FYI all MTB Riders of MP!!!! There has been a meeting regarding the Master Plan of MP trail system, and It is NOT good at all!! The city has voted to close all MP to Mt. Bikng and running on the trails!! They will designate a fruit loop for roadies and bladers.. What KRAP!!! What the hell is wrong with these City people? They sit on their a$$es and push pens and buttons all day, and have no physical talents such as Mt. Biking!! Anyways, we Mt. Bikers need to fight this!! We need IMBA help as well!! Any attourneys out there that can help fellow riders?? I have been told that the City cannot keep us out of the trails, due to stipulations in a Will that were to be honored when the land was donated by its owners.. Guess we will see what becomes of what lil trails we have.. RIDE ON!!
Summary: Lived down here for about a year and rode Memorial at least once a week (when it wasn't over 100)...if you have ever lived ANYWHERE with decent riding (I've lived in Colorado, Oregon, all over California), you will be extremely bummed to ride anywhere in southeastern Texas. I heard there was some okay stuff Northwest of Austin, but never made it farther than City Park (which was chossy but still better than Memorial). That being said, for what there is in the Houston area, this place is one of the better spots. The terrain is okay, but flat as hell. You basically hammer flat ground dirt with the occasional root and creekbed, trying not to kill the other 500 bikers, runners, and hikers using this lone area of dirt within a major metropolitan area. Your best bet would be a single speed or 1x9 29er, full rigid, just to make it a bit more lively. I just kept the mantra "it's better than nothing" in my head the whole time, and...it is, I guess.
Recommended Route: Your best bet is to loop the entire place together to get a 10-12 mi (?) ride out of it without backtracking much. I started on the green trail (aka Ho Chi Min) towards the main trails, then crossed Memorial road to ride in an area known (at least to me) as the triangle. Not signed, a bit harder to find, but the couple mile loop in there is the best riding in the park (you get 5-10 ft elevation gain vs 2-3 across the way). Loop that stuff to your hearts content, cross back over the ride the yellow/red/blue/etc stuff in whatever combo you can find. Take the green back out the other direction and you are done. Go grab a beer, count your mosquito bites, and have a good cry that that's the best you are gonna get.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Ant Hills - still sucks.
Review Date June 30, 2012
Overall Rating 3 of 5
Aerobic Difficulty 3 of 5
Technical Difficulty 3 of 5
Ridden Trail: Every few months
Reviewed by: Roll n Ride
Cross Country Rider
Summary: Used to be one of the best trails I had ridden in South Texas. Now after the drought of last year, the loss of many trees and poor trail maintenance/funding they are not worth the 30 minute drive for me. I will ride the Ant Hills instead. I want mid May 2012, (last month), and the back section (west) was closed completely and parts of the East portion was un-rideable due to erosion and trails left unkept. The North triangle portion still has a few runs which are fun (steep and fast), but you lose momentum when the trail is blocked or un-rideable in sections. This park could be brought back to some tremendously fun trails again (like it was in the late 90's).
Recommended Route: If you must go, try dropping in behind the soccer fields and do that set of trails as that is the on part still in decent shape. Make your way North along the park road and over Memorial on the bike bridge and head over the RR tracks. You can find a trail head
Summary: I've loved these trails for over 10 years now, and actually bought my last two houses based on their distance from them. for me they are just the right match for speed and technicality. my bro is running a 29er now, and i think it might be too easy for him though, he's flyin...
Recommended Route: start at far end of green trail, join to purple, jog off onto blue and red, cross the big dip in purple and continue to jog off the sides of purple to do each of orange and yellow. come back out the other end of purple, and if you have any energy left, do green backwards. this is around 7 miles total, and if you push hard you'll be worn the heck out.
my bro and I tend to ride during odd hours during the week to avoid some of the traffic. gets a little tiring having to stop every couple minutes for other (but at the same time, I'm glad they are popular)
Review Date April 30, 2011
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Aerobic Difficulty 4 of 5
Technical Difficulty 4 of 5
Ridden Trail: Ridden Once
Reviewed by: tomcarter
Cross Country Rider
Summary: I'm From Oakland CA and have some nice trails to pick from at home. Am on my retirement tour with wife and in Houston visiting our daughter. Discovered Memorial on this website and GHORBA.com. Ten minute drive to the park. I was concerned that it might be closed given last review was 2009 and other comments about possible closure but GHORBA site confirmed it was open.
I wish we had nearby park trails like this in the Bay Area. No big hills to climb or descend here but I wasn't expecting any. Very fun riding, trails are well marked, lots of turns, roots, and just enough sand to challenge your skills. Blue trails ar mellow but have nice flow as do yellow and orange. All the crux sections on yellow, orange, and red trails are very similar (gully crossings) only somewhat harder respectively. The red trails are basically blue with a few hard, but kind of trashy cruxes. Not to minimize them but the reds are also short. The yellow and orange trails have a great mix of length, flow, and technical problems, and are way fun. Nice work on the trails, folks. Will go back tomorrow before leaving for the East.
Recommended Route: Download map from GHORBA.com,or not, the trails are well marked. Ride them. Anyone who bags on these trails severely is a closet roadie. You can go as aerobic as you want, or as slow as you want, and still get humbled by the difficult sections. The best measure of difficulty is how you do on your first loop. I got hammered several times, thus the 4 rating. Most everything gets wired with practice.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Had hoped to ride Gov't Station near San Antonio but it was closed (?) the day we were there. Last rode in Prescott AZ 5 days ago. Hope to return on way back to CA and check out more areas in TX. Texas needs more public land and public recreation other than golf and bass fishing. Can't you guys have some kind of revolution and get some land back from the cattle and oil men and other fat cats who seem to own the entire state?
If in the Bay Area ride the singletrack at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland Hills, El Corte Madera Open Space near San Mateo, Annadel State Park near Santa Rosa, Soquel Demo Forest near Los Gatos, or many others. All are public land and require no admission. We already had our revolution but have since run out of money (thanks Enron). But the parks are still open 7 days a week.
Summary: I started riding these trails in 1984. I could call out the persons that built most of the original trails. I even drove my VW bug in 1976 on the fire roads prior to any real trails being there. To say the trails are not good now in an injustice. There is a great diversity of trails here. Some you will be able to clear all obstacles, some you will walk momentarily due to whatever reason. Yes when the trails were bandit, there were some great ones, i.e. Rollercoaster, Deadmans (now refferred to as the triangle), Widowmaker and the bluff trail along the bayou. They should all still be open IMO. Erosion is an acceptable by product of use. If you want smooth, protected, handicap accessible trails maybe mountain biking isnt for you. I also support others using the trails for walking, running, walking their dogs with or without a leash. It is a public area and should be shared. If erosion and nature are your concern, have them plant trees on the golf course or softball fields.
Other recommended trails in the same area: Anthills, Jack Brooks