X Bar Ranch

Eldorado, Texas

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A fine entry in the growing list of private ranches giving mountain bikers a go at their acreage, X Bar Ranch is one of the jewels of West Texas riding. It’s quickly accessible to folks from most of Central Texas’ major metropolitan areas, which makes it a very appealing weekend destination. That it’s such a pleasant place to pass a couple days doesn’t hurt, either. Standing on the back porch of the Live Oak Lodge, you can look out and see for miles, and you’ll rejoice at the fact that all you survey, you are about to ride. It’s a gorgeous spread—a green and bristly conjoining of near West Texas and the farthest reaches of the Hill Country—and the riding is nothing short of fantastic. The combination of rocky singletrack winding through thick mesquite and juniper on a curvy course at the front end and long, sweeping stretches of doubletrack in an open pasture on the back half offers riders a little bit of everything, including some tough climbs and tricky descents. Tread: Mostly singletrack, some doubletrack.

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"A fine entry in the growing list of private ranches giving mountain bikers a go at their acreage, X Bar Ranch is one of the jewels of West Texas riding. It’s quickly accessible to folks from most of Central Texas’ major metropolitan areas, which makes it a very appealing weekend destination. That it’s such a pleasant place to pass a couple days doesn’t hurt, either. Standing on the back porch of the Live Oak Lodge, you can look out and see for miles, and you’ll rejoice at the fact that all you survey, you are about to ride.

It’s a gorgeous spread—a green and bristly conjoining of near West Texas and the farthest reaches of the Hill Country—and the riding is nothing short of fantastic. The combination of rocky singletrack winding through thick mesquite and juniper on a curvy course at the front end and long, sweeping stretches of doubletrack in an open pasture on the back half offers riders a little bit of everything, including some tough climbs and tricky descents. Tread: Mostly singletrack, some doubletrack."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Eldorado
Distance: 12
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round, local conditions permitting
Local Maps: USGS Eldorado SW
Driving Directions: Directions to X Bar Ranch

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May 2018