Double Lake Trail

Coldspring, Texas

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An extremely fun, fairly easy, mountain bike–only trail that meanders around the outskirts of the recreation area through the green and scenic Sam Houston National Forest. There’s not a whole lot of elevation gain to contend with here, just a lot of tree-shaded twisty turns and flatland pedal spinning. Sure, it’s pretty flat. But the lack of hell-bent descents (and the climbs that go along with them) does nothing to diminish the level of plain old fun that you and a group of riding buddies can have on this trail. It’s fast and smooth, and there are twists and turns galore—the kind that really make you focus on simple handling skills. Digging into and pedaling through corners are two skills that will most definitely benefit from time spent on the Double Lake Trail, not to mention the endurance you’ll build from the virtual absence of coasting. The canopy formed by the pine and maple trees makes for about as serene a setting as you’ll find in East Texas, and the terrain, though sandy in a few spots, is consistently smooth and solid, interrupted by some roots and blanketed with leaves. There are also a couple small bridges and a wooden boardwalk along the way. Tread: Singletrack.

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"An extremely fun, fairly easy, mountain bike–only trail that meanders around the outskirts of the recreation area through the green and scenic Sam Houston National Forest. There’s not a whole lot of elevation gain to contend with here, just a lot of tree-shaded twisty turns and flatland pedal spinning. Sure, it’s pretty flat. But the lack of hell-bent descents (and the climbs that go along with them) does nothing to diminish the level of plain old fun that you and a group of riding buddies can have on this trail.

It’s fast and smooth, and there are twists and turns galore—the kind that really make you focus on simple handling skills. Digging into and pedaling through corners are two skills that will most definitely benefit from time spent on the Double Lake Trail, not to mention the endurance you’ll build from the virtual absence of coasting. The canopy formed by the pine and maple trees makes for about as serene a setting as you’ll find in East Texas, and the terrain, though sandy in a few spots, is consistently smooth and solid, interrupted by some roots and blanketed with leaves. There are also a couple small bridges and a wooden boardwalk along the way. Tread: Singletrack."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Coldspring
Distance: 7.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round, local conditions permitting
Local Contacts: Sam Houston National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Coldpsring
Driving Directions: Directions to Double Lake Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

3/21/2011
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This is my second trip to Double Lake Recreation area. I really like these trails. They are fun and not super technical. I like the trails because most of them are through the pine forest. There are a lot of trails and some of them seem to connect with trails outside of the park. The trails were well marked, and if not It could be easy to get lost in the woods. These are the best trails that I have found within a day trip from Houston. I highly recommend camping at Double lake as well. The sites are very well maintained and there is a nice lake with a designated swimming area. We recently stayed 4 days and didn't get bored.



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