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Pasture Loop Professional Review and Guide
"An easy ride with manageable grades throughout, this is the place for beginners to test their wheels before tackling the other trails listed here. A simple loop with two small extension loops wanders through the eastern corner of the park, offering serene meadow views and a couple small hills to get you up and looking around. This ride is about as peaceful as they come, a quiet saunter through stands of oak and cedar lined with plenty of grasses and cacti. This is a trail that anyone can handle, so bring your kids or novice friends or significant others and introduce them to the joys of two-wheel travel. It’s a nice mix of singletrack and doubletrack that sees mostly horse traffic—so the surface will be somewhat less than pristine. In fact, in some spots it’s downright rutted with hoofpits, but that’s the breaks. Tread: Mix of doubletrack and singletrack."
--Christopher Hess, Mountain Biking Texas (Falcon Guides).
It would be ideal if these guides weren't so specific to one trail when the trail is part of an area with many...such as Hill Country State Natural Area, in this case.
Get your pass and map at the HQs and park at the Trailhead Equestrian Camp Area. From there even beginners won't have much problem on Wilderness Trail (1), but as you get closer to Ice Cream Hill leave it to those with more experience as the terrain gets a bit more rocky and loose. Many spots on Spring Branch & Spring Run (6 & 6a) will require you to carry your bike, but that's part of MTBin'. The multiple low water crossings are fun and the trails over-all are a nice challenge for all levels.
note: full suspension is a definite benefit here
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