Ho Chi Minh - Trail, Houston, Texas

Ho Chi Minh - Trail, Houston, Texas

DESCRIPTION

Advanced/Expert Trail with plenty of "safe" trail for the beginner: watch for other bikers and hikers (the trail is marked as a mountain bike trail). It's challenging and through some of the most beautiful wooded areas of the city, but it can be dangerous and strenuous. There is hard ground, loose sand, ROOTS, single trail to wide, DEEP creeks for fast up and down rides which are dangerous for beginners - do not ride when wet, and bridges that can be washed out after a heavy rain.

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 23, 2016]
Marc Yablonka
Weekend Warrior

Who is the idiot with the junior high school education that named this trail after one of the most despotic killers in the history of the world? There are 58,000 names on a wall in Washington, D.C. that memorialize the ultimate sacrifice they made defending Vietnam, and hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese refugees--many in Houston itself- who owe their lives and their freedom to those men and women. Many of their relatives were raped, maimed, or killed by Ho Chi Minh's forces. Please forward my e-mail address to the person responsible for this stupidity. I'd like to have "a word" with him or her. Thanks!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 26, 2012]
gotdurt
Cross Country Rider

After seeing some of the reviews by the very humble (sarcasm), apparently pro riders here, I thought I'd throw in my perspective...

First, ignore any older reviews; I used to ride here in the late 80's into the 90's, and it was a very, VERY different place then, and from what I can tell, there have been several major phases of change since... I've ridden there a few times over the past 2 years, and it's even changed over that time. That said, it's still the best MTB playground in SE Texas, so my ratings are from that perspective. It's not Austin (where I live now), and it's certainly not Moab, but keep in mind where you are...

Now, what to expect? The current trails are rated by color, the easiest being the purple outer loop, and the hardest being green, which consists of a single trail that is loosely based on some pieces of the old "Cambodia" trails on the east side of the park (sorry Ho Chi veterans, the best stuff is gone). There used to be a connector trail in the back between the 2 sections called "Laos", but it is no more.

I was there after T-giving '12 and unfortunately what is left of Cambodia (green) is in bad shape; much of it has been cleared out and beaten up, with a lot of debris and felled trees on the trails... not sure what is going on, but it wasn't like that a year ago, so I suspect we'll lose it before much longer.

Similar Products Used:

Anthills, Cypresswood

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 09, 2012]
HellMuttCracker
Cross Country Rider

Since the 2011 drought these trails are plagued w/ the sinkholes, trees down and fast eroding roots. They have changed from fairly smooth to rough. There are plenty blind turns, oncoming runners, dogs and oncoming MTBr's so you need to be alert and call out "rider" pretty often. There are some sections that were really fun to ride that have become quite risky/dangerous with the erosion taking place. Sometimes you just have to hike your bike over the large trees you'll come up on the trails. The park is in the process of clearing out all of the dead trees at the park and the trails will change with that process. It will be interesting to see how the park will change with the amount of trees they remove. Overall the trail is fun to ride, and takes over an hour to ride everything (Green/Yellow/Orange/Blue/Red/TheTriangle)

Customer Service

Start at the Green trail (farthest point east) and ride west to the blue/red/yellow/orange, then orange/yellow/red/blue to the triangle, ride that both ways and then head back to the green and ride that west to east.

Similar Products Used:

Anthills, Jack Brooks Park, Double Lake, Huntsville State Park, RHR, Warda

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 19, 2010]
bluemirage188
Weekend Warrior

While in town for work, i ride this as often as possible. This is a good place to go and get in a ride. The crowds are fierce some nights and probably head somewhere else on the weekend. The trails at memorial are intermediate at best, and it seems every roadie with 800$ for a 29'er is there thrashing the trail as fast as humanly possible. I dont advocate making P-paths or wimpy shortcuts around every root/rock/stump/slight trail bump at all and it seems that this is what having races here and having non-mtb'er ride here have done. Its a shame because you cant go for a ride here without almost getting run over or crashed into by some idiot out of control riding 90mph that has to pass you.

The trails themselves are good, mostly flat, with some interesting roots/erosion that has created some technical parts. No real trail features, except an attempt at some dirt jumps on the green trail. The triangle is much hyped and is definitely more difficult, but there are parts that are un-rideable i dont care how good you are. the dh parts of the triangle are worth a ride over there, but are short and semi-dangerous (this coming from a DH'er that has ridden new england all his life).

The trails here dont seem to have much maintence, but are generally in good shape due to the sheer amount of people that ride here. the erosion is really bad in places and some stone/rubble armoring would be a great improvement.

Customer Service

I park in the lot nearest the arboroteum (not in the arboroteum) and ride along the rugby field, hit the yellow all the way to the purple, turn quick left onto orange all the way back to yellow/red and then hit the blue trail in one direction or another. Then spin over across the picnic area to the green trails and ride out and back. Thats good for an hour or so. And if you dont get run over is a pretty good ride.

Similar Products Used:

Jack Brooks, by far.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 17, 2007]
Mac
Weekend Warrior

STARTED RIDING MEMORIAL PARK BACK IN 2004, DID NOT TAKE LONG TO BECOME A TRAIL JUNKIE. BEYOND THE LEARNING CURVE SPRINKLED WITH BLOOD,BRUISES AND A COUPLE OF CRACKED BONES, HAVE BECOME A REGULAR DIRT DOG. I TRULY WISH I COULD HAVE RODE THESE TRAILS BACK IN HER GLORY DAYS BEFORE UNNECESSARY CLOSURES BEGAN, BY PEOPLE NOT IN THE KNOW. THIS PARK, ALBEIT LESS NOW, STILL OFFERS AN ESCAPE FROM THE CONCRETE JUNGLE AND ALL OF IT'S TRAPPINGS. TUCKED WITHIN THE 610 LOOP OF MADNESS IS A WOODED SANCTUARY, FOR PEOPLE WILLING TO ARISE FROM THE EASY-CHAIR AND SET DOWN THE LIFELINE CALLED THE REMOTE. ENOUGH HERE FOR DIFFERENT SKILL AND FITNESS LEVELS. FAVORTE PIECE OF DIRT IS THE TRIANGLE APPROX (1.2) MILES, WITH ENOUGH TO KEEP YOU FOCUSED. GREEN TRAIL IS A CLOSE SECOND BECAUSE OF LENGTH AND FLOW. THERE IS A LEGENDARY PIECE OF OLD SCHOOL TRAIL, THAT WILL REMAIN UNNAMED, DUE TO PRYING OFFICIALS, THAT HAS RECENTLY BEEN REBORN, WHITE KNUCKLE, LUNG BLASTER. SELL TOUR GYM MEMBERSHIP, TURN OFF THE TREADMILL AND EXPEIRENCE, BAPTISM BY DIRT. TOO THE WEIGHT WEINIES, THIS IS NOT ROAD TRIALS, SPEED IS GOOD, BUT NOT TO THE SACRIFICE OF COMMON SENSE, I.E, BLIND TURNS, UPHILL YIELDING TO DOWNHILL. THERE IS SO MUCH UNUSED ACREAGE OF WOODS, THAT WITH PROPER PLANNING AND EFFORT, COULD RESULT IN SEVERAL MORE MILES OF VIRGIN TRAILS BEING OPENED,(WISHLIST). I LIKE EVERBODY ELSE DOES NOT LIKE IT WHEN THE TRAILS ARE CLOSED FOR DAYS FOR HIGH WATER, BUT IT IS A NECESSARY EVIL. I DONT UNDERSTAND THE CROWD, PRIMARILY YOUNGER, THAT WILL RIDE THE NEXT DAY AFTER A DOWNPOUR, KNOWING THEY SHOULDN'T,(BE SMART). THESE TRAILS ARE NATURES GIFT AND SHOULD BE APPRECIATED BY ALL WHO ENTER HER TURF. KEEP SPANKING THE DIRT, BANZAI. MAC!!!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 14, 2006]
mr chico stick
Cross Country Rider

not a very fun experiance. i thought i would throw up because it was so easy

Customer Service

just dont go

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Nov 08, 2005]
brixton99
Cross Country Rider

This is a flat, sandy, windy little trail a few miles long. It's basically good for a loop or two just to keep the senses sharp, but there's no challenege here. I put my geared axe in storage and build a SS to get SOME excitement and labor out of riding this park. The best part about it is that it IS a park and you can take your eyes off cars and concrete...the worst is Houston MTB'ers. They have no clue, come down on their dualies with 2.4 inchers, disk brakes and all, ride like mad, never call out around bends, and have zero skills. If you like company, the best competition you get around here is some roady who's got endurance but ends up running into a tree after a while. And they just LOVE to ride after it rains, lol...and then they whine that the park authority wants to kick them out, sigh. Also watch out for the doggy crap and Californains riding this park -- you'll know b/c they have their noses way up in the air. But in closing let me say I appreciate all the people who work on this park and the fact that it's here. I am very thankful.

Customer Service

Yuh, it's all one trail.

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Go to Waco to see a real MTB course. That's why NORBA races there. For those who think the HCM trail is "awesome" or "tough," you hurt no one but yourselves with your vicious lies. It's never too late to repent. Say it with me, Ho Chi Minh, you suck, but we love you anyway, cuz you're all we've got.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
[Sep 19, 2005]
sfcrossrider
Racer

This trail is easy. When I lived in Houston (I'm from San Francisco) A guy I rode with thought this place was IT. I went with him one sunday in 97 on his old mountain bike... passed all the boy racers... rode around for two hours while he said 'is,'t this AWESOME' over and over and over. I went back the next week and did the same thing on my cross bike... only faster. Most of the guys I met on my cross bike gave me $hit till I told them I raced expert in SF. Then they wanted to ask me questions about Mount Tam. and Santa Cruz. What a joke. And yes I was on the correct trail. Roots and all.

OVERALL
RATING
0
VALUE
RATING
0
[Jul 05, 2004]
The Flying Gordo
Cross Country Rider

Quite simply the best trail in Houston. People that think Ho Chi Minh is easy are probably on the wrong side of the park. Ho Chi Minh is the green trail on the east side of the park and has a bike-only entrance (no parking lot) at one end along Memorial Dr with the other end being the east side of the east vehicle entrance. The trail starts out pretty easy with some nice tight and twisty singletrack amidst the trees. They have even added some new trails here (or just reopened old ones...not sure). About 1/3 of the way thru (about 2 miles) it starts to get pretty technical. 3 good drops with lots of rocks and roots and some really tough climbs. In one spot, you go down a good drop, hit the brakes to make the turn at the bottom and then have to climb a very technical uphill that turns as you go with huge roots and rocks along the way. I have never cleared this part in about 10 attempts and I've never seen anyone else do it either. Once you clear the 3 big drops, you go back to some tight singletrack with lots of roots and a few small drops and log jumps. On the west side of memorial park (between the two parking lot entrances) there are lots of other trails that range from beginner to intermediate. They are color coded for easy navigation and they all make loops off the main trail which makes finding your way and timing your loops easy. All the trails are under dense forest so no need for sunscreen. I would recommend mosquito repellent though. Do not ride this course when wet which is seemingly half of the summer. Not only is it dangerous, it plays havoc with the erosion. On the negative side: all the trails are relatively short and there are no extended uphills or downhills (we are at sea level after all). You can string all the trails together and get in about 10 or 12 miles though and some are definitely worth multiple laps. Be careful, these are all two way laps and are very busy. Be prepared to yell "Rider" at every blind section. Overall, I think that Ho Chi Minh is the most technical trail in Houston and the Memorial park system is as good as you can get in Houston area.

Customer Service

Start at east entrance (bike only entrace) and catch the green trail and head west. Then cut across the park to the softball fields and catch the main blue trail and take all the little loops off of that. When you're all done and getting tired, head back to the green trail and do it backwards. If you clear everything, then sign in here and tell me Ho Chi Minh is easy.

Similar Products Used:

This is the best with Ant Hills a distant second. Cypress Wood, Jack Brooks, etc. only if you're bored and don't want to drive towards Warda, Smithville, etc.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 02, 1998]
roadpumper

This trail gives you everything you need for pleasure and a workout. There are several steep, up to 15+', declines to an immediate incline, and it will whip your butt even if you are in shape. You are in the woods 99% of the time which makes it very relaxing, if you are riding slow or fast: pay close attention to the roots. The single-track sections can be dangerous, fast, and technical. If you are a primarily a downhiller, this trial will not be a joy ride, you will actually have to pedal and work for this ride.

Customer Service

There are two entry points at each end of the baseball fields. You will be able to pick the one you like the most if you ride the trail regularly.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
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