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MLK Mae Simmons

Average Rating:    (4.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 20

Believe it or not, mtb single track on the flat plains of Texas. There are almost 40 miles of trail in this area. Caliche washout to lowland root riddled mazes. The original track is a fast zig zag of about three miles if you head east at the trailhead. If you go west. There is a little nothing of a winding 1.8 miles that we ride for cardio training. It will pull your heart out if you run it start to finish all out. Trails are marked for difficulty and absolutely gorgeous right now due to five inches of rain.
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Latitude
33.57333081728733
Longitude
-101.8016767501831
Trail Directions
Martin Luther King Blvd and 19th St. South on MLK 1/4 mile, turn east into park along lake. Wind around pavement 1/2 mile to parking lot on rt. Trailhead across street from parking lot.
Trail Length
2 to 20 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Lubbock
   


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Review Date
August 5, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: drummerboy1248 ,  Racer

Summary:
Had to make a trip that took me through Lubbock. Had heard of these trails, but never ridden them. So decided to throw a bike in the back and give 'em a try. First of all, what a great use of available land right in town. The trails were well maintained and provided a fun workout. Mostly narrow single track with some dirt road sections. Switch back city. If I knew the trails better, I could have carried alot more speed through these and the fun meter would have gone higher. With all the cacti, mesquite, and loose rock to dmage my hide, I rode pretty conservatively. I took a left at the marked trailhead. Liked the trails to the right better. There are some decent short, steep climbs. Nothing too tough if it weren't for the loose surface. Standing on these climbs gained nothing but spinout. Will definitely hit these trails again and try to spend a bit longer out there. Have heard about the Purina trials and will hot them someday as well.



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Review Date
May 14, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: CRXPilot ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is the trail you come to Lubbock to ride! From the parking lot head west for a killer cardio workout. Scenery on the west end stinks but you can't see straight after five minutes anyway. Carry a portable defibrillator to revive yourself for the east end.

You'll pop over a 10-foot nothing of a bridge then -> B L A S T <- over some fast, narrow, winding track laid by some dedicated and intelligent trail builders. Two new sections on the SE corner are fun and keep your attention. Cactus alley and the subsequent climb out are inspired.

Three difficulty levels keep you coming back for new combos. The price is right and the local riders are friendly and helpful. You're missing Texas riding if you miss this trail.

Recommended Route:
West end, then east, repeat as desired. After the west end you do get a little rest leading to, and just past, the little red bridge. You be sure to thank anyone you meet who did any work on this trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
MLK is tops within 100 miles. Palo Duro is obviously outside that radius and deserves a bike named after it. Try Mae Simmons -> while on the west side of MLK trail, cross MLK Blvd. Cross the footbridge you see to the south and head into those woods up ahead, crazy place, it's fun.



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Review Date
March 8, 2007

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: chwesley ,  Racer

Summary:
Mae Simmons is a very good trail. Has a section for conditioning and a technicle section. Technicle section is filled with some good switchbacks, and some good decents that will get you going. There are some climbs also that will test you. Has three sections, and aerobic, technicle and cactus alley. catcus alley is called that for a reason. Just watch out, cause needles do hurt.

As of right now this is the only trail that i have ridden.

Recommended Route:
I usually ride the whole thing. But if im in a hurry than i'll ride the west side but if i do have the time i prefer to ride the technicle side along with catcus alley.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
i've heard that purina is a good place but i still have yet to find it.



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Review Date
July 14, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Guriella Brother ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
While there were 0 rocks on this trail, it was still a good time to be had.

Lots of left and right flips, good to learn how to flick your bike back and forth on.

Any rain does make this thing a muddy fuggle though. The night before we rode it rained like a son of a skank, but it made parts of the trail fast and other parts glue.

We rode out along the top of the property, came back down along the lower up and down trail by the lake. Good stuff.

Recommended Route:
High along the upper edge on the north side, came back low on the lake front up and down trails. Make sure you hit the hard core dh drop on the other side of the lake by the rock piles.



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Review Date
November 18, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Durwood , from Lubbock

Summary:
Winner of Trail of The Year Award for the West Texas MTB Race Series for 2002. Just expanded from an eight mile loop to ten miles. Two new bridges one with a one foot drop off on to a narrow, partially buried wood and cable ladder that makes a steep descent into a fairly deep draw with a leg killer of a very technical climb out onto the old railbed. Another bridge over the creek into another rather fun,but technical area under big trees. Lots of fun areas and every type of riding from beginners to expert. Most think of Lubbock as flat as a pancake. We have a surprise for you at the mae simmons/mlk trails. More trail additions to come.

Recommended Route:
Counter clockwise and take a different route each lap. JUST GET TO THE BACKSIDE,

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Purina by the golf course with some new sections for the experts.



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