The Breaks @ Bar H Mountain Bike Ranch - Trail, St. Jo, Texas

The Breaks @ Bar H Mountain Bike Ranch - Trail, St. Jo, Texas

DESCRIPTION

Lots of Trails for riders of all skill levels: Easy Trails; The Oaks, Earl's Way, Rustler's Loop Moderate Trails; Go West, The Hollar, Horseshoes, Armadillo Flats/Ridge Difficult Trails; Tough Breaks, Sidewinder

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 03, 1999]
Geoffrey C. Rogers

Technically this is not a hard trail. The only hard section is Tough Breaks, because it single track and
has steep descends.

This may not be a technical trail, but it has plenty of climbing. It has a relief of around 350 ft. So be prepared for lots of climbing and descending.

The soil conditions are a mixed or rocks, sand and clay. The two trails that have the most clay are Horseshoes and Tough Breaks, so these will be the last
trails to dry after a rain.

Overall the trails are funs and the climbs are tough, hoever you can miss the climbs if you so choose.

Customer Service

Most of the trail can be ridden in either direction. However it best to go Oaks, Holler, Rustler, Earl's Way, Tough Breaks, Go West and Horseshoes.

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[Mar 05, 1999]
Sean

Rode this trail for the second race of the Texas Championship series in the beginner class. If you like to climb this is the place to be, there are hills everywhere. In contrast to the trails I am accustomed to in Austin with loose rock everywhere, this is a relatively smooth track, however there is a lot of sand that is just waiting for you to oversteer in a corner and wash out. This is a very fast trail because of its smoothness that makes it alot of fun, but if you're not in reasonable shape, hook up and oxygen tank to your camelbak because it could get ugly in a hurry. Enjoy!!!

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4
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[Jun 09, 1999]
Bart

When all else is too wet in the Dallas area this may be your only hope. There are a few trails here that hold water but the varying terrain dries quickly. There is a $6 fee for riding here but that does include the use of the mineral showers, ya gotta love that sulphur in the well water! There is a direction to how these trails are recommended to ride but few are will to venture out from the Dallas area to ride here. We have ridden them in both directions and it was great either way.

You will think you are heading into a basically flat open field as you approach The Breaks, but suddenly off to your left you will see a valley were the trails reside.

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On the bike

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4
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[Jun 10, 1999]
Geoff Rogers

There is 350 ft of relief so you will be doing lots on climbing and descending. Overall this is a fast and fun trail with lots of climbing. What climbing you do is reward with fast and fun downhill, were your speed is limited by your skill and daring.

You can ride most of the trails either way. The exceptions are: Tough Breaks - ride from the south end to the north end; and Hole In The Tree - ride from the east end to the west end (going down hill).

Customer Service

There are two routes to go. Race course is Go West, Horseshoe, Tough Breaks, Rustler, Hollier, Sidewinder, The Oaks (going east up hill), Armidillo Ridge, Hole In the Tree and south on The Oaks (or New Oaks). The second route is Horseshoe; Tough Breaks, do the complete Rustler loop; Earl's Way, Copper Head, Hollier, Sidewinder, The Oaks (heading east), Armidillo Ridge, Hole in the Tree, The Oaks (heading south), south loop of the Rustler and Go West (heading east). The race course is about 8.5 miles long and the other one is about 12miles.

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Bring your own drinking water. They do have water but I won't want to drink it.

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5
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[Jun 21, 1999]
Larzman

Great stuff. Great views. Easy to get to from I-35. Close to Saint Jo. Nice showers and bathrooms complete with soap, bug spray, First aide kits, handy trail maps, camping facilities.
Not flat at ALL. Heavy tree coverage on many trails equals SHADE for summer rides.
Most righteous, very well groomed single tracks for all levels of riders. Many non-intimidating trails for the beginners and miles of challenging, fast, steep, off-camber singletracks for intermediate to expert level riders. A great place to ride and well worth the drive from the Metroplex. I liked it.
http://www.mountain-bikes.com/pages/thebreaks.html

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5
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[Aug 09, 1999]
sean

Bring your oxygen!! This trail is very fun, but has some of the most torturous climbs of any trail I have been on. This is overall a fast trail with sections that will really test your cajones while you descend into some serious switchbacks at top speed(make sure your brakes are working!). I really enjoyed riding this trail and would highly recommend it.

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4
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[Jun 13, 2000]
trailbanger

Super trail system! Has a bit for everyone! You can climb to your heart's content then dip, dive, and fly your way from the top of tough breaks all the way down to the holler to get some air. The folks that run it are top notch! If at all possible make this a must ride. I met a guy there from N carolina. and we had a blast discovering the trails there!I hope to get back soon and ride the devil's backbone!

Customer Service

Start at camp do tough breaks then just play around like a mad hare!

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5
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[Sep 05, 2000]
Ryan

The trails were fast and fun, the lower trails to get to the Backbone were very fast, but not very challenging comparatively. Great views at some of the high points. The day we went it was 108F +. I don't recommend you ride on a hot day like that! It's hard to carry enough water.
Devils Backbone is a full tilt singletrack. There is alot of sharp switchback climbing, which is tough to negotiate. The downhills are very fast, with "whoops" thrown in to either allow you to brake or get some air.
The Horseshoes was a fun ride right after the Backbone.
Make sure you have a patch kit and a pump plus your Co2 filler. We didn't need it, but there are lots of places to get flats!
Rescue: Well if you get hurt on the easier trails then you can usually get a truck into where you are. If you seriously hurt yourself on the Devils backbone, then you will have to have one of your buddies make it back to the camp and get help. I don't think there is too much vehicle access to the Backbone. Rescue workers will have a very tough time hauling your butt up the hill to the road or following the trail back to camp with you on a stretcher ;)
They have showers and campsites here. water is available, but I could not bring myself to drink it due to the horrible taste and smell. Bring your own water and lots of it.
If you choose to do the Epic ride you can swing back into camp to refill the water easily when you finish the Horseshoe, then you can complete the inner trail.

You have to sign a waiver and pay $6 per person. Helmets are also required. Dogs must be on leash (boooo) Like I'm going to drag my dog down the hillside via the leash....

Trail maps are provided at the base camp station.

Customer Service

On our first trip this weekend to the Break @ -H we took the first half of of the "Epic Loop". Start out on the Oaks, Sidewinder, Holler, to Copperhead, to Devil's Backbone, Horseshoes, back to camp. 8.89 Miles on the bike computer.

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4
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[Oct 01, 2001]
Walker

Rode on September 29th...Air temp around 60 in the morning afternoon high was lower 80's.....With the exception of Rustler's Loop, Parts of The Oaks and Hole In The Tree, most track here is ATV or double-wide track and not singletrack. Hole In The Tree was my favorite ride then back up The Oaks to the east. The Holler was very unique but make sure there has been no rainfall in the past week (it's in a creekbed) but it is mostly sandy loam soil and not rock. The ground here is mostly sand but very easy to ride in. Great shower area near the campgrounds. Little dog here will bark his head off if you arrive at night so beware! Wish county road 433 was PAVED! Friendly riders all around. I ran into about 15 to 20 on Saturday. Tough Breaks, Bureau of Indian Affairs are tough. I was told that Devil's Backbone was not even ridable 100% so I didn't venture out there. Maybe next time.....The route I outline above is around 10 to 11 miles. Maps at the shower/sign in area. Most trails here work off the hill and down into a valley. So riding down means climbing back up to camp. Overall a good place for beginners to intermediate level riding. Not miles of single track though. Lots of double track, some fairly fast downhill, with bvrief fun singletrack thrown in to make it interesting.

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.

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4
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[May 20, 2002]
Jerry

A buddy of mine and I did our latest road trip out to Texas and back. "Bar H" was my favorite stop. We camped and made good friends with the land manager. Do your part to keep trails like this open and donate what you can for the owner, for it is private land.
There was a multitude of epic rides. All the trails are easily accessible from one to the next, and if you plan the route ahead of time, it's the $hit. We rode over sixty miles with only camping one night. Night rides are highly encouraged, and bring your climbing legs! We left for one lap of an 11-mile night ride, and decided to do the whole thing over again.
Not for the faint of heart riders, especially "Devils Backbone." A good bit of switchbacks, hard climbs, sweet descents, jumps and big ring open singletrack cover the entire area.
If you've never been to North Texas, don't be discouraged by the insanity of driving the miles of flat highway to get to St. Jo....somehow there is a huge friggin hole in the ground that calls itself Bar H. The terrain is untouched since the cattle days of over 150 years ago (besides fat tire trails). The ranch trails are designed by a Arrowhead Trails from Colorado, and any other inhabitants have to yeild to bikers. Sweet. Including the poisonous snakes. Oh yeah....don't go out at night alone. There's warm-blooded creatures out there that can get pretty hungery.
Be good out there, and treat the lady of the land with some respect.

Customer Service

Maps are available at the main campsite. Some trails are direction specific, but most are great in both directions.

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5
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