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Holly Bay Trail

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No. of Reviews: 5

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Latitude
29.649122751004455
Longitude
-95.12855529785156
Trail Length
15
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Pasadena
State/Territory/Province
TX
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
September 7, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bhlass ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I'd call this a beginners trail. mostly twists and turns with some slight drops and climbs sprinkled throughout. The trail is not routinely maintained and there's a lot of crushed and dead underbrush. I rode it after a slight sprinkle and the dead grass limited my traction and I had to keep the speed down or risk sliding. As it is, I slid a few times.

Though this is a beginner's course, caution is required, Portions of the trail are right on the edge of the bayou bank, and there were a couple of eroded spots that you had to pedal through, one slip and you're going down 15 ft into the bayou. There was one spot that I walked down only because it ended in a quick turn and if you don't have the outside position from the top of the hill you're smacking into an oak. The east side of the bayou ends on the gravel path and you can either turn around on the trail or ride the path back to your car. I didn't ride the west side but there was a nice drop into a bridge at the one of the bayou's tributaries.

It's a great lace to work on speed and handling. Or for a newbie (like me) to work on their climbing techniques before tackling larger more technical trails.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Jack Brooks



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Review Date
August 9, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: MTB-KemahTX ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Has anyone been on the MTB (offroad portion) lately? My wife and I tried it last night and it was near unpassable with overgrowth and brush.



Comments
Texanaggie (09/11/2012)
seems its mostly overgrown from the main hike and bike trail to the bridge closer to red bluff, but the trail on the north side close to Farimon isnt too bad i rode it this weekend in the am .... not bad
Texanaggie (10/24/2012)
the train from Fairmont south on the west side of the bayou is pretty good some area on the south part is a little tight , plants do reach out and grab ya a little
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Review Date
March 22, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Eber ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a fun trail when it is maintained. It does however become ocassionaly overgrown. It is actually roughly 4.5 miles if you do a figure 8 by my odometer. I have begun doing maintenance bringing down brush and obstacles that dangerous. Looking for volunteers that would like to help and build up the trail.



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Review Date
May 13, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: dadstoy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This was the first trail I hopped on right after I bought my first MTB. I can only refer to the primitive trail down in the woods along the creek and not the red rock cinder trail for walkers,...and bikers. It's the perfect trail for a beginner. But I believe once you honed in on your skills and limits, you can really push yourself throungh this somewhat short trial and kick it up a notch for more excitment. It's an In and Out, Single Track type. Although there are some areas where you'll see two lanes. Generous amount of roots, areas that'll let you go air borne if you choose to. And one drop off that makes me stop and re-think it. It has a huge root running across the lip which changes everything up for me. 95% of the whole thing is completely shaded, Ahhhh yes! There is another trail on the otherside of this same creek. You'll need to use the bridge to get there. That side has some high grass and weeds. And very sneaky off cambers that almost sent me into the water. Riding during the week is calm and quiet out there. It's great place to start for the beginner.

Recommended Route:
Like the RAGEman said,..you can get to this trail about 100yrds from the parking lot off the cinder trail,..you'll see how other bikes have ridden through the bush and grass. I ride around the light pole and generator box thingy in the grass off the parking lot, and you see the start of the primitive creek trail to your right. Careful here, it slopes down with a welcoming brigade of roots.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Haven't found any yet.



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Review Date
May 9, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: RAGEman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The Holly Bay Trail located in Pasadena Texas, is part of the Armand Bayou Trail. There are several ways to get there, but the best place to start for the more primitive riding is at the park entrance on Fairmont Pkwy, East of the Beltway. The Holly bay trail has alot to offer everyone. It is comprised mostly of crushed gravel trails that are, for the most part, shaded from the hot Texas sun, but there are also primitive, more technical trails that run through the woods. The Holly Bay portion of the gravel trails are only about a mile long, but they connect with the Armand Bayou trails, which follow Red Bluff all the way to Bay Area Blvd. The primitive trails aren't marked, so you have to look for their entrances alongside the crushed gravel trails. There are about 2 to 3 miles of primitive riding with many up's and down's along the way. Stop by and see what you think. It's always good for a change!

Recommended Route:
Start on the crushed gravel trail, the first primitive trail is only a hundred yards or so from the parking lot. Look for the entrance on your left.



Comments
dadstoy (05/12/2010)
I ride these trails (the primitive one) all the time. Just started MTB'ing this past Feb. Did you know there is another single track on the otherside of the primitive one too? You'll hardly see it cuz the grass/weeds are soooo high on that side. No drops or take offs of any kind. Just alot of roots and some very sneaky off cambers that got me. But both are short little rides for someone just starting out. Plus, it's not a busy area either. But I ride during the week and before school gets out. Because when the teens are there,..they hang around an area that swings them across the creek, and they leave A-L-L of their bikes right O-N the trail !! About 10-15 of those punks.
RAGEman (05/12/2010)
Yeah, I've ridden both sides of the creek. They are both fun, and I know EXACTLY what part your talking about that's off camber, it got/gets me as well. As far as the kids at the rope swing, yes, they are always there and yes, they leave their bikes right in the middle of the trail. They do the same on the part of the trail that has the anthills, I accidentally rode right over one of their wheels. I didn't feel too bad as they saw me coming, and did nothing to get their crap out of the way. If you don't mind, leave a review of the trail, thanks!
Texanaggie (05/30/2012)
There are some good little drop in on the trail if you come in off Fairmont on the west side and head south, I went about a week ago and it was pretty overgrown, nothing overly technical ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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