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Muleshoe Bend

Average Rating:    (4.18 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 34

Fresh cut in spring 1999. Tight single track loop, only minor elevation changes. Loose in some spots but lots of fun overall...compare to Rocky Hill and Warda. Cool off in the lake when you're done!
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Latitude
30.488473899223166
Longitude
-98.09503555297852
Trail Directions
State Hwy 71 to Burnet County Road 404 (4.5 miles) to Burnet County Road 414 (1.8 miles) to park entrance/trailhead
Trail Length
Approx 6 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Spicewood
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Review Date
March 4, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: boisebomber ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
hard packed, rock, sand, and loose gravel, short climbs, lots of twists and turns . in other words a little of everthing.

you ride up and down the slope of the hills that parrlell lake travis so the combined elevation gain over the entire 6+ mi, is probaly 800' to 1000'. thus you get a good workout. nothing an intermediate couldn't handle easily with the exeception of a few advanced level drops.

course is toughest between mile 4 and finish so save your self. you are supposed to ride one way clockwise.

there is a $5 per person fee and water at entrance only. map at entrance is good for orientation only. trails are marked for mileage but trail junctons not always fully signed. you won't get lost though.

85% shade over entire course.

go to 'poddies hilltop' after..take 71 twds austin...every one there is a FOW...'friend of willie's' and you are bound tom eet a band member of wilies, ray wille's , merle or any of a dozens C&W greats.



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Review Date
February 5, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: John Daetwyler ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Every so often I catch the single speed bug and have to back up and go to Muleshoe. Very fast trail with little or no technical spots makes this trail great for single speeds, 29ers, and XC race rigs. Because of it being relatively easy, it is also awesome for night rides (pick your night right and with the right wind you can listen to concerts while you ride).

However, just because it is easy, does not mean it isn't fun. Another bonuses are swimming in the Pedernales (though, in this decade, the water is scarce), drinking a post ride brew at the picnic tables and Opie's Bar-B-Q in Spicewood (Avoid the brisket, but the sweet and spicy ribs, jalapeno sausage and tatter-tot casserole are a must. FYI it is BYOB.)



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Review Date
June 19, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Plats ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Based on the others reviews, I kinda expected flat smooth single tracks. But we found it to be a little more challenging than that. Essentially a long continuous loop of ups and downs and curves pretty much in the woods the whole time. I found it to be rather technical with constant evaluation of trail looseness, tree proximity, and turn sharpness in my pursuit of higher speeds. That said, about half way through I had warmed up to the place and got into a nice rhythm. All in all its a pretty easy trail, but the main loop never really takes you out by the lake where some decent 'open air' views exist. We goofed around on some of the camping roads at one point to catch those views. I am grateful to LCRA for their efforts on this trail and park (and reasonable useage fees), but a little more variety would be nice.



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Review Date
May 21, 2007

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: mccartney7499 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Not as smooth as I imagined (there are a couple technical rock sections, and even some ledges to climb), more climbing than I expected (no big climbs, but alot of little ones add up), and a whole lot of fun. It's like riding a rollercoaster. Up,down,left,right. You're constantly moving around,and will never get bored. If it starts to get easy. Go faster!

Recommended Route:
One way trail with a main trail and a couple shortcuts. Pretty difficult to get lost.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Barton Creek Greenbelt, Lake Georgetown, Emma Long, Walnut Creek



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Review Date
September 21, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: bsdc ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is one of the best trails in the area. It's heavily wooded so you are protected from the sun in the Summer and the wind in the Winter. There is almost 8 miles of single track. There are no big, long climbs. There are only a few sections a begginner would have to walk. Constant twists and turns keep you entertained. This place is fun.

Recommended Route:
There's only one.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pedernales, Reimers Ranch, Pace Bend



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