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Cameron Park

Average Rating:    (4.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 44

Many miles of diverse trail. Difficult climbs and fast decents. Lots of technical terrain. Not a loop, really, more a spiderweb type layout with multiple options at any given juction. This makes it easy to ride favorite trail sections and try new ones. Have ridden 2-4 times per week for 2 years and never get bored with Cameron. Very diverse trails with lots of singletrack. So much variety that both beginners and experts can be challenged.
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Latitude
31.574440551990754
Longitude
-97.14746475219726
Trail Directions
From I-35, West on University Parks. Enter park and have several parking options, any of which give access to trails
Trail Length
20
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Waco
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Review Date
December 28, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: iflythebars ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a great urban trail system. I ride here about once per year (live in Houston). It is well worth the 3.5 hour drive. I rode Cameron Park today and thought I would post my recommended route for others like me who do not ride here much and therefore either don't know or tend to forget the best route. Cameron Park has lots and lots of interconnected trails, so a good route really helps. The route I have posted below hits all the best trails, skipping the not-so-great ones. This is about a 3 - 4 hour ride depending on your skills and fitness level. I have also added some Bonus Routes if you are a masochist like me and either want to hit Highlander the other way, or do the Powder Monkey / Weber Run route a second time (which is has awesome flow and speed).

Recommended Route:
>Park on east side of the park where Highlander starts and ends.
1. River Trail to Drain Pipe
2. Drain Pipe to Mix Master to Cliff's Cliff (climb)
3. Left on Cedars and Left on first Outback (punchy and rocky) or Left on second Outback (easy)
4. Left or Merge on to Powder Monkey
5. Right on second Weber Run (short climb on first part of Weber Run)
6. Right on Torquer (climb)
7. Right on Slinky
8. Merge onto Kite
9. Right on Vortex
10. Straight into Mix Master and Drain Pipe and Left on River Trail
11. Left on Highlander (Black Diamond with serious climbing)
12 Left / Straight onto Hale Bopp
13. Right on River Trail
14. Right on Drain Pipe, through Mix Master, Left on Erect (climb), Right on Kite
15. Left on short Cross Over trail and cross road (if Buzzard, too far)
16. Straight on Johnnie, then Left on Johnnie, Right on Twin Bridges down to River Trail go Right on River Trail
17. Right on Act of Faith (climb) all the way to Road.
18. Left on Road, Left on Tar Hill or Speed Run, Right on Speed Run to Edge to River Trail
19. Right on River Trail
20. Right on Shyst (climb), Take a Left on every Shyst intersection to California 56
21. Left on California 56 (black diamond, but not as much climbing as Highlander) (follow "Runners Trail" signs all the way)
22. Left on River Trail (all the way back to car, or bonus ride)
23. Bonus 1: Left on Twin Bridges (climb), Right on Drain Pipe and Left on River Trail (back to car) or Left on Drain PIipe, Straight on Mix Master, Right on Baseball, Left on Cliff's Cliff (climb), Left on Cedars and Left on Outback and Left on Powder Monkey to repeat very fun Powder Monkey to Weber Run to Mix Master to Drain Pipe to River Trail to car trails.
24. Bonus 2 (butt kicker): Left on Hale Bobb (climb), Right / Merge onto Highlander (black diamond with strenuous climbs), emerge at parking lot.
25. Cold Beer

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rocky Hill Ranch



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Review Date
June 10, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jonstoops ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Something for everyone; smooth, simple, and family-friendly River Trail, tough rocky and root filled climbs, steep descents, and some tight curvy trails. LOTS of shade (a must in Texas during the summer months) and some beautiful views from up top.

Recommended Route:
FOR FIRST TIMERS here's a locals recommendation.

Intermediate Rider: Down the river trail to the end, right on the MCC loop (use the second drop-in it goes downhill and over a bridge within sight) Follow that to the right, then left up a small climb then you hang right (don't go up Highlander) and loop back along the waters edge. Ride back down the river trail to the Mouth of the Bosque (open park area about halfway down the trail). Make a right up the road for a couple hundred yards till you see Powerline on your right. Up Power line, across a street to Kite/Slinky, hang a right on Kite, ride all the way around till you come back to the same spot, then take Slinky from that same entry point. After the closing climb on Slinky you'll find an entrance to Vortex on your left. ENJOY VORTEX. Vortex drops you into the mix master (a meeting of several trails in the middle of the park, feels like you're in the middle of a jungle). Turn right out of the mix master (down a trail through a sliced tree and over/around a large logset). Ride up to the road, go left up the road 30 yds. to Drainpipe which will take you back to the river trail. Right on the river trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None. The route I provided is just a SAMPLE of the Cameron Park experience, there is SOOOO much more to ride.



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Review Date
March 18, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: pangster ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
very fast trail system! flows really well with a great variety of climbs and descents. it was rated the best mtb trail system in tx in March's Action bike magazine. i thought they were joking but I was wrong.

Recommended Route:
i'm not sure. i was out there for a TMBRA race to i rode the route that was marked. but ride the vortex. it's so much fun. i was giggling like a little school girl both on the pre-ride and on the race. i'm coming back

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I don't know the area. sorry



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Review Date
January 7, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: boisebomber ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
can't add much more to below reviews except I LOVE IT.

this trail has something for everybody and plenty for all.



for me it ranks with sansom park as #1 or #2 in Texas.

note: green or beginner trails are best described as "easier" than "easy'. and some parts of 'blue' trails are aerobically 'black'.

in my rule of thumb estimation you will gain an average of 125' to 150' of elevation for every mile ridden.(with the exception of the flat 'river trail'

'outback' to 'powder monkey' to 'mix master' is a great big rollercoaster.

loads of fun, fun, fun....



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Review Date
June 7, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mccartney7499 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
These trails are about as much fun as you can have on a mountain bike. They're all swoopy singletrack full of dips and drops through lush forest. There's also ALOT of climbing. Bring your legs and lungs to this one. It's smack dab in the middle of the city,but you never notice when you're on the trails. My personal favorites were: Highlander (fun in either direction), California 56 (lots of tight switchbacks and bridges), and the vortex (like a bobsled run for bikes).

Recommended Route:
First off...get a map. They can be found online, and without one you'll never figure these trails out. I started off by following the course from the Outback Blowout race that was held here which gives you a good tour of some of the main trails. After that just start exploring using the map as your reference.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ummm,no...just keep riding Cameron Park cause it's the most fun you can have on a mountain bike. Duh!



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