Dec 11, 2018 by Evan Bailey
Timberlane trail? Where is that? If you live in Houston chances are you probably have not ridden it. I've lived in Houston for 10 years now rode it for the first time this summer, which is a shame because it is only about 16 minutes east from my house in Spring. For years I've consistantly gone to the Cypresswood trail and experimented with a few others around the Houston area. I downloaded the trailforks app one day and it showed up so I thought why not check it out?
The first day I went it was super hot and muggy but I really wanted to try it out. Using trailforks I started to follow some of the trails on the map and was pleasantly surprised by the scenery and flow of the trail. Nothing technical really, just a nice singletrack ride through the woods. I started out at Timberlane Park here, rode on the paved trail for a little bit and then jumped onto the off road trail. I stayed to the left at all of the forks which kept me near the bank of the creek.
Part of trail had not been maintained in a while and some of the bridges looked a bit damaged most likely from Hurricane Harvey last year. There is a cool swampy area a few minutes in that is very pretty. While I was out there for a few hours I didn't run into a single person on the trail (could have been because it was so hot but who knows).
I was shocked to see so many ponds and lakes out there! I had no clue they even existed until I rode the trail. It was especially surprising considering this area is just East of the Hardy toll road. The lakes were definitely a cool feature. There are lots of random trails that I am still discovering now that I've ridden it 6 times or so. Tip: You can easily get confused and lost if you do not have a map on your phone. They have a printed one at all of the trailheads or you can download the trailforks app on your phone.
I plan on riding this trail with my family since it has so many different areas to explore and lots of good beginner trails. I joined the facebook group which I highly recommend. There are some awesome guys on there that have plans to improve and add on to the existing trails so stay tuned and get involved as I plan to do since I want to keep this trail going.