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Jack Brooks Park Trail Professional Review and Guide
"I don’t need filler, at this point, and if I didn’t like riding here I would have left the Jack Brooks Park out. I dig it, the gumbo reminds me of home, and the short ups and downs are really exciting if you have the right attitude. The problem is that I know a lot of people who absolutely hate this place. The trails here are all located in the trees along Highland Bayou. The good ones anyway. There’s some other single-track in the park, but I personally wouldn’t bother. I like the parts in the woods. Riding here is like riding around inside that place with all the snakes in the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Every tree root looks like the biggest and nastiest water moccasin you ever saw. The scary part is that you get so used to trying to mentally eliminate each one as a real threat that pretty soon you miss the real ones. If there ain’t snakes here, then I am not a cyclist. Just ‘cause I look stupid don’t mean I’m not."
--Chuck Cypert, Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma (Menasha Ridge Press).
Somehow "watch out for the roots" just don't cut it. The roots are in all the most challenging laces on the upside and downsides of the hills. Use plenty of brakes the first dime you run it. If you are gonna push it, I'd recommend full face helmet in case you loose it and kiss one of the 10e6 trees on the sides of the path. Like a good wine I think this trail is going to be an acquired taste.
The trails out here have changed much since this site was started. Descriptions & maps here are no longer correct.
I am the GHORBA ( Greater Houston Off Road Biking Association ) Trail Steward for the park. We maintain the trail system there for the county.
The trails are now 6.5 miles long, all single track & one way. Signage & arrows are everywhere. It is a very technical trail system yet, does have some intermediate areas. We have also added a few TTFs in a couple of sections.
Trail conditions can be obtained at www.ghorba.org or http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/jack_brooks_trails/
Summer time does have mosquitos & golden orb spiders, not an aggressive spider, just scary. Stay away when wet.
We have up to date maps on the Yahoo Groups site.
Come out & join us for a ride,
I am not sure how Memorial Park and the Ant Hills are in a higher rank than this place, but I just got back from there today and JBP is one of the best trails I have ridden in Houston. Hell Trail is a damn good work out if you ride the whole thing. Check it out!!!
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