The Madrone Trail is a great 8 mile loop at Canyon Park on Canyon Lake. There are plenty of short climbs and drops, and is pretty technical in places. There are numerous rock-shelf drops and climbs of 1 to 3 feet. Part of it snakes through an abandoned campgroud/picnic area and boat ramp at Canyon Park that has pretty much overgrown since floods of the late 1980's. Makes for a ride on some unusual terrain. It's a good workout, beginners won't have fun here.
How to get there:
The Madrone Trail is located in Canyon Park on the north shore of Canyon Lake.
From US 281: Turn RIGHT(EAST) on FM 306. Go about 20 miles to Hancock, and turn right into Canyon Park. The Hancock Mini-Mart will be on your left at the turn. Go about one mile, and the Madrone Trail trailhead will be at the first parking area you come to on your right.
From IH 35: Take the FM 306/Canyon Lake exit on the north side of New Braunfels and go LEFT(WEST). Follow FM 306 about 17 miles to Hancock, and turn left into Canyon Park. The Hancock Mini-Mart will be on your right at the turn. Go about one mile, and the Madrone Trail trailhead will be at the first parking area you come to on your right.
Just past the trailhead is Papa Dock's at the marina. It's a great place to grab a beer and