Bar H Ranch - Trail, Saint Jo-Gainesville, Texas

Bar H Ranch - Trail, Saint Jo-Gainesville, Texas

DESCRIPTION

All kinds of terrain. Smooth hardpack, loose gravel, rocky creek beds, steep hills. This place is great. Uncrowded, well maintained, good variety of terrains, real hill climbs. The people that run this place are so friendly. For six dollars you can camp-out and ride all you want. They even have showers so you don't have to drive home nasty. Imagine camping out surrounded by nothing but bikers. This place is well worth the drive. Go out and support The Bar-H Ranch.

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 09, 2009]
boisebomber
Cross Country Rider

rode horeshoe and devil's backbone and back on earls way.....

devil's backbone is the tuffest trail in texas...4.5 miles with over 2500' elevation change. i checked myself into a muenster beir-haus for fluid replacement

IMPORTANT :review the website (http://www.barhbreaks.com/our_trails.htm) .

this interactive trail map describes each trail section. you can piece together a ride to fit your talents and abilities. per-plan your ride as currently there is no map at trail head. trail junctions are marked but no big ole TH orientation map. you'll be shooting from the hip if you don'.

wonderful complex of trails with water and showers and bathroom. $6.00 dialy fee. campng too.

other reviews pretty well describe the trail system.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 20, 2007]
TexReign
Cross Country Rider

This place is worth the trouble to find! It has enough variety to appeal to everyone. There were challenges that had me pushing uphill, and there were other trails that were great for introducing my friend's kid to mountain biking. (he's hooked now!) With plenty of room for camping and goofing off between rides. Showers (hot and cold) and water/electrical hookups are available. Tia keeps the trails in great shape.

Customer Service

Devil's Backbone is the most challenging trail I found and long enough to keep any masochist happy for a while. Horseshoe and the trails it intersects are great Intermediate trails with plenty of vertical work. Commanche Dance is a whirlwind to ride with short climbs, descents, and an extra-tight woods section that will test your slow-speed balance skills. You are never far from camp on any trail, and you can ride till you are beat and not ride anything twice. Oh, but you will ride things twice or thrice once you find your favorites.

Similar Products Used:

Are there other trails in this area?

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 03, 2007]
christexan
Cross Country Rider

There are many trails to choose from each with their own personality, from challenging climbs up and quick descents down a ridgeline and the bluff at the edge of the property, to wide open singletrack through the fields where your legs determine your limits, to the double-track through the center of the property (old ranch access road) that is about as rocky as some of the rockiest trail sections. No big logs, no big rocks to climb/drop, just singletrack, windy, sometimes slippery on loose stone, cross-country riders rejoice, if you are looking for tricks, stunts, challenging creek crossings, ladders, etc, not a place you will enjoy.
Had to post since so few posts are here, and to update the trail location map (nice new feature MTBR). Oh, and the elevation changes from just over 1200ft on the highest portions down to 900ft in the lowest sections (and a lot of criss-crossing along the way, for a good workout). Something you won't find much of in North Texas trails.

Customer Service

The access road/entrance road "splits" at the old farmhouse. For the more challenging climbs and descents, go "left" at any of the trail sections off the road (the main entrance, or the left-side of the road split. For the more open/level sections of the trail, take trails away from the entrance side of the jeep road. And for a few windy wooded trails, go "right" from the entrance road or right-split part of the road. The website has all the details, the trails in the middle of the map are the pretty open landscape trails (ride in the morning/evening, in the afternoon these sections bake).
http://barhbreaks.com/our_trails.htm

Similar Products Used:

Johnson Branch - Lake Ray Roberts near Tioga; Isle Du Bois - Lake Ray Roberts near Sanger; Northshore Trail - Grapevine; Boulder Park - Dallas;

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 22, 2006]
Badland Jack
Cross Country Rider

The cool thing about this trail is you feel like you own the place when you are there. Tia and the crew are super friendly, and you can camp just about wherever you want. Don't worry about the six bucks-small price to pay for this amazing mountain bike haven. I spent two days and rode it with my girlfriend-just getting into mtb, and my daughter-loves to ride, but is afraid she is going to break a nail or skin her knees. And I like crashing through the woods with my hair on fire, We all had a excellent weekend. There is something for everyone at this trail. I spent the weekend and only met one other biker. So take a tent and plenty of water, and cruise on out. you will be glad you did.Peace~jackson-out

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 05, 1999]
Dave Montgomery

On your way out to the ranch you're probably wondering "where can a race worthy trail be out here in this flat farm land" . Thats when you come upon the Red River Valley and see some vertical relief. This is a great trail made with Mt Bikers in mind. There are hills to climb and to fly down, dry creek runs, banked turns and smooth forest trails. Its worth at least one trip if you live in North Texas.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Apr 24, 2000]
Berry Coffman

Recently rode the new "Devils Backbone" and I have to say that Tia and the gang have outdone themselves this time around.

Bar-H is a mix of fast flats, fast downhills and grueling climbs. Smallish rocks on the climbs and fast, twisty, sometimes sandy flat sections. An excellent workout and an even better recreation ride with a group or by yourself. Good views, clean air
and a landowner that not only likes bikes, but caters to them. Thank you!

Just about all skill levels can ride out here. If you are new, stick to the lower trails. If you want a workout, hit the climbs and then hammer the flats.

Customer Service

Depends on the mood. So many trails and so many options, you can ride 5 times and never do it the same. Get a map at the trail-head (when you pay your $$$)
and pick your route.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 10, 2000]
Todd

Rode this trail after tons of rain. Tia, the owner, did not seem to care that we were riding trails while extremely wet. We ask!!! The first day I could not get a feel for the trail b/c of all the mud. I did get a good workout carrying my bike b/c the wheels would not turn. However, they do have a bike wash available. I rode the next day. Still somewhat muddy but surprisingly fast. Trails are not to demanding but some of the new trail appear to be more of a workout when they are completed. The camping is good. You can party and get a little loud if you want and not get thrown out of the park, i.e. any TX state park.

Customer Service

system of different trail links by fireroad

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 01, 2001]
Walker

Mostly doubletrack (ATV) but there is some singletrack. Hole in the Tree is Great then back oon The Oaks (east) to camp. Good beginner to intermediate ride. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Tough Breaks, and Devil's Backbone are all advanced. Maps at shower/sign in area. Warch out for the little barking dog. Pet the cat!

Customer Service

A nice mixture of beginner to intermediate riding is Go West to Rustler's Loop, complete loop and then Earl's Way or Split Ears heading south, head to Copper Head next, The Holler,Sidewinder(if it's open), The Oaks (heading east), Armadillo Flats or Ridge, Hole in the Tree(h a n g o n), The Oaks heading south, south loop of the Rustler and Earl's Way heading east to camp.

Similar Products Used:

See The Breaks at Bar H Ranch for other reviews!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 12, 2001]
David Fambrough

Some of the best climbs you'll find relatively close to the DFW area. The trails are rather sandy in parts and rocky in others. Bureau of Indian Affairs has some tight corners/switchbacks that will surprise you. (I have a nice chain ring scar on my calve as a result.) Most of it isn't too technical in a tight singletrack kind of way, more in a cardio, endurance way. Fairly open in the sun, so bring lots of water. It get hot out there quick, especially during the summer.

Customer Service

Armadilo's Ridge to Hole in the Tree is a good one to start with because it's mostly downhill, giving your legs a chance to warm up. Then it's a good time to ride Devil's Backbone before you get too tired.

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www.dorba.org

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 29, 2001]
James

I was skeptical to pay $6 up-front to ride. I was pleasantly surprised to receive such a return on investment. These trails are pretty fun. There's nothing really all that technical. There are some good climbs though. You will use your granny gear on some of the Devil's Backbone and Tough Breaks. I can't figure out why Sidewinder was considered technical except for a few roots and ledges to climb. I hit nearly every trail on the map in a few hours. It will be nice when the new section (Phase III) is open. It's definitely worth the investment. It's best described as the single track portions of 12 Miles of Hell but fast like Lake McMurtry in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Customer Service

It's hard to say...just choose whatever trails you want. I rode most everything except for a portion of Split Ear so I could do Bureau of Indian Affairs. After a few times out, I imagine you wouldn't need a map.

Similar Products Used:

Not sure.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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