Palo Pinto Ramble

Palo Pinto, Texas

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The tiny town of Palo Pinto takes its name from the beautiful natural features found throughout Palo Pinto County. Palo Pinto Creek is dammed to form Lake Palo Pinto to the south. Limestone outcroppings prominent to the east are known to geologists as the Palo Pinto formation, and Palo Pinto is the name of a colorful building stone found here. The town sits on the edge of a small range known locally as the Palo Pinto Mts. On this ride you'll start in the town, cross the creek, ride along the lake shore, pass the outcroppings, and climb the small range. A favorite feature of this ride is the wooded canyon you'll climb through at the end of the route. This route is described in a counter-clockwise direction from town to save the prettiest part of the ride (and the one store along the way) for last. To enjoy the best portion of this ride right away, consider riding the route in a clockwise direction, starting with a nice descent. Terrain: rolling hills, with a long climb near the finish. Road: US 180 has a wide shoulder; FM roads are two lanes, no shoulder, light traffic.

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"The tiny town of Palo Pinto takes its name from the beautiful natural features found throughout Palo Pinto County. Palo Pinto Creek is dammed to form Lake Palo Pinto to the south. Limestone outcroppings prominent to the east are known to geologists as the Palo Pinto formation, and Palo Pinto is the name of a colorful building stone found here. The town sits on the edge of a small range known locally as the Palo Pinto Mts.

On this ride you'll start in the town, cross the creek, ride along the lake shore, pass the outcroppings, and climb the small range. A favorite feature of this ride is the wooded canyon you'll climb through at the end of the route. This route is described in a counter-clockwise direction from town to save the prettiest part of the ride (and the one store along the way) for last. To enjoy the best portion of this ride right away, consider riding the route in a clockwise direction, starting with a nice descent. Terrain: rolling hills, with a long climb near the finish. Road: US 180 has a wide shoulder; FM roads are two lanes, no shoulder, light traffic."

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Palo Pinto
Distance: 28.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Palo Pinto Ramble

Recent Trail Reviews

5/28/2006
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Very scenic ride with lots of chip seal. Highway 180 was newly paved with chip seal making it a bumpy road...otherwise plenty of shoulder to ride safely. 919 is a two lane road with very little traffic and lots of hills. 3137 was the smoothest of all the roads. FM 4 is also a bumpy ride due to the chip seal...one long steap climb that you have to be very cautious with...cars fly around the corners and there is no shoulder. All in all I would rate the scenery at a 5 and the roads around a 2.



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