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Broken Oak Ranch

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No. of Reviews: 4

The Broken Oak Ranch consists of 420 acres of heavily wooded, rugged terrain with a total elevation change of 185 feet. There are cliffs that provide spectacular vistas of Bosque County. There is a picnic area in the lower valley that has century old oaks and pecan trees. There are ponds, creek beds, numerous ridge lines and two fire roadswith intense climbs. The WBC has already cleared about 20 miles of double and single track while rapidly adding trails and grooming existing courses. Trail building is progressing nicely and the trails are bedding in better than expected. Beginning in 2003 race #8 of the Subaru Texas Championship Series will be held at the Broken Oak Ranch. This will be a spectator friendly course. The race loop has been designed in a cloverleaf manner in order to provide spectators with three viewing opportunities of racers/riders. Just as with other facilities of this type, the ranch will be open to the public on a limited basis. Beginning in February 2003 the ranch will be open to the public one weekend a month through October. The land owner will be asking a $5 land access fee per day to come and ride. Additional rides can be arranged through the Waco Bicycle Club. In addition, the WBC will be holding its second annual Fall Mountain Bike Festival at the ranch. Maps, ranch operating hours, and additional information can be located on our website: www.teamwbc.com
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Latitude
31.62999849900255
Longitude
-97.46246337890625
Trail Directions
1) From Interstate 35 in Waco take HWY 6 north to Valley Mills. 2) When you pass through town you will see Little League fields on your left. 3) Once you pass the Little League fields you will continue north for 2 miles. 4) To your right you will see FM 3310 (this road is at the base of the overpass which crosses RR tracks and across from a dozer work sign). 5) Turn right onto 3310 and drive for 1.5 miles(during this phase you will cross a new concrete bridgenext to an old wooden suspension bridge). 6) At the conclusion of the 1.5 mile trek (windy gravel road) youll see a prominent pipe fence and a single chimney close to the main gate on your right. 7) The property has huge century oak trees, picnic benches and a few structures. Congratulations, you're now at the Broken Oak Mountain Bike Ranch.
Trail Length
~20 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Valley Mills / Waco
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
November 21, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: christianer1 ,  Racer

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Video of Trail

http://www.pedalmasher.com/html/2003_spring.html

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cameron Park, Waco



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Review Date
May 20, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

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Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: David L , from San Antonio

Summary:
Pre-rode Broken Oak this past weekend (2 laps on Saturday and 2 more on Sunday). Great place to camp, although there were no showers for the pre-ride there will be for the race. This is a challenging narrow trail that has some tough climbs and some steep decents that garner your full attention. Overall, the first four miles are not very technical, although the first mile is an uphill climb that may tax your lungs and legs. The trail narrows at that point with many loose off camber curves that keep you honest. Gravity Cavity is a hoot and requires some technique, but it's great fun once mastered. Be sure to ride out to the edge of the bluf for a spectacular view when you get to Stringer's Ridge. Mr. Stringer, one of the ranch's owners is a great guy who seems to get a kick out of the fun the bikers are having on his land. He is also very appreciative of the way we've kept the place so clean, so be sure to do your part. I can't wait to ride Broken Oak again.

Recommended Route:
Intermed/Exp - Gravity Cavity is really cool
There's plenty for the beginner too, although the beginner course wasn't marked very well for the pre-ride.



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Review Date
April 7, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: dredge , from Waco, TX

Summary:
This trail system is amazing, and 10 times more difficult than it looks because it's all brand new and not packed in tight. I've been on it twice with the Waco Bike Club - first time I did the Red loop w/ the WBC Team. It killed me, so I had to drop out half way through. Second time, I did the green loop - the first half was confusing as we had a hard time finding the trail markers, but the second half was a lot of fun! long rolling singletrack with plenty of scenary, sharp curves, and loose gravel / dirt to keep you on your best guess at what to expect next. All you sport / expert class people must hit Gravity Cavity on the Red loop. This trail is unlike anything else - imagine doing a half-pipe on a mountain bike, except that it's has been overgrown by trees, cactus, and rock gardens. Contact the Waco Bike Club for info on riding this system.

Recommended Route:
for fast, fun, beginner / intermediate - the Green loop. for intermediates to be challenged, or for Experts - the Red loop.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Cameron Park, Waco TX. hwy 6 to Waco, I-35 N. to University Drive, turn right (west), follow river into the park.



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Review Date
December 10, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: John , from Dallas, Texas

Summary:
I rode this trail as a "Mystery Ride" through DORBA. I didn't know what quite to expect since no one had ever ridden this trail system before (except WBC members). I have to admit I didn't expect much since nothing compares to Cameron Park and this area has little to offer--I thought. Boy, was I wrong!! This place rocks!! My hat goes off to the WBC for putting the time and energy into good trail design. These guys have put their heart and soul into this project and it shows. There are intense climbs, switchbacks (which are really lacking in Texas), fireroad climbs (like found in Lajitas--only shorter), and awesome singletrack. I recently discovered they've been added to the TMBRA schedule and I can't wait!! This place is going to be one of the best in Texas. One final note--besides a great mountain bike facility--I have to admit this has to be the most GORGEGIOUS PIECE OF PROPERTY in TEXAS!! You HAVE to check this place out!!

Recommended Route:
Red Loop

Other recommended trails in the same area:
One bonus to the Broken Oak is it's location. Cameron Park is just fifteen minutes away--and everyone knows this place ROCKS! Now that I think of it...how did Waco, Texas--of all places--end up with such AWESOME mountain biking????? --Go figure.



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