designated as mountain bike only, but can be ridden any direction. Watch for a few other riders or go during the weekday to have the trail to yourself. I highly recommend this trail to anyone within a driving distance of an hour, which includes pretty much all of Houston.

Customer Service

Start at the trailhead by the Parking and Group Camping areas on the North side of the lake and head out clockwise where trail crosses the road immediately north of the parking area.

Similar Products Used: Anthills, Lake Houston State Park
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
GiantXTC   Weekend Warrior [Jan 03, 2005]

Nothing too killer, just a great ride through the piney woods of East Texas. My son (4 years old) rode most of the trails on the south side? on his single speed 40lb bike. Of course, he had to push it up the hills. The course was well maintained, and it was obvious that someone had put some hard work into the trails. Watch for the pink ribbons tied to trees on the trail ahead, to warn you of "areas of trail interest". I had a fun time riding the loop. I would say a moderate workout for a beginner, and just a joy-of-ride ride for a moderate / expert. We were just there over the Christmas holidays, and the place was EMPTY. The only people we saw were the park ranger, another biker, and one family that were camping! I imagine that it's crazy in the summer w/ lots of folks.

Customer Service

When you're looking at the Park Entrance, head out to your left(North?).

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
biga6462   Cross Country Rider [Jun 27, 2004]

I would recommend this trail for those who are just starting hardtrail biking. It is pretty easy the whole way, but enjoyable. I enjoy the last segment of the trail, there are some decent jumps, and it is very quick.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
munkey77   Weekend Warrior [Oct 20, 2003]

Great trail to show off your new spandex and hone your skills yelling "rider" so you can play with the big boys at MP. Actually a great trail, well maintained and lots of fun but please go there to have fun and not to take out your aggression or set a new "fast lap". Save that for MP.

Customer Service

Only one way please, follow the red arrows.

Similar Products Used: Rocky Hill Ranch, Bluff Creek Ranch, Cypresswood, MP folks are getting annoying
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
Jarrod Brown   Cross Country Rider [Aug 30, 2003]

This trail is the reason i go to the hassel of bringing my bike when I visit my parents in Livingston. Nothing technical about it, and no elevation climbs, but on the other hand you can ride the whole trail in the big ring just watch out for someone riding opposite of you.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
  [Aug 27, 1999]

this is an ever changing trail. we ride it about 4 times a week.. the trail is fun, fast and quick.

OVERALL
RATING
5
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