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Devil's River "BiAthalon"

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i call the this ride The Biathalon" because as long as you have come this far you should ride one day and canoe the Devil's River the next.

the Devil's River is a unique,constant flow, clear, spring fed river that sprots out of the limestone south of Sonorra and flows into Lake Amistad. it is a fantastic canoe trip. see TPWD website for details on canoing.

in addition there are 12 miles of jeep road, dirt road and ST within the park. there is also 22 mi. of dirt road leading to Park from Hwy.277 between Sonorra and Del Rio.

all roads and ST are intermediate except for a grueling 500' climb up a jeep trail to plateau. this may be the longest , highest climb in Texas
this ride is located within the Devil's River State Natural Recreation Area halfway between Del Rio and Sonorropost pictures of this trail >>
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Latitude
29.719513875819587
Longitude
-101.02031707763672
Trail Length
12
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Del Rio/Sonorro
State/Territory/Province
TX
Country
US
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Review Date
May 18, 2011

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: brady.nock ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I just did this ride a few days ago with some friends.

Spectacular views, harsh terrain. Weather was in the mid 80s and I could imagine 100 degrees out there would be scorching.

The terrain is rough and everything is sharp. Bring as many extra tubes as you can carry, and a fully stocked patch kit. Between the five of us, we managed about 5 flats. Don't forget your water either, of course.

Well worth the trip, especially if you like being far removed from high population density. There are only 7 campsites - and while we were there, we only saw one other camper. The park is huge, beautiful, and pretty much undisturbed.

The loop was tough but rideable for the most part. We took our time and finished it within 4-5 hours, including lunch, repairs, and as relaxing pace.

It ends at the river so there is definitely that to look forward to. Keeping on the trail was fairly easy, there is adequate signage, cairns, and wear on the trail to keep you in line.

Recommended Route:
Ride it from the Ranger Station, past his house, towards sites 5-7 and off onto the jeep trail. It gets really steep at one point and then you are pretty much on plateau for the majority of the ride.



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Review Date
December 14, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: boisebomber ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
this is one of a kind.....combining riding and canoing.



the ride is mostly on level jeep/gravel road that navigates the park. you have to walk or ride down to the river. no cars allowed. 1-1/2 mi to river.

8 mi. jeep/gravel road within park.

there is also 22mi. of DR leading to park.



in addition, beginning at camp 7,on east canyon road , you ride up a 500' climb over 1/4 mile on a loose/consolidated rock jeep trail. it is a tuff, grueling climb. at the top you steer rt. on a ST that runs along top of escarpment to a windmill. about 4.5 mi. O/W from camp 7.



the ride along escarpment is intermediate and fairly level. you must navigate by signs, cairns and faint trail across limestone escarpment which is covered by soil. you can achieve a fairly constant pace. not too bumpy riding. you can't get lost as you are bordered by a fence and canyon on either side. you have to ride more or less on the trail.



you will pass marker A and head to marker B. in and around B and beyond the trail is harder to follow. you will test your navigation abilities. futhermore as you pass B on way to windmill, there is considerable amount of mesquite bramble, no taller that 12", that will tear at the very fabric of you soul. I suggest gaiters or plain ole tuffness.



park map suggests the trail loops down off escarpment down to river road. however at windmill there is a sign telling you to proceed at your own peril. i proceeded only to be rebuffed by an impenetrable bramble barrier. i was shredded to cole slaw and retreated.

pity because i was only a mile from river road.



i do not know what happens on ascent coming up from river road as it was after dark when i got back and there were no rangers to advise. perhaps the bramble barrier is brief.



the ride requires grit.......and a sense of adventure.



YOU SHOULD DO THIS RIDE BECAUSE ITS THERE



i'll give it 5 just to generate some interest.



the canoe trip is either a day trip with take out 10 mi. downstream or 3 days down to Lake Amistad.



check with TPWD because OF the restrictions on canoing.



but i most say the canoe trip is nothing short of wonderful.

constant level spring fed river runs cool and clear all summer long.





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