Trail Information - Laurel Mountain


Description

A rocky network of trails nested in one of the newer neighbor hoods in Austin. These trails are earmarked for development by private land owners, so ride them while they are still wild.

Exiting the top of Laurel Mountain, one can hook up with the Great Hills Trails or exiting the Spicewood Springs Road side one can hook up with the Edward's Park trails leading up Jester Mountain to the Bull Creek High Ridge Trails.


Fun Factor

Our favorite is "Hamburger Hill." This is about a 50 foot descent that features in order:

Mountain biking fame and respect go to the biker who can climb this monster.

Recent garbage dumping has curtailed the fun on these trails. Jeesh, what an inconsiderate eyesore.

The trail can hold a lot of water, especially since there are numerous stream crossings and fords. This trail will stay muddier than others.


Biking Skill Requirements

Technical
requiring balance, hopping, pogo-action, traction control, or other bike-handling skills.
Aerobic
requiring sustained heart rates and a high lung capacity.
Strength
requiring leg power and upper body development.
Ascents
Level ground - -
Descents - -


Location

Spicewood Springs Road entrance:

  1. Take Loop 360
  2. West 2 miles on old Spicewood Springs Road to St. Edward's Park on left
  3. West 0.5 miles to jeep road on right
or

Laurel Mountain Elementary School entrance

  1. Take Highway 183
  2. South on Oak Knoll Drive
  3. West on Danwood Drive
  4. Southwest 1 mile on D. K. Ranch Road to end

Length

6 miles of networked jeep roads, double track.


Terrain

80% rocky limestone with exposed bolders, shelves, and ledges. 20% hard packed dirt.

On the lower sections of the mountain, the trails cross stream beds. The beds are normally dry, but fill with water after rain storms.


Altitude

One 200 foot mountain.


Environmental Concerns

  1. Sensitive to erosion - do not bike after rains.

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Last modified: Thursday, 09-Jun-2011 13:01:21 MST.