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Wilderness Trail / Bandera Creek Professional Review and Guide
"This loop offers a great blend of steady flatland riding and a nice climb up (and descent down) Ice Cream Hill in the far west corner of the park. The route back from the hill follows Bandera Creek, crossing and recrossing it in some tight and swervy singletrack. Though the front end of the trail might lull you into blissful spaciness, keep your wits about you for the trip up and over Ice Cream Hill. As with most riding out here, the going’s not terribly difficult, but it’s pretty easy to tumble if you’re not paying attention. The return trip along and through Bandera Creek is soggy after rain and speedy after drought, so plan accordingly. 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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