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Sam Houston

Average Rating:    (3.31 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 16

The trail is all single track. The trail is technical with turns. At some points you can pick speed.
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Latitude
30.31895142366329
Longitude
-93.26311111450195
Trail Directions
Sam Houston is about 12 miles north of Lake Charles. ONce you get in the park there are many ways to get to the trailhead. There is a drop at the boat launch. This is probably the easiest to find.
Trail Length
10 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Moss Bluff
   


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Review Date
September 28, 2011

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: BSIMMONS ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This Used to be a really good trail but lately it has been poorly taken care of and some parts of trails are washing out BAD. Roots eveywhere Espically orange trail. Not a very changeling trail if ridden more than three times or so. No jumps, big down hills or dangerous crap.

Recommended Route:
all of em. They seem fastest if you go in a clock wise motion ( looking down on a map)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hodges Gardens is diffrent. Mostly paved road (5 miles) the dirt trails are mostly for hiking and horses so its not too smooth. Not challenging either.



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Review Date
May 29, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Mojo37 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Overall this trail is pretty flat. There are a few steep descents that are gnarly due to the roots. It is not very long either so you will need to ride it 3 times to get some distance in. The Longleaf pine trail is the primary trail and is about 3.5 miles. It is primarily a beginner trail, but does have some more difficult sections. There a few climbs and few good descents. It is definitely a single track trail. It is however very scenic with a good bit of nice bridges. The longleaf pine extension is a 1.3 mile addition to the main trail. This trail is very narrow, pretty windy, tight turns, and is more of an intermediate trail.

I had been hearing that the trail wasn't too good, but thought I should go ride it for myself. I'm glad I went. It wasn't the best, but it was worth the trip just to ride a different trail. Although there are no long trails, combining all of the small trails can add to about a 7 mile ride. In addition, riding the trails both ways adds a little variety as well.

The riverwalk trail (orange) is an extremely easy trail. This is a great trail for beginners and first timers. For the more seasoned riders, it is an opportunity to really fly! It is flat the entire way, so it is a good training track in my opinion because it requires a lot of pedaling.





Recommended Route:
I road it 2 different ways.....

First Route:
Started on the Longleaf Extension or Purple Trail (1.3 miles), to a right onto the Longleaf Trail or Blue Trail (3 miles) and rode it around until turning on the Old Stagecoach Trail or Yellow Trail (0.5 miles). Traveled down the road until finding the Cypress Tupelo Trail or Red Trail (0.5 miles) then connected to the Riverwalk Trail or Orange Trail (1.6 miles). Total mileage was 7 miles.

I then road the same route backwards:
Started on the south entrance of the Orange Trail (1.6 miles), connected back to the Red Trail (0.5 miles). Took a left leaving the trailhead until finding the Yellow Trail (0.5 miles). Followed the yellow trail until turning left on the Blue Trail (3 miles). Took a left on the Purple Trail (1.3 miles) and finished my ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kincaid - Wild Azalea, Lamotte Creek, and Lakeshore Trail.
Clear Springs



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Review Date
December 20, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jbarro10 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
this is a pretty decent trail for the area. it stays wet after rain and is very rooty in places. it is however very fun and is best ridden start to finish and then in reverse back to the start. call the local bike shop for details. capital cyclery. ask for dean. he is the owner and extremely nice and helpful.



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Review Date
March 25, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: tunacansam ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Three separate trails all with their own features the blue trail is about 3.5 miles long. my first trip down it was this past weekend. i was throughly impressed. expect to do some adjustments to your bike afterwards, lots of roots. Also don't attempt without a bike with atl east three inches of fork travel. All in all awesome well worth the drive and only 1$ for the day access to everything.

Recommended Route:
run it in reverse, you will get some hard climbs and some serious adrealine rushes at times this way



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Review Date
November 16, 2007

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: RomanLA ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I ride the trails in Sam Houston several times each week. The Blue Trail is single track with lots of technical aspects. You will definitely want a good trail rated bike or you're likely to break parts. There are lots of washed out areas that expose roots and make for a rough ride. There are some sandy spots near the river that can catch tires, if you're not ready for them. Not to mention, the pine needles that will cause your bike to slide out from under you on sharp corners. There are also plenty of roots that can cause an endo, if you're not paying close attention.

Recommended Route:
I recommend riding the trail and both directions. There are different technical aspects depending on your direction of travel.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The Sam Houston Orange Trail is a nice scenic trail that runs along the river with lots of wildlife.



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