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OP Schnabel Park

Average Rating:    (3.84 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 38

Some of the trails are at the top of the cliff, but follow the cliff down and there is a network of trails that follow the creekbed either way. There are some loose gravel sections and lots of straight singeltrack. Be prepared to see debris scattered about since the trails are in town and kids play along the trails. To be honest, I don't find the trails to be spectacular, but they are a change and seem to be relatively unknown to the SA mtb crowd.
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Latitude
29.532466467806415
Longitude
-98.64418029785156
Trail Directions
From the intersection of 410 and Bandera Road (Hwy 16), go north on Bandera. It will be several miles and you will see the park on the right just a ways past Pep Boys. If you get to 1604, you've missed it.
Trail Length
5-10 miles ??
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
San Antonio
   


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Review Date
April 8, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Texasduffer ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I was in the Hill Country riding other trails over a long weekend. I stopped by a local bike shop on a Sunday afternoon to fix some minor breaks on my bike and the tech recommended I hit the trails at OB Schnabel that afternoon while I was in the area. I took his advice and had a blast.

The downside is that the park is used by walkers, runners, kids, road riders, etc. so there's people everywhere. The mtn bike trails are intermingled and mixed with paved paths, walking trails, etc. but once you get into the deeper parts of the park, you lose the crowd pretty quick. And the singletrack trails are not marked at all so it's easy to get turned around and lose track of where you are.

On to the good stuff...there's something for everyone here. Easy and short trails, medium length flow trails, and then some more technical drops and climbs. Nothing is super long here as you'll eventually run into one of the paved trails in the area. I had an absolute blast checking out 10+ miles and saw hundreds of other paths I would've loved to had the time and/or energy to explore. I'd recommend tagging along with a local to find the best trails without having to stumble through all the other stuff that you don't want to ride.

Recommended Route:
There's no trail names so hard to give specifics. I enjoyed the NE corner of the park with some good flow, high banked corners, even some dirt jumps built in. I followed a couple of riders down into the SE corner of the park and found a few more technical drops.



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Review Date
March 15, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Jack Frost ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I'd have to agree that there are some excellent sections to ride that extend for miles, all off road. I've ridden all over the place including Northern California- Lake Tahoe, rode expert only double black diamond downhills at Northstar, Flat Rock Ranch, Rocky Hill Ranch, Bandera, Mac, Salado Creek (North and South), Madrone at Canyon Lake, Gov. Canyon (over rated), Mammoth Mountain and Lower Rock Creek in CA. This trail system has a mix of everything. If you have the balls/skills and the eyes to spot ride-able downhill lines, there's plenty out here. If you like flowy and fast single track, there's plenty out here. If you want to stretch your legs and ride flat, brainless areas, there's plenty of paved. If you like technical rocky and tight sections, there's plenty single track like this. If you like to raise your seat and ride like a cross country rider and climb some hills, there's plenty of sections. If you're a BMXer and want to hot some doubles, there's some out there. If you are an All Mountain rider like and like a bit of everything, you can mix your ride with everything described. It's truly that diverse of a ride if you know where to go and what to look for.

Recommended Route:
Sometimes I'll start this trail at Hausman and enter at the creek by the trailhead and ride by the creek all the way up to the shooting range where you can enter Birds of Prey. This section is sort of flat, but there are some curves and well groomed single track. You can ride this all the way to Baumberger- stay in the creek area and there are some nice tight technical sections and at least one small drop- this trail re-connects to the main where it crosses to the OP section- there's various routes on the "BMX" side or the other side on the cliffs section. If you have a longer travel bike and have the nads, there's some technical downhill sections that are rather adrenaline filling. Anyhow, the singletrack keeps going past OP- and if you're lucky enough to discover the "hidden" section behind the golf course which connects to singletrack by the cliffs headed towards Bandera/Grissom, you've found the most fun area in my opinion. I've also ridden the "bamboo" area many times and it's a nice warm up. If you think this park is a "snooze" trail, you really haven't ridden much of it and/or didn't know how to spot a real trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Salado Creek is fun system if you start North of 1604 and head all the way down to Blanco by Hardberger Park. There's a variety of trails throughout Salado. The downhill sections at Gov. Canyon are fun, but overall think it's an over-rated park. People are always quick to dis Mac, but once again, there are some hair raising and very technical sections if you know what to look for. Many people flock to the same brainless trails and think that's all that's out there. It's a huge park and there's some very decent trails at Mac, off the path. And it's also really the only local park that has large jumps and drops if that's your thing. The reality is that you'll have to travel a bit from San Antonio if you want to experience really primo riding. However, OP/Leon Creek has a lot to offer and if you love riding you'll leave the park with a smile on your face and content. San Antonio can be proud of this park.



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Review Date
March 20, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: sdorn ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I have been riding these trails/park for nearly 7 years now and enjoy it thoroughly. I have also been to Govt, McCallister, Tapatio, Flat Rock, and Rocky Hill Ranch. The problem with all of the haters is that they are not riding with someone familiar with the trails. You can stretch this ride into nearly 14 miles without ever having to ride on the paved trails that recently raped the park. If you really want to get the most out this park, meet early on the weekends (prior to 8am) and hook up with one of the groups.

Recommended Route:
If you want to get your legs warmed up and get some of the alcohol out from the night before ride the very simple front section consisting of 2.6 miles. Enter the back section, prior to creek, on the northen most part of the park and zig zag your way to the cellphone tower. From there drop into the creek via the downhill uncut section, anyone familar where the High School girl fell and was killed will know what I am talking about. Once you hit the creek ride over to the BMX section/monkey trails/woopdeedoos. Ride past the Prue rode bridge and stay on the opposite side of Leon Creek. You can hit the NGL (Non-girl Loop) and ride to the very top of Old Prue Rd and then bomb down it. From there stay on this side of the creek past the neighborhood park and past the pond near Hausman Rd. You will then enter Bamberger Park. Do not get on the paved trails and you can ride right through the center of the park and then adjacent to Hausman. Cut across Old Babcock Rd and then enter the Birds of Prey/Bird Sanctuary. This section is relatively flat but somewhat technical with very skinny single track. Leave Birds of Prey and ride past the Gun Club. Turn around and ride back!!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Government Canyon, McCallister sucks, and now Salado Creek is what OP was 5-6 years ago. Once again it helps to know someone familar with Salado Creek.



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Review Date
March 10, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: rmillet ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Short Video of Bamberger park end
http://contour.com/stories/op-schnabel-leon-creek

fun simple trail, I like to ride Bamberger to Bandera and Back along the Creek....

Recommended Route:
fun simple trail, I like to ride Bamberger to Bandera and Back along the Creek....

I always get flats here......slow leaks.....



Comments
Morals (07/29/2013)
Hopefully you have tubeless by now. :)
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Review Date
August 29, 2010

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jekyll girl ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you're in town for a short time don't waste your time here. Not marked, no trail maps, the ride was a snooze fest. Ride this on a single speed (16 cog) to get any aerobic benefit.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Government Canyon



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