Muleshoe Bend Trail

Austin, Texas

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What a sweet piece of Hill Country single-track. I love this trail; it’s not too hard and it is in a nice quiet woods. We’re out in the boonies here, boys and girls. A good place to relax, or to take your newbie friends, maybe. You will see signs of people blowing around laying down some serious skids, but I don’t see Muleshoe as that kind of place. I passed several hikers along this trail, and I wouldn’t want them to get the wrong idea. There are other places, back in the city, to rip. Leave this one in good shape when you go. Please? The name Muleshoe Bend comes from a bend in the Colorado River that you will ride near. The trail is on the finger of land that’s stuck into the bend. Weird—I lived in a place called Muleshoe, Texas, once. It’s much prettier here than there—in fact, it’s downright “tall cotton.” The park is actually called the Muleshoe Recreation Area by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), the land managers. The Texas Hill Country is one of those places where everyone wants to live. It’s the beautiful heart of Texas. Trails like this one are only a small reason for that, but a substantial one. Trails like Muleshoe are few and far between and should be savored and cherished. Good mountain bike trails don’t grow on cedar trees, they only come into existence a few at a time.
Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma

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Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma

by Chuck Cypert (Menasha Ridge Press)

What a sweet piece of Hill Country single-track. I love this trail; it’s not too hard and it is in a nice quiet woods. We’re out in the boonies here, boys and girls. A good place to relax, or to take your newbie friends, maybe. You will see signs of people blowing around laying down some serious skids, but I don’t see Muleshoe as that kind of place. I passed several hikers along this trail, and I wouldn’t want them to get the wrong idea. There are other places, back in the city, to rip. Leave this one in good shape when you go. Please? The name Muleshoe Bend comes from a bend in the Colorado River that you will ride near. The trail is on the finger of land that’s stuck into the bend. Weird—I lived in a place called Muleshoe, Texas, once. It’s much prettier here than there—in fact, it’s downright “tall cotton.”

The park is actually called the Muleshoe Recreation Area by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), the land managers. The Texas Hill Country is one of those places where everyone wants to live. It’s the beautiful heart of Texas. Trails like this one are only a small reason for that, but a substantial one. Trails like Muleshoe are few and far between and should be savored and cherished. Good mountain bike trails don’t grow on cedar trees, they only come into existence a few at a time.

©  Chuck Cypert/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Austin
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Year-round, except after rain
Local Contacts: Lower Colorado River Authority
Driving Directions: Directions to Muleshoe Bend Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/14/2007
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Fun twisty singletrack through a variety of scrub oak, cedar, and cactus. Not much elevation gain on the 6.5 mile one-way loop, but lots of places to hammer to get in shape for your XC season. It's a girlfriend ride if you want to take it slow and easy on your SS, or more intense if you want to dial every corner and hit every turn at precision apex. Enough little rocky sections that make you choose a fast line, but nothing scary or dismount-ing (unless you're too fat to ride a bike). I like this trail a lot for its flow and the way it uses the natural landscape for its lines. Some new off piste development is a new bonus, but still, it's not the most challenging. Fun, and fast, and ripping out 14 miles (2 loops) is a good morning -- but Central Texas needs Muleshoe+Rocky Hill+Dr's Park + 401 + 403 + the Troybuilt Loop rolled into one trail. We have enough space, just not enough open minded pistol toting ranchers. -- font9a



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