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The Breaks @ Bar H Mountain Bike Ranch

Average Rating:    (4.45 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 11

Lots of Trails for riders of all skill levels: Easy Trails; The Oaks, Earl's Way, Rustler's Loop Moderate Trails; Go West, The Hollar, Horseshoes, Armadillo Flats/Ridge Difficult Trails; Tough Breaks, Sidewinder
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Latitude
33.694637550483186
Longitude
-97.5311279296875
Trail Directions
5 miles east of St. Jo on FM 2382
Trail Length
13+ miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
St. Jo
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Review Date
July 7, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Keith , from Irving, TX

Summary:
This is hands down the mountain biker's best option in North Texas. Facilities are great for camping an such, but the trails are really what it's all about. I only got to ride about half the trails. Make sure you eat your wheaties and bring your climbing legs! You can be out there all day and not hit all the possible loops. Oh - be wary of Hole in the Tree... VERY ROUGH, but incredibly fun! I got a pinch flat on this one....

Recommended Route:
RIDE IT ALL!!! Horshoe/Earls Way/Copperhead/Holler/The Oaks... good little loop with something for everyone. But try to stay for two days if you can... I only had time to ride for one morning, but it was definately worth the 1.5 hour drive from Irving. I plan to go back as soon as I can get a long kitchen pass from the wife!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Rowlett Creek Preserve, Garland, TX... and Northshore at Lake Grapevine.



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Review Date
May 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jerry , from North Florida

Summary:
A buddy of mine and I did our latest road trip out to Texas and back. "Bar H" was my favorite stop. We camped and made good friends with the land manager. Do your part to keep trails like this open and donate what you can for the owner, for it is private land.
There was a multitude of epic rides. All the trails are easily accessible from one to the next, and if you plan the route ahead of time, it's the $hit. We rode over sixty miles with only camping one night. Night rides are highly encouraged, and bring your climbing legs! We left for one lap of an 11-mile night ride, and decided to do the whole thing over again.
Not for the faint of heart riders, especially "Devils Backbone." A good bit of switchbacks, hard climbs, sweet descents, jumps and big ring open singletrack cover the entire area.
If you've never been to North Texas, don't be discouraged by the insanity of driving the miles of flat highway to get to St. Jo....somehow there is a huge friggin hole in the ground that calls itself Bar H. The terrain is untouched since the cattle days of over 150 years ago (besides fat tire trails). The ranch trails are designed by a Arrowhead Trails from Colorado, and any other inhabitants have to yeild to bikers. Sweet. Including the poisonous snakes. Oh yeah....don't go out at night alone. There's warm-blooded creatures out there that can get pretty hungery.
Be good out there, and treat the lady of the land with some respect.

Recommended Route:
Maps are available at the main campsite. Some trails are direction specific, but most are great in both directions.



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Review Date
October 1, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Walker , from San Antonio Tx

Summary:
Rode on September 29th...Air temp around 60 in the morning afternoon high was lower 80's.....With the exception of Rustler's Loop, Parts of The Oaks and Hole In The Tree, most track here is ATV or double-wide track and not singletrack. Hole In The Tree was my favorite ride then back up The Oaks to the east. The Holler was very unique but make sure there has been no rainfall in the past week (it's in a creekbed) but it is mostly sandy loam soil and not rock. The ground here is mostly sand but very easy to ride in. Great shower area near the campgrounds. Little dog here will bark his head off if you arrive at night so beware! Wish county road 433 was PAVED! Friendly riders all around. I ran into about 15 to 20 on Saturday. Tough Breaks, Bureau of Indian Affairs are tough. I was told that Devil's Backbone was not even ridable 100% so I didn't venture out there. Maybe next time.....The route I outline above is around 10 to 11 miles. Maps at the shower/sign in area. Most trails here work off the hill and down into a valley. So riding down means climbing back up to camp. Overall a good place for beginners to intermediate level riding. Not miles of single track though. Lots of double track, some fairly fast downhill, with bvrief fun singletrack thrown in to make it interesting.

Recommended Route:
A nice mixture of beginner to intermediate riding is Go West to Rustler's Loop, complete loop and then Earl's Way or Split Ears heading south, head to Copper Head next, The Holler,Sidewinder(if it's open), The Oaks (heading east), Armadillo Flats or Ridge, Hole in the Tree(h a n g o n), The Oaks heading south, south loop of the Rustler and Earl's Way heading east to camp.



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Review Date
September 5, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Ryan , from Tuls

Summary:
The trails were fast and fun, the lower trails to get to the Backbone were very fast, but not very challenging comparatively. Great views at some of the high points. The day we went it was 108F +. I don't recommend you ride on a hot day like that! It's hard to carry enough water.
Devils Backbone is a full tilt singletrack. There is alot of sharp switchback climbing, which is tough to negotiate. The downhills are very fast, with "whoops" thrown in to either allow you to brake or get some air.
The Horseshoes was a fun ride right after the Backbone.
Make sure you have a patch kit and a pump plus your Co2 filler. We didn't need it, but there are lots of places to get flats!
Rescue: Well if you get hurt on the easier trails then you can usually get a truck into where you are. If you seriously hurt yourself on the Devils backbone, then you will have to have one of your buddies make it back to the camp and get help. I don't think there is too much vehicle access to the Backbone. Rescue workers will have a very tough time hauling your butt up the hill to the road or following the trail back to camp with you on a stretcher ;)
They have showers and campsites here. water is available, but I could not bring myself to drink it due to the horrible taste and smell. Bring your own water and lots of it.
If you choose to do the Epic ride you can swing back into camp to refill the water easily when you finish the Horseshoe, then you can complete the inner trail. You have to sign a waiver and pay $6 per person. Helmets are also required. Dogs must be on leash (boooo) Like I'm going to drag my dog down the hillside via the leash.... Trail maps are provided at the base camp station.

Recommended Route:
On our first trip this weekend to the Break @ -H we took the first half of of the "Epic Loop". Start out on the Oaks, Sidewinder, Holler, to Copperhead, to Devil's Backbone, Horseshoes, back to camp. 8.89 Miles on the bike computer.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dunno



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Review Date
June 13, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: trailbanger , from Plano

Summary:
Super trail system! Has a bit for everyone! You can climb to your heart's content then dip, dive, and fly your way from the top of tough breaks all the way down to the holler to get some air. The folks that run it are top notch! If at all possible make this a must ride. I met a guy there from N carolina. and we had a blast discovering the trails there!I hope to get back soon and ride the devil's backbone!

Recommended Route:
Start at camp do tough breaks then just play around like a mad hare!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Erwin Park in Mckinney



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