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Caprock Canyons State Park

Average Rating:    (2.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

The lower canyon trail, "main trail" (about 6.5 miles) is mostly a single track trail cutting through the bottom of the canyon. The course is circular and returns back to the parking lot from the South. This is nice because there is no back track or shuttle required. The North route has a nice rolling down-hill prelude to some grulling up-hill climbs. This is also the general course used for their annual Quitaqua Quest, an IMBA santioned race. Towards the end of the trail you will find a nice drop and steep down hill, really the only "dangerous sections. Depending on which direction the trail is taken, there is a very senic climb with the bike on foot. (bring a camera)
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Latitude
34.44655621402982
Longitude
-101.06185913085938
Trail Directions
You will have to stop at the Ranger station to pay your daily fee. The fee is not much and well worth the view. Ask the attendant for a map, you'll need it if you have never been. There are several routes to take and several different trails.
Trail Length
6.4 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Quitaqua
State/Territory/Province
Texas
Zip/Postal Code
79255
Country
United States
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Review Date
September 4, 2016

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Kristi ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The park is beautiful. The canyons are gorgeous and teeming with wildlife but we went to ride our mountain bikes and we were sorely disappointed. We attempted to ride the Lower Canyon Loop: Trails D,E & F and the trails are washed out and mostly unridable. We ended up carrying our bikes 75% of the trail. Be prepared to cross the creek several times on this loop and none of the crossings have trail markers.

Recommended Route:
Maybe bring road bikes and ride the roads.



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Review Date
March 28, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: boisebomber ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
i hit this trail after week of monsoon rains hit the hi plains. as I drove to the park, pastures looked more like south lousisiana than west texas. so when i rode the sandy trails were well drained although still damp. i rode the whole system, no need to dismount except at a few creek crossings. i don't want to extrapolate to hi summer, but i would think it rideable on 95% of trails. any and all creek crossings have a 10-15-yd sand trap. some rideable, others not.

canyon rim (2.5 mi) is sandy ST as it leave from Honey Flat, beginner trail until it descends down to creek and windmill(.5mi). this drop renders it a intermediate trail.


mesa trail climbs and drops thru 2-3 mi of rock and sand. intermediate.

lower canyon trail (4 mi) follows creek bed, crossing and recrossing 9 times. on 2 occasions you ride down the creek. this is where you will dismount /remount as sand traps lurks on approach to creek bed. intermediate climbing/drops (+/- 2 mi) adjacent to North Prong campsite/pkg. lot. intermediate overall.

upper canyon is CLOSED TO BIKES.

what i liked is :
1) do it as a loop with 2.5 mi return on pavement-with drop outs to road at several points.
2) great vistas of land , lots of land, 'neath the stary, stary skies

Signage is good , in disagreement with previous review. quite good free map available. pdf at website.

take lots of water - no water until return to honey CG.


Other recommended trails in the same area:
palo curo trial system



Comments
boisebomber (03/28/2007)
ps; if your hungry after his one, go to "FAT BOYS BBQ" in canyon for a plate load for $8.00.

caution: several counties surrounding are dry. BYOB
boisebomber (04/22/2007)
trail map: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/park_maps/pwd_mp_p4506_079l.pdf
boisebomber (09/03/2009)
update sept 1 , 2009: dozer work on lower canyon trail means that there is alot more loose sand to negotiate along this 21/2 mile stretch...probably end up walking 5% of that stretch.

however i rode eagle point trail this time.....nice long , aerobic climb on dirt road up to lake theo and honey flats.
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Review Date
March 20, 2006

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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3.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: MTBikingAggie ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I have only been here once, but I was pretty dissipointed. The place is beautiful! But it is not made for mountain bikers at all. There was maybe 1 good mile on the whole trail system. The rest of the milage followed a riverbed in the base of the canyon. If you like riding in thick sand, go for it. But I wouldn't recommend this place for a mountain biker.



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Review Date
May 19, 2004

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rippledmesh ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I rode Caprock for the first time last weekend. I started out at Canyon Rim trail which is beside the Honey flat camping area. It was good single track with some sand for a couple of miles maybe, and ended with a pretty good doubletrack downhill with lots of rocks and washouts. This took me to a small river bed with a windmill. I proceeded across the river bed and went up what I believe was the Messa trail. This is when I got lost. The freakin signs are all faded out and you cant read them at all. I had a map, but still couldnt find my way. I could back track to the Canyon Rim trail from where I came, but I wanted to ride the Lower canyon trail and whatever else I could find. Well, needless to say, I got tired after going in circles for about an hour and finally decided to just go west on a trail I couldnt even find on my map. I knew this would eventually take me to the paved road that takes one from the park entrance all the way down into the canyon. Once I got to the paved road, my camelback was nearly out of water, I was getting scorched from the blazing sun, and my wife was expecting me back like 2 hours ago. So I just put it in granny gear and pedaled my sun burned, sand drenched butt back to camp. If the signs wouldve been readable, and I knew where I was, I wouldve had alot more fun. But it was still ok. But I will not go back until some sign maintenance has been done. Oh, yeah, I almost got bit by a 3-4 foot rattler that was sun bathing in the middle of downhill singletrack. I guess it just wasnt my day, I dunno!

Recommended Route:
Who the hell knows, you cant read any of the trail signs!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Any that are appropriatley marked!



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Review Date
September 29, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: K2 Kid ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I love to read the reviews of the young buckos. I'm 40something and go to Quitaque once or twice a year. This is a "take your pack and lunch" kind of deal. If you ride it all, it takes 4 or 5 hours and your butt will drag. Learn to eject at high speed as your nose wheel buries in the stream bed sand. You cross stream beds at least 15 times. Nothing fancy. Not as fast and exciting as Palo Duro but a good days exercise. Take the pack, the camera and some lungs for the climb out. Mini Grand Canyon views. Hot as hell in summer. Ride this in the fall.

Recommended Route:
I like to start by the little lake just past entry station and drop in. Going that direction, it is a mother of a climb out.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Very fine single track. Blow beets on the climb back out though if you park too high. Drive all the way in to the main trailhead.



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