Frankie Carter Randolph Park - Trail, Friendswood, Texas

Frankie Carter Randolph Park - Trail, Friendswood, Texas

DESCRIPTION

Main trail is lame multi-use. Other trails, including some BMX stuff, can be easily found west of trailhead along treeline. Good climbs, roots old creekbed, semi-hardpack. Mosquitoes aren't as bad as Jack Brooks. Main trail is cut off by road construction.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 06, 2005]
acerjw
Weekend Warrior

This park has a paved walking/jogging path in the rear by the baseball fields. There are several entrances to the "nature trails" off this path. The main trail (called the 'Wood Trail' according to trail signs) is wide and multi-use (watch out for hikers and their dogs!) and goes approx. 1 mile with at least one big gully (slippery shale at the bottom; tricky roots on the way up). There are several singletrack trails that lead off of this trail. I tried a couple of the singletracks but they both ended abruptly at a fence (lame property owners!) or came out on a tight crumbly edge about 25 feet above a creek. I saw a couple of jumps/drops including one very close to the paved walk/jog path off a cement water spout and one off the main 'Wood Trail.' There were about 3 singletrack trails that I didn't venture onto (they'll require a closer look later). Trail composition is mainly hardpack (with plenty of roots), some patches of gravel (sometimes deep) on the main trail, and some soft mulchy stuff. There is a strange strip of grassy clearing not far from the trail head that cuts straight through the foresty sections. Overall, a nice pleasant trail ride with a couple of semi-tricky elements to practice on. I went during 90-degree weather with high humidity in June and didn't have any problem with mosquitos - a few spider-buddies but nothing unpleasant.

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3
VALUE
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3
[Feb 06, 2004]
Jenny
Weekend Warrior

I've been there plenty of times and I can say it has its ups and downs. Not a great idea to go during the hot soggy months of summer because you'll be attacked by swarms of mosquitos. But when its a dry, cold winter day, knock yourself out. It has nice, steep traiLS AND it goes on for a LONG time. Its the average park.

Similar Products Used:

Memorial

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3
VALUE
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2
[Dec 28, 2003]
Ben
Weekend Warrior

This trail is pretty long depending on how far you want to go. I would think its about 3-6 miles long, with a few forks in the trail. There are 2 HUGE drops, you go downhill about 30-50 feet. You need to be well energized to take this route. You might want to bring some snacks and a lot of water.

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4
VALUE
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3
[Oct 29, 1999]
Dave

Don't take the main trail. Even tho the joggers don't go in the woods, it's a lame trail. The others are a different story. Good climbs, roots, pretty open (not too dense brush)...not very long, but it'll give you a good workout. Even some BMX jumps for the kiddies.

Customer Service

If you park by ballfield, enter woods by the small "loop" in the road (lots of pavement for you roadies, too). Several other entrances in treeline west of here, too.

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3
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[Nov 09, 1999]
Doug

This is a fun place to ride and jump for a quick trip. For the most part, it's not too technicial here, but the steep, rutty climbs and descents do have some teeth!
Beware of deep ruts at the bottom of some hills, as well as decents that lead strait into the creek near the playground (West side of park). Also expect and respect plenty of other trail users on the weekends.

Customer Service

The best and more challenging trails are all along the creek which borders the West and North part of the park.

Similar Products Used:

Memorial Park's Ho Chi Mihn trail system in Houston. Jack Brooks Park in Hitchcock.

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2
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RATING
[Apr 09, 2000]
Jeff

This trail totally kicks ass when it is muddy. The current road construction leads to what looks like a upcoming golf course that has some bad ass hills with with killer descents. Also you gotta love the mud puddles at the bottom.

Customer Service

Anywhere

Similar Products Used:

Jack Brooks Park. Wow does this place give you a workout!!!

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4
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[May 10, 2000]
Randy

completely grown over with plant
too muddy and rooted up to ride
not worth the time

Customer Service

none

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1
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RATING
[May 14, 2000]
JohnG

The ascents/descents are heavily rooted. On the other side of the construction road the trails are much better. Doesn't take long to ride it all.

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3
VALUE
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[Jul 06, 2000]
Single Speeder

If you live on the Southside this is a short and sweet way to get in some MTB riding with a short drive and a nice facility. The park has plenty of paved parking, restrooms, and people-watching for your post-ride pleasure.
The trails can be extreme but short. The local BMXers keep some ramps up you can try, and there is an extreme concrete ditch that can launch you into orbit or send you off on the right hand trail with a blast.
Be careful of skeeters, spiders, downed trees, roots, and surprise dropofs into the bayou/creek.
The multi-use trail can help you get your wind or let you act like a roadie.
Like Jack Brooks, when it is wet the singletrack is unridable. It is great for the beginning rider or someone needing to get back into it slowly.

Customer Service

Take 45 south, ecit 2352 and head west towards Friendswood/Pearland. The park has a concrete noise-damper wall that you cant miss and very clear signage.
Behind the east ball fields (see other reviews).

Similar Products Used:

Jack Brooks when it is dry. Behind UH-CLC was ggreat until it was closed for wild-life protection.

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3
VALUE
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[Jul 11, 2000]
SingleSpeeder

See other reviews

Customer Service

CORRECTIONS TO DIRECTIONS:
From the city, take 45/Gulf Freeway South toward Clear Lake, exit at the 2351/Clear Lake City Blvd exit. Head west towards Friendswood/Pearland. Go past the school on the left and one or two more lights. The road will begin to curve, then you will see the Park's
concrete noise-damping wall that you can't miss. The park has very clear signage.

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3
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