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Capitol Peak Mountain Bike Trail

Average Rating:    (4.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

10 miles of trails on the designated mountain bike trail, plus a total of 23 miles of off-road trails, plus 8 miles of roadway. Trails are as rough as you can stand, or as mild as you wish; all through the beautiful and scenic Palo Duro Canyon, America's 2nd largest canyon. See: www.hpns.con/bike.html
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Latitude
34.984159270614256
Longitude
-101.70164108276367
Trail Directions
Palo Duo Canyon State Park
Trail Length
10 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Canyon
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Review Date
September 13, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Kane ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I ride mountains every other day in Colorado, and I love this Palo Duro Canyon. I get a very odd feeling driving through the flatest place in the world with a rack full of mountain bikes, but there it is.

Trails are fun and enough riding for about 2 days of camping. Or if you're looking for a reason to load up both snow skis and bikes on the SUV, this place is strategically located between most of Texas and the mountains.

Recommended Route:
Rojo Grande trail. Short but sweet.



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Review Date
April 3, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: timkett ,  Racer

Summary:
Capitol Peak is a very fast, hard-packed playground for advanced to expert riders. It starts off right away with a short, technical ascent testing your fortitude. Then you go for about 1.5 miles of big-ring flying. Then you traverse through the cactus switchbacks. After that you'll come to a fork in the trail stay to the right and you get some more cruising for about 1.5 miles with some short but technical ascents and some quick hairy descents to follow. Then you'll come to a fork where you can either take a quick right down the very technical backside of Capitol Peak or you can go past it and take a right on the Lighthouse trail and you'll be in for a long descent where you can really fly if the trail's not littered w/ tourists. You'll end up back at the trailhead after you reach the Lighthouse Trailhead if you cross the parking lot and continue on the short trail to the right.

Recommended Route:
Start at the trailhead. come back either of the previously suggested ways. Dont take lighthouse on a sunday afternoon.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Sunflower, GSL, Juniper, Rojo Grande, Paseo Del Rio



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Review Date
November 13, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Rock Shox , from Amarillo, Texas

Summary:
My favorite routes is through the Capitol Peak Trail up around through the Juniper Trail. It has a lot of tough climbs and some fun descents. But beware of all of the sand that will throw your front tire all over the place. I rode this trail with a friend that races enduros and they said that this trail can easily be ridden on a dirtbike. This trail is more of an intermediate to advanced trail. A couple of easier trails are the Lighthouse Trail and the Sunflower Trail. But no matter how easy they are all fun to ride. Then there is the Givens, Spice, and Lowry Trail, also known as the GSL trail. That is one of the more technical courses out there. But nothing is more technical than the new downhill course that is primarily raced by adrenaline junkies. I tried it out a couple of times on my hardtail which is a suicide trip. (and Don't even dare trying this one with clipless pedals, carry a spare of flat pedals and change them out before you try this one!!) It takes about 25 minutes to hike your bike up to the top and about 4 to 5 minutes to come back down. ( it is EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY TECHNICAL. VERY ROCKY!!!) It is located off of the back side of the Capitol Peak Trail. And just because you don't have a $4000 downhill tank doesn't mean that you can't ride this thing but it would save you a few muscle aches. he,he. All in all Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a great place to ride. For all types of riding levels!

Recommended Route:
Take the Sunflower up around to the Juniper back around to the Capitol Peak and then back around to the Lighthouse Trail all the up to the Lighthouse steps. Very FUN!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There are some trails that a lot of people don't know about that is right in Amarillo next to the hospital district. Right by MediPark. I don't think that there is any official name for these trails but mark my words that these trails are VERY technical. Real sandy and rocky but oh is it ever so much fun. For more experienced riders, there is even a series of jumps that is very similar to motocross jumps. Wear padding cause you will fall! The guys that ride the downhill trail in Palo Duro Canyon ride out here a lot. Give it a try, you'll be surprised that these trails are out here.



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Review Date
October 15, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Frank , from Grapevine, Texas

Summary:
Sand, sand and more sand! Climbs, descents, everything! I loved it!

Recommended Route:
I really like the GSL trail and Lighthouse trail but, The course laid out for the Capitol Peak race was unbelievable. Great!!!



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Review Date
April 28, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Parker Holt , from Amarillo, TX

Summary:
see above.

Recommended Route:
I like to start at the Mountain Bike Trail Head - if you're there during the weekend, or after 5:00 look for all the cars with racks. Take the Mtb trail around till it connects with the Lighthouse trail, cut over to the light house trail and ride around the east side of Capital Peak. Stay on the LTHouse trail until it intersects the GSL runners trail, take a 90 degree onto the runners trail and follow it as far as you like. The little fox loop is cool, be sure to sign the register at the turn around. You can either stay on the GSL trail till you hit pavement, or turn around whenever and go back the way you came. This trai has everything....lots of sngltrk, tech, sand, downhills, etc. This ride is great very early am, or late in the evening, espescially during the week. Watch for rattlesnakes and trail runners/hikers. get a map if you aren't familiar.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
caprock canyons state park



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