stacked loops; network
$6 (day use only)
• Family camping units
• Group camping
• Picnic units with tables and fireplaces
• Picnic shelter
• Swimming area and beach
• Concession stand with bathhouse (groceries, ice, and other items)
• Canoes and paddleboats can be rented at the concession stand
• Fishing is permitted under applicable state laws
(936) 344-6205 or (936) 653-8699
covers original loop only
Built exclusively for mountain biking, Double Lake’s loop is very well designed. Fast, flowing, winding; all suitable descriptors for this Sam Houston National Forest singletrack. Yes, the entire length of the trail is true singletrack (minus the initial 20 yards from the trailhead). Well-maintained singletrack at that, thanks to the Greater Houston Off-Road Mountain Bike Association (GHORBA) and its volunteers.
The faster you ride, the more exciting Double Lake can be as you sweep in an out of the turns, brushing against the trees as you strive to maintain your speed. The occasional logs you come across serve as attempted speed bumps perhaps, but you’ll have the speed to easily hop or roll over them. Trust me. Double Lake is, after-all, built for speed. The trail has you constantly winding through the trees as fast as your crank will turn and your confidence allows. Oh, and don’t worry about sharp turns and such, all of these are clearly marked as you approach. With the wind in your face and only hints of the sun above (you are in a national forest, after-all) it’s sure to be a sweet, cool ride.
Due in part to its lack of elevation and technical level, Double Lake is sometimes mistakenly referred to as boring. Although it certainly does not provide significant elevation change or the technical challenges found elsewhere in Texas, it is very well suited for speed, sometimes making it easy to do so, and like previously noted, flows really, really well. So, if you find this loop to be none too exciting, pedal faster. It’s as simple as that.
~ MountainBikeTx.com(27 Apr)