Memorial Park Trails

Houston, Texas

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7 Reviews
4 out of 5
This is all a lot of Houston mountain bikers know. And this is still the quintessential Houston-area mountain bike trail. The older maze of ridiculousness and general foolish riding has become a thing of the past. You will see barricades where bad places have been closed off; hopefully this will result in some healing over the years. This is now a nice park, probably not all beginner, but there are plenty of 95/95 parts. There’s some mid-level stuff to tease you into thinking you’re “da man,” and there are some respectable expert-level assault zones, if you know where to look. The Purple and Blue trails are not real severe, the Yellow and Orange offer more challenging riding, and the Green and Red are downright expert in places. Memorial Park is a place you can just go do laps of each little bit that appeals to you. Mix in a lap over here, one over there, a loop of this part, a loop of that, ad nauseam. Watch for other trail users; there appears to be no set approach to how riders and hikers use these trails, people seem to just wander. And I mean you are right in the belly of the beast here. This is Houston—you are a bike toss from downtown and some of the major monster freeway interchanges.

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"This is all a lot of Houston mountain bikers know. And this is still the quintessential Houston-area mountain bike trail. The older maze of ridiculousness and general foolish riding has become a thing of the past. You will see barricades where bad places have been closed off; hopefully this will result in some healing over the years. This is now a nice park, probably not all beginner, but there are plenty of 95/95 parts. There’s some mid-level stuff to tease you into thinking you’re “da man,” and there are some respectable expert-level assault zones, if you know where to look.

The Purple and Blue trails are not real severe, the Yellow and Orange offer more challenging riding, and the Green and Red are downright expert in places. Memorial Park is a place you can just go do laps of each little bit that appeals to you. Mix in a lap over here, one over there, a loop of this part, a loop of that, ad nauseam. Watch for other trail users; there appears to be no set approach to how riders and hikers use these trails, people seem to just wander. And I mean you are right in the belly of the beast here. This is Houston—you are a bike toss from downtown and some of the major monster freeway interchanges."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Houston
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Several options
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Season: Year-round, except after rain
Local Contacts: Houston Parks and Recreation Department
Driving Directions: Directions to Memorial Park Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

1/2/2011
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At the beginning you have to ride on the road path to a entrance that is well hidden. Once you get on it though it is pretty straight forward on the green trail. I starts out going a little smooth then you start to hit roots than rock than sand. At the end you can catch som air on th woop section. It is awosome


5/26/2010
1

I do these trails all the time. People haul down these and its not one way. Make sure to call out where you are all the time. Runners share the trails also. The trails are pretty easy and you should prob do the green if you dont want to ride by people on Mongoose bikes if ya catch my drift


8/30/2009
0

On the weekend these trails are rather crowded, but mid week mornings you may only see a couple riders. There is a green trail, I thought it meant an easy trail (skiing history) so I rode it thinking I would take my beginner friend along too... Yeah, not so much. There are a lot of technical areas due to the roots on the short drop and climb sections requiring good line selection and there are logs to go over and a couple places where you have to duck. Yesterday I rode some of the purple trail with my friend. Its nice and wide (two abreast) and would be great for beginners ) but we didn't make it around that. There is a steep section about 55 feet top to bottom on the purple trail (too steep to walk the bike down without slipping down). Haven't ridden the rest of the trails yet but right now, I would have to say its the best single track riding in Houston. If its rained within 24 hours expect some mud on a short section of the green trail.


8/7/2009
0

I visited this trail for the first time and was fairly impressed. The trails themselves were in very good shape. As far as I can see there were only two minor drawbacks: (1) Sometimes it felt too crowded. There were a lot of bikers and hikers as well as joggers and people walking their dogs. This was not a big problem because its a large park but one has to be very careful when riding so as to not run over someone else. (2) Too many tree roots on some areas of the trail. Again not a huge deal but it does get somewhat annoying to be going over tree roots constantly.


6/12/2009
0

Great place to play. Easy access, some thrilling rides. Easy mountain bike rental at Westend bikes just 12min ride from the trails. For mostly paved riding one can then go east along memorial to the bayou trails into downtown .. ride over to memorial and shephard and ride the north side of the bayou into downtown ... discovery park downtown by the convention center makes for a good destination (street riding down town).



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May 2018