Reimers Ranch has trails for all levels, the novice loop is great for those just learning and since the intermediate and advanced tracks constantly overlap the novice it is easy to ride the area with riders of all levels and stay together. There is a $10 per car entry fee or an annual parks pass gets you in for $100 annually. Reimers not only offers spectacular mountain biking, there are also some amazing rock climbing areas and a rope swing into the river which is refreshing after a long hot ride. Beware in the summer months this ride can be a killer, there is very little shade and you will go through your water quickly. Thankfully there are several bail outs along the trail which are great for when you overheat or in the event that someone gets injured.
Hamilton Pool Road
Great place to ride on a cool day. Views that go on forever when you climb to the top. Well marked trails but I would get off the beginner loop as soon as you can. It just winds back and forth in this meadow when the all the good stuff is up higher.
Reimers has some great terrain features, but most of them are within the first 7 miles of the trail. These include a few hundred feet of climbing, some ledges and steep technical ups, and some significant drops and technical downs. The latter 7 miles do include a fast non-technical descent, but overall consist of flat singletrack with little in the way of challenge.
The opening 7 miles are the best portions of the trail as the double black section which had made up the last couple of miles of the Pro loop have been closed down. The remedy for this is to pick up the crushed granite walking path to your right as you are about to head back to the parking area and follow it to its end. You will there find the canyon rim hiking path which is fairly new as of 11/17/10. It is one to two miles of near continuous rock-garden and has some arroyo crossings which are rideable by only those with a healthy dose of trials ability coupled with insanity. The rim trail dumps you back onto the back 4 miles of expert loop and brings you out to a 19 mile total ride by the time you get back to your car (provided you rode all the black diamond sections).
Reimers can be brutally hot in the summer. Bring 100oz of ice water at the minimum.
Protective gear can be beneficial for those who refuse to hike a bike the rim trail arroyos or who careen the drops and ledges as they have a tendency to seize your front tire and not let go.
There is new trail at Reimers. It adds roughly a couple miles of techi-trail to the loop right before the mile-long fenceline downhill. An expert section near the beginning was removed and some of the basic singletrack near the end was also removed. Overall now, you have 16 miles of trail on the expert loop with the first ten of such being ledgy, droppy, and climby. The trail back to the parking area is lost to oblivion so as you finish the final rock garden at the end, veer left and take the new road or the granite walking path back.
The new section of trail is excellent with lots of rock garden and cheese grater and limited extended climbing.
Rode this today for the first time since the reroute (the back side of the trail was changed up quite a bit in 2011, necessitated by the construction of new bathroom/parking facilities.) I was pleased to find that it's still the same old Reimer's I knew and loved. The front side still contains all of the challenging ledges, climbs, ramps, and other obstacles, plus an additional loop. From the GPS tracks, it appears that some of the loops nearest the river have been shortened, but I apparently didn't notice while I was riding them. I followed the black diamond loop the whole way, which totaled 11 miles with about 1000' gain/loss. This is about a mile shorter than the track I captured before the reroute, but it seems like most of what they cut out was the boring stuff. The non-technical trail that returns you to the parking lot is shorter but has more twists and turns in it now. The black diamond loop is still, IMHO, one of the top 10 trails in Texas.
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