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Memorial Park Professional Review and Guide
"This is an easy day in the heart of Houston. A five-mile network of trails criss-cross the 155-acre center. The trails wind through a lush second-growth forest of tall loblolly pines and mixed hardwoods. The two-mile outer loop provides a good introduction to the park. Water is available at the trailhead."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking Texas (Falcon Guides).
intermediate's opinion: I am a regular of these trails and for a park in the middle of a large city it gives enough of a work out to keep me in good shape and its technical enough to translate to other trails when I ride elsewhere. BUT, as a regular I know of other unmarked trails that are more advanced, so if I were to rate just what is "publicized" I would say they are intermediate in spots at best...mainly due to rootiness. The main trails (yellow,blue,red.orange- except for green) are broken up which can be frustrating and confusing to newbies. All in all... worth a ride for beginners and intermediates, easy for advanced level but probably enough to keep them satisfied. BTW green is my favorite and the longest.
Having only a few hours while in the Houston area, I was anxious to hit the trails. Like the other review of this site, I also hit a TON of mosquitos and paid the price for the lack of repellent. Ouch! The trails themselves were decent. Definitely a nice break from city life, but certianly not worth making a trip for these trails.
Memorial Park tends to get over crowded. But go across Memorial and just west to the Aboritorium. Great family hike. Several trails. Would recommend to a beginner hiker.
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