Buffaloe Springs Lake - TRAIL

Buffaloe Springs Lake - Trail, Lubbock, Texas

This seems to be mostly hiking trails. A call to the Ranger's office confirmed that they had no problem with bikers using any of the trails. There is a trail system that runs around the lake on the rim of the canyon and on the canyon walls that offer easy riding. There are also lots of steep chutes that come down to the edge of the canyon if you want to test your courage. All in all an enjoyable way to kill an afternoon.

User Reviews (7)

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CRXPilot   Weekend Warrior [May 14, 2007]

It's West Texas canyon walls so it gets pretty rocky. The scenery, esp when compared to in-town trails, is pretty nice. Singletrack right along the rim with Jeep roads to the outside. Relatively flat with short, fun down/uphill sections. A solid once a month monotony breaker. But...

THIS is the wild west from the movies. There are quite a few motorcycle races held in here each year and these local guys boogie. Watch the heck out! Seems like every day is "qualifying" day. Locals shoot guns, throw beer cans, and put Jeeps where Jeeps seemingly can't go.

Just know you're on "their" turf when you pay your $5 to get in.

Customer Service

South side of lake rim, out and back. Seems to be fastest and best thrill for your dollar.

Similar Products Used: MLK (east of MLK blvd.), Mae Simmons (west of MLK blvd.), Palo Duro
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3
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3
SanPatricio   Weekend Warrior [Sep 09, 2005]

Haven't been to BS in a long time and I too was tired of Mae Simmon(MLK)and had read of some work that had been done to BS. Decided to give it a try on Saturday and was pleasantly surprised. Trail has been recently marked with Yellow(easy) and Pink(difficult) arrows and is much more fun. This area has some great singletrack and fire road trails, and once you make it to the old rim trail, the views are spectacular. A fun trail to break up the monotiny of MLK/Purina, but not something I would ride but once or twice a month.

Customer Service

Enter through the main gate to BS and stay on the main road past where you cross the dam. Once past the dam, look for a set of horse stables (white fence) on the left and the trailhead start there. There is a sign for MTB.

Similar Products Used: MLK, Purina
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3
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3
Dok   Weekend Warrior [Sep 21, 2004]

I was getting sick of riding Mae Simmons so I dropped the now $3 to check this trail out. It's a really nice (but hot) ride, great views. There are some pretty technical sections, mainly because you're less than 5' from a 100-200' dropoff. Definitely not a trail I would ride daily, but it's a nice break from the other city style trails in the area. I rode it clockwise and then counterclockwise and it made for a nice 15 or so mile ride.

Customer Service

Ride it clockwise and counterclockwise, different challenges each way.

Similar Products Used: Mae Simmons, Purina
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4
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3
T. Edwards   [Feb 16, 2000]

Rode this place many days when I attended Tech. Not great, but best I knew of when there. Many trails wind around lake, but none were marked. One took you down to the bottom of the dam and through a wooded area. The rest is generally rocky plains with some loose rock climbs. You'll come back with lots of mesquite scratches, but I never had flat problems.

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3
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Mike G   [Jul 24, 2002]

This trail is a loop of about 8 miles. The first half of the trail consists of single track and jeep road. It remains very flat and uneventful with the exception of a few ravines that the trail crosses. Once on the West end of the trail system, a singletrack begins its way back along the edge of the canyon (great views). This half ot the trail has some fun technical sections and will test most riders that make it to the top half of the trail. This trail sysytem is also the host for the West Texas Racing Clubs "Chain Breaker" Mountain Bike Race. This is part of the West Texas Championship Series. I highly recommend this trail.

Customer Service

Take 50th St east to FM40.Turn right and go 1 mile to BSL entrance. Take 1st right and go down hill and across the bridge. Go up hill, park on right by the gate. Hop the gate (it's O.K.) and trail starts there.

Similar Products Used: MLK also known as Mae Simmons, and the Purina Trail system.
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4
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Robin Thomas   [Aug 18, 2002]

Participated in the Chain Breaker Race for the West Texas Championship Series. This was the second time I had ridden this course and found it to be very challenging as there are several technical spots but mostly single track and not many places to pass. This track can be very fast. Enjoyed the race and will look forward to next year.

Customer Service

A cattle guard is the point of origin. Can lift bike over cattle guard and start down fire road. From there you can take several routes.

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3
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The Klein Kid   [May 05, 2003]

This trial is pretty tough. Unfortunately, I got a flat and couldn't finish the rest of it. It starts off being an easy trail, but eventually gets tough. There are alot of options while your riding. There are plenty of hills to climb up and soar down. I think it's more scenic on this trail than on Mae Simmons or Purina. The only downfalls I see to this trail is having to pay $2.00 per person at the gate, and it being a longer drive to get to. The other two trails aren't as far away from downtown Lubbock.

This trail is worth riding. For some reason it has a lower rating than Mae Simmons and Purina, but I think it's just as good as them. To me, Mae Simmons is still the best.

Similar Products Used: Mae Simmons & Purina (both in Lubbock)
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4
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