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The Swamp

Average Rating:    (2.64 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 14

Tight, twisty and technical. 2 large,deep bowls to traverse. Some off camber portions. Bowls full of water after it rains. Not as rooty as HCM. Bring the OFF!
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Latitude
29.726222319395503
Longitude
-95.361328125
Trail Directions
Go north on TC Jester to the park, and take the paved trail to 43rd. Go over bridge to westside of White Oak Bayou. Follow sidewalk to Watonga, turn left. Follow sidewalk to bridge, turn left just across bridge along ditch toward the bayou. Look for trailhead on the right.
Trail Length
3 mile loop
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Hwy 290/610 Loop
   


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Review Date
June 10, 2003

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: joe , from Houston

Summary:
These trails suck. I know some have put in the effort to make them nice, but they still suck (sorry trail gnomes). I went to the swamp with great expecations, only to be sorely disappointed. The trails are soggy and the people (non-bikers) are downright scary (READ: Take your gun). I guess if you live close, they would make for an ok ride occasionally (out of boredom), but other than that, you will be best served by finding somewhere else to ride...

Recommended Route:
The other direction....

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Memorial or maybe ant hills...



Comments
hifi1 (02/01/2008)
Gee, seeing as how its been 4 years since the last review I can only imagine that a few unlucky bikers have not returned from this "trail". Forgot to take a 9mm or AR15 with them. Sad state of affairs when crap like this is even considered a MTB trail. But then again this is HOUSTON. And to think, I used to live 10 min from Forest Ridge in Austin. THAT was an all day epic ride with elevation, death defying drop offs, and crazy fast technical descents. Those were the days. Do yourself a favor, drive out to Austin and ride Walnut Creek. You won't want to come back to Helltown.....
hifi1 (02/01/2008)
Gee, seeing as how its been 4 years since the last review I can only imagine that a few unlucky bikers have not returned from this "trail". Forgot to take a 9mm or AR15 with them. Sad state of affairs when crap like this is even considered a MTB trail. But then again this is HOUSTON. And to think, I used to live 10 min from Forest Ridge in Austin. THAT was an all day epic ride with elevation, death defying drop offs, and crazy fast technical descents. Those were the days. Do yourself a favor, drive out to Austin and ride Walnut Creek. You won't want to come back to Helltown.....
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Review Date
May 1, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Catfish Juan , from Colorado

Summary:
An excellent training circuit to work on all your technical moves. You get it all here - roots, logs, rocks, off cambre, natural vert ramps...jump off into the concrete of the bayou for some psuedo-slickrock. This is a good ride to hone skills and learn new ones (Read: GO BIGGER). The access trail on the west side of the bayou is good for beginners as a way out of the Swamp when they've had enough of the trails. A great taste of trails. Good for the dog and the wife.

Recommended Route:
Start at the RR tracks on the south side and pick your way to the Fun Bowls. Drop in, play around, and follow the orange ribbons for the main trail. Numerous off-shoots will keep you peddeling in circles till you're dizzy.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
You'll have to sniff these out yourself.



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Review Date
April 19, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: kevin , from houston

Summary:
Just found out about this trail recently (from this site), have lived in this area for over a yr. It's a fun ride, few technicals, and I'm usually the only person on the trail... like the previous poster said, it's a break from MP. If there is any help needed in clearing this trail let me know via my e-mail.

Recommended Route:
still mapping it out

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ho Chi Minh, Area 51



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Review Date
April 11, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: WaveDude

Summary:
Come out and ride. Trail gnomes have been at work cleaning up the trails. They're in great shape now and ready to be ridden. Some fun, twisty single-track and two bowls with potential for some drops/hucking. Good escape from Memorial Park. Park at TC Jester pool, ride south and ride across the RR track bridge to get to the south entrance of The Swamp.

Recommended Route:
Too many to describe



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Review Date
January 13, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

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Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jeff Bullard , from The Woodlands, TX

Summary:
Went there on 1/13/02 for first time, these trails are decent but not recommended. They are rather urban, not a great "back to nature" feel here, too much traffic/train noise. Also, not great for cross-country workout. There are definitely cool sections but there are not long continuous dirt sections that I have seen at Lake Bryan, Rocky Hill, Ruston, etc. If I lived within a bike ride from there I would ride these trails occasionally but not worth the drive to them.

Recommended Route:
Regular trails

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hershey Park much better than The swamp.



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