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X BAR RANCH LOOP TRAILS

Average Rating:    (4.14 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

There are three loops. 3, 9, and 12 mile loops that take you thru trees, rocks, pastures, slick rock, etc. Very challenging and fun. Mostly singletrack. You will see deer, turkey, cows and other wildlife. Plenty of places to show your technical skill. Rock drop offs are especially fun.
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Latitude
30.667447179098694
Longitude
-100.79389572143554
Trail Directions
20 Minutes west of Sonora, off I-10. See the X bar ranch website for info.
Trail Length
3,9,12 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
SONORA/EL DORADO
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Review Date
June 1, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bsdc ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is 12 miles of twisting singletrack, through rock gardens and hardpack meadows well suited to intermediate riders. Lose rocks and small ups make the mild elevation changes a little challenging but it's mostly ridable by your average avid rider.

This is a great place to stop on your way across West Texas. There are cabins for rent so you could spend a couple of days there as well.

One problem I had was spear grass in the back of the ranch had grown over the trail and made it difficult to find the trail. I ended up turning around, following a fence line and finding the trail again. I'm guessing I did a 6 mile loop. Not a big problem. I was just making a short stop on my way across West Texas. A little trail maintence and I'd give this trail 5 stars.

Recommended Route:
X Bar provides a nice map and the trails are marked fairly well. There's basicly a 12 mile loop with two cut overs that allow you to shorten the trail to 3 or 9 miles.



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Review Date
February 12, 2004

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: Bryce Matthews ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Having come to visit my family in Sonora Tx., I was ALL GIDDY to find this gem of a trail in my old back yard.
I rode this trail last spring and promised the owners I would write a review. If you've ever ridden the Flact Creek trail by Perdanales Falls and liked that, your gonna love this trail.
This is clearly a technical riders dream. I loved this trail and will be going back every chance I get.

Recommended Route:
X-bar is a long way from nowhere, if your gonna make the trip, do the longest loop, twice!!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
San Angelo has good riding ass well



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Review Date
November 21, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: christianer1 ,  Racer

Summary:
Video of Trail

http://www.pedalmasher.com/html/2003_fall.html



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Review Date
June 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: PN , from Austin, TX

Summary:
My wife and I decided to try x-bar ranch because we liked what the MTBR reviews said and because we wanted to see West Texas. The owners (Stan and his wife) were very friendly and helpful, and the $8 per person to ride and camp is a good deal. A fire pit and picnic table is provided for camping, you can tuck your tent under trees but bring some shade device, and the swimming pool is clean and refreshing. The trails are a very fun mixture of smooth single track, technical rock gardens, tight twisty rocky s-bends and patches of slick rock. Starting, you wind down the side of the valley by clearing stair-step drop-offs, rock-strewn s-bends, weaving between trees and jetting down the single track. The valley floor is wide open and fast, and the trail can fade from view, so keep an eye for the ribbon markers. The return winds up the side of the valley back to camp. Beware of the following: Increase tire pressures as to not pinch-flat on the rocks, run slime-tubes or tuffys because there are thorns (we got 4 flats on one loop!). Overall, the trail is well maintained and consistent (no nasty surprises). If you can ride Rocky Hill Ranch and BLORA, then x-bar is for you. I highly recommend x-bar!

Recommended Route:
Both the 8 mile and 12 mile loops.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None yet, but Kelly Creek in Kerrville is on the horizon.



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Review Date
February 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Dan , from Houston

Summary:
The trail winds through both limestone outcrop and loose rock, both of which make it tough to pick a line through it. However, there are also some sections that go through grassy/tree-lined pasture. Lots of cacti meant two flats by the time I finished. Great trail for testing your technical skills, if not your aerobic capacity. Also, a good trail to try when others in the region are wet(like San Angelo). This one should drain more quickly, and has less dirt.

Recommended Route:
See other posts. Easy to choose one of 3 routes due to colored flags.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
San Angelo (except when wet in Spring).



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