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Cypress Bend

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Latitude
31.4531441
Longitude
-93.6764171
Trail Length
6 mi
Trail Level
intermediate
Trail Type
singletrack
City/County
Many
State/Territory/Province
LA
Zip/Postal Code
71449
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
June 20, 2014

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Ailuropoda ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:


There is no trail. Sorry. Cypress Bend Resort is a great place to go for golf and the spa (my girlfriend and I just got back yesterday) but mountain bike trail? Doesn't exist.

Yeah, once upon a time three years ago enthusiasm was high and they cleared a rudimentary trail that was very challenging and included the notorious "Climb or Death" but the majority of the trail is now overgrown and unsuitable to bikes.

And believe me, I tried. The first mile or so is is passable except for the hundreds of down trees. Passable, but generally very steep and rocky as is (or was) most of the trail but nothing a really low gear can't grind up. Then you cross the road for the first time and after more steepness (that will tax your endurance) you arrive at the "Climb of Death," now overgrown and impassable.

This is followed by the "Descent of Death" after which the trail disappears. It's there but so overgrown that you'd need a bush hog to make sense of it. I burst through a few spots having a few encounters with fire nettles and after a twenty feet of trail another fifty feet of underbrush. Repeat ad nauseaum.

Even the trail that is identifiable is covered with pine straw and leaves make for very unrewarding footing.

I got lost several time and had to retrace my steps. Finally I crashed out onto a power line and took it back to the road, muddy, scratched, heat exhausted, and bug-infested.

Don't get me wrong, it was a great ride. But I am a seasoned mountain biker with top-notch equipment and real love of our sport.

Those bikes they have to loan by guest registration? You'll get about a hundred yards. They are a little better than Wal Goooses but not by much.

Recommended Route:
The trail is indifferently marked with red tape, much of it eroding and disappearing. Wear long pants. Trust me. And bring bug spray and more water than you think you'll need.



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Review Date
December 2, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: shaymike2014 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Stayed over the weekend at the resort with my wife for our anniversary.
We ran the Hercules 6 mile trail on foot in the morning then rode a lap of the course after lunch so we knew what to expect.
All in all it was a lot more elevation than I expected. One hill early in the ride is very steep and I bailed after about half or it. Other than that the hills were plenty and plenty steep but nothing I would consider unrideable.
As far a flow goes, I found it really enjoyable with long stretches you could ride both up and down and carry a lot of momentum and speed.
The trail seemed in really good condition to me. They had a race there the week before so I would imagine they worked on it a lot before that. This was my only trip there.
My wife has never ridden on trails before and I ride mainly on the road and we both loved it. I wish it were closer; we'd be back there this weekend.

Recommended Route:
We only ran and rode on the Hercules route. I am not sure what the others were like.



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Review Date
September 25, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: glassjeans ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Well, not sure how to begin this. I am far from a professional rider but not in bad shape.. This trail whooped me. As I entered the trailhead I thought to myself, this is gonna be neat, not knowing that within half a mile I would have done hit the ground a couple times. With the trail being new still, there are no lines to ride, rough as hell. I also didn't know that there is such thing as pedaling up hill for a couple MILES. Downhill was few and far between. I ended up having to walk about a mile total, way too steep for me. Some of the uphill I deemed impossible for me. I broke off at the 4th trail turnoff after a monster uphill about killed me, the downhill started more frequent after the big crest. Now for some of the downhill, there was a couple parts that were fun as hell as you slide around the corners almost making the uphill worth while. One of the downhill parts was so steep that my speedometer said 10 with my back tire locked up. Again the roughness killed it. All in all not a bad place if you are in shape enough to handle it. Nice views of the lake at some points. I think once it gets worked in and some lines established it will be a bit more enjoyable.
P.S. If you are driving a good ways to get there, watch out for the buzzards in the road, they are not as fast as they think getting off the ground.



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Review Date
June 4, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Rockass ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
New. Needs grade work. Too hard to get rhythm w/ so many holes. The trail boss has good intentions. I hope he is successful.



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