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    Memorial Park: Cambodia Trail

    West University Place, Texas

    Memorial Park Cambodia Trail

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    "Memorial Park, the largest urban park in Texas, is often called the Central Park of Houston. It includes an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, baseball and softball fields, football and soccer fields, picnic sites, a 3-mile jogging trail, swimming pool, croquet, volleyball, in-line skating, cycling, and hiking.

    The 1,600-acre park was acquired by William C. Hogg from the U.S. government in 1918; he subsequently turned it over to the City of Houston. The park already contains many hiking and biking trails, but there are plans to add additional trails. All the wooded areas on the south side of the park are crisscrossed by trails, many of which run along Buffalo Bayou and other smaller creeks."

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    Houston, TX
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    1/2/2011
    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
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    Houston, TX
    Explorer | 53 pts
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    5/26/2010
    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
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    Pensacola, FL
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    8/30/2009
    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.
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    Brownsville, TX
    Pathfinder | 65 pts
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    8/7/2009
    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.
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    Houston, TX
    Pathfinder | 170 pts
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    7/25/2009
    The trail has been shortened, I am not sure why but it may be due to wash outs from recent heavy rain. We only ran into 3 bikers on the trail. The heavy canopy of trees keeps you in the shade 95% of the time. Be sure to bring lots of water, you will sweat! The hike was kind of short so we also went down the orange and red trail that explore more of the interior of the park that the purple trails loops around.
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    Bellaire, TX
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    6/12/2009
    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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    Houston, TX
    Explorer | 20 pts
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    3/20/2009
    Love this park nice for beginners and the novice challenges courses and smooth sailing
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    Houston, TX
    Pathfinder | 61 pts
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    1/9/2009
    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.
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    Astrodome, TX
    Explorer | 21 pts
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    3/11/2006
    Great trails. You can ride everything from a nice hard packed flat path to some very challenging drops and climbs. Memorial is a great place to ride in the city, and is close enough to head out for a last minute ride.
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    Hazelwood, WA
    Pathfinder | 170 pts
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    7/27/2003
    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.
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    Melissa Gaskill
    "Memorial Park is a green oasis in the middle of Houston, the country’s fourth-largest city, and while much of it is heavily used and often crowded, time it right and you may have these trails almost to yourself. Half a dozen routes snake through a forested area bounded by Memorial Drive, the Southern Pacific Railroad, and Buffalo Bayou." Read more
    "Combine portions of the Purple, Yellow, Red, Blue, and Orange Trails into a loop that covers the most interesting areas of the park. Memorial Park is the largest urban park in Texas, nearly double the size of New York’s Central Park." Read more
    "Combine portions of the Purple, Orange, Yellow, Red, and Blue Trails into a loop that covers the most interesting areas of Memorial Park—the largest urban park in Texas, nearly double the size of New York’s Central Park. Camp Logan, a World War I army training camp, occupied this site from 1917 to 1923. The family of James Hogg (governor of Texas from 1891 to 1895) sold 1,503 acres to the city in 1924 and later donated another 1,000 acres for the park." Read more

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    Dog-friendly
    Accessibility
    3.4
    Distance
    Out-and-back
    Trail Type
    Moderate
    Skill Level
    2 hours
    Duration
    Year-round
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