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Memorial Park: Ho Chi Minh Trail West Professional Review and Guide
"Start on the west side of the Ho Chi Minh Trail behind the parking lot and to the right of the map signboard. Go over the bridge and then turn left to get on the trail. There is a large football/soccer field to the right of the trail, and woodlands on the left. The trail surface is dirt with some old asphalt at the beginning, but once you get into the trees, it remains predominantly dirt with exposed tree roots. These trails are used heavily on weekends by cyclists, so stay to the right of the trail and listen for their approach. Once past the football/soccer field, the vegetation gets dense on both sides of the trail and stays that way, creating a very shady environment that is often cooler than the surrounding area."
--Laurie Roddy, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston (Menasha Ridge Press).
It was cold... hovering around 31 in the sunshine, but this trail is 100% shaded. Very nice trail, this coming from a beginner, mind you. Pay close attention to the directions- I encountered red, orange, purple, yellow and blue sign posts in many different forks and splits. I took a wrong turn right at the start and took about a half mile detour down the red trail- so be careful. Also, I don't see how bikers can do this trail with all of the hills and roots. Be careful if you don't have proper ankle support with your shoes- this is an ankle twister.
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