... including our recent Trails Day weekend at the park:
After nearly two years of work, the Tinaja Trail is finally ready for the public. The three mile trail follows both sides of Gorman Canyon and crosses the canyon at the Tinaja, an outstanding rock feature that usually contains water. While the trail is still being "tweaked", it's in great shape for hikers and moderately skilled mountain bikers. There are two traiheads: the "lower" trailhead is found near the Conference Center, directly across the maintenance road from the Gorman Falls trailhead. The "upper" trailhead is located on the north side of the Cedar Chopper Loop, about 3/4 mile from the Cedar Chopper trailhead. Work is underway to get all the signage in place.
Some of the best vistas in the park are right here! Come on out and enjoy a great hike.
The 2014 version of our trail map displays the new Tinaja Trail and a trail description has been added to the Trail Description page. It's almost complete! (High resolution maps are available at the park for a small donation.)
The trail crew had a great weekend Feb. 22-24. While one crew continued roughing a new section of trail, another crew built a new bridge spanning a washed out section of the River Trail. It's quite impressive! Thanks to all our volunteers for their hard work.
Volunteers level out a new section of trail.
A handful of volunteers spent a beautiful December day patiently rough cutting and shaping a path above Gorman Creek. Pending final approval, the new trail will be almost four miles long and will take hikers and bikers to areas of the park that only recently became open to the public.
A great group of volunteers assembled during the weekend of October 27-28, 2012 to start the fall trailbuilding season. The group continued rough cutting an exciting new section of trail above Gorman Creek, featuring some of the greatest views in the park. (No kidding!) We do brag on our trails a lot, but they just keep getting better. There were even more volunteers in the park leading cave tours over the weekend. Thanks to all our volunteers for your dedication and hard work! If you would like to join us, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We had a great group of scouts in the park on the weekend of May 19-20, 2012. This group, comprised of two different troops from the Austin area, learned some great trailbuilding skills and put them into practice on a new section of trail. We hope they're ready to come out again soon.
March 16-18 was another great trailbuilding weekend with significant upgrades completed on the River Trail, including this nifty boardwalk which crosses a muddy wash.
We had a great volunteer turnout in January to put the finishing touches on the brand-new Spicewood Canyon Trail, now open for business!
Be sure to check out the new Park Map and updated trail descriptions on their respective pages. You saw it first here! Look for a printed version of the map available at the park soon.
Here's a link to a great article on the January trip, courtesy of Dawn Hill and the Waco Bicycle Club. (Copy and paste, the link isn't working right now.)
The January crew also finished the Gorman Falls Bypass Trail. This short section of trail lets bikers ride the Gorman Falls Trail and bypass the dangerous creek crossing, connecting to the Old Gorman Road Trail without having to carry their bikes.
One of the biggest challenges facing trail users at CBSP is figuring out where they are! With new trails being built every month, the park is constantly having new signage installed but just can't keep up. Trail volunteers are helping out by constructing and installing signage to exacting TPWD standards. We recently installed numerous signs throughout the trail system, hand-digging each rocky hole and setting the poles in concrete. We also came up with a huge list of signs that still need to be made. It will take time, but someday each junction will have the appropriate signage so our esteemed trail users won't get lost!
March 18-20 marked a milestone in Colorado Bend trail building as the new reroute of upper Spicewood Springs Trail was completed and open to the public. The new section is just over a mile long, wandering away from the fire road and winding its way through the trees. The new trailhead is located directly across from the lower Lemons Ridge Pass trailhead. Check it out, it's beautiful!
We're winding down this season's trailbuilding. Look for us to return in the fall with miles of new trail to build. Come join us, you're gonna love it!
This is going to be one beautiful piece of trail with views of Spicewood Creek and the Colorado River!
This guy was right in the middle of our trail as we rode our bikes... a great reminder to keep your eyes on the trail!
Our newest toy took care of over 100 stumps on its inaugural trip to the park. Thanks to Rusty Hansgen, Scott Prugh and the Waco Bicycle Club for putting this bad boy together!
You never know what you may find on a trail building day! We ran across this nest on our February trip. We hope to go back in March to see if the eggs have hatched. If you've never seen a baby buzzard, you're in for a treat!
The water line indicates that the level had already dropped several feet. We had no problem crossing the creek, although we had to leave a couple of small cars behind!
Recent rains flooded the Conference Center, located at the top of the Falls.
Colorado Bend State Park is the seasonal home of the golden-cheeked warbler and blackcapped vireo. When the birds return to the park in the spring, the trail crew moves out of sensitive habitats. As a result, we normally "downsize" the project during the warm months. Stay tuned!