Ouch. Practice that word. If you want technical, this is your park. Think you got game? Think again. Emma is out for blood and she will get it from you, it's just a matter of time.

Known and feared throughout the Austin biking community, City Park seperates the riders from the posers. This is not recommended for beginners unless they are riding with someone else that has the patience to teach. There is so much to learn at CP that if you have the right group, you can spend an entire morning working on 5 or 6 climbs. But when you walk away your skills will be significantly better and your confidence will skyrocket.

City Park is not only a bike trail, but also a motorcycle trail. Share the trail is your responsibility because these guys ride fast and can't hear you. Just like a Yugo and a Hummer, assume that you have to yield and make yourself visible at all times.

The trail is strewn with dozens of limestone ledges, from the straightforward and simple through the the most complex (the triple bitch) of ledges that will test your skills and patience. For beginners, assume that you will walk up a lot of these. A good exercise is to cound the number of times you have to dismount. Every time you come back you'll be stronger and that number should get smaller. It's a blast, but be careful, you can really rack yourself up if you're not paying attention.

Location: Northwest Austin, by 2222 and 360

Directions: Take MoPac to RM 2222, exit and head west. The first light past Loop 360 is City Park Road. Take a left here and drive about 3.7 miles. (This is past the left hand cutoff to Greenshores.) At Oak Shores Drive you should see a sign for the "Motorcycle Trails". Take the left and follow Oak Shores Dr about another quarter to half mile to the parking lot

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Technical Level: High, plenty of ledges, drops, steep climbs and broken bones.

Length: 5.25M loop

Trails: Rocky technical trails. Most of the path is limestone, so when everything else is too muddy to ride (after a rain), you can always count on CP to be open. Drops tend to be in the 1.5-2' range with several that are much larger. Wear your glasses, there are several areas where you could poke your eye out if you are not careful.

Trail Map:  Trail Map

Elevation: About 5-600 feet per lap

Shade:  Medium. 3 quarters of the path is wooded and shaded and the other part is open. Normally this would have a higher rating but the technical nature is going to squeeze the water out of you so pack accordingly.

Extras:  New parking lot with washrooms and now a picnic pavillion. Emma Long Municipal Park is right down the road, but it's $8 to get in.

Fees:  none

Post Ride Beer:  QUANTITY. Ski Shores is right down the way, follow Pearce Drive to get to Ski Shores for some of the best local burgers right on the lake. And, of course, ice...cold...beer....

Links:  GORP review

GPS File:  GPX Format


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