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The West White Oak Bayou Trail extends between 11th Street and Pinemont Drive, running parallel with the bayou and T. C. Jester Boulevard. Plans are underway to finish extending the trail from Pinemont Drive to Antoine Drive.
From the trail you can connect to the Central Business District (CBD) Access On-street Bikeway at 11th Street and at Ella Boulevard on the south and to the West Houston On-street Bikeway at 34th Street, Dubarry (to Wakefield), 43rd Street, Carleen (to Bethlehem), and Pinemont on the north.
Though there were a few discarded grocery carts in the bayou and some sketchy surroundings at times, this is a fun trail to ride! I was amazed at the volume of water flowing into and down the bayou! It even had rapids like a river in a few places! All in all, a great biking getaway in the heart of the big city!
This is second only to Terry Hershey Park/George Bush in terms of continuous riding which isn't intersected by any streets. I love dedicated asphalt bike paths. Makes for a great and safe workout. I combine this with the Heights Hike & Bike Trail to stop at UH-D for a longer workout. At night, use a good power headlight (~350 lumens) because there aren't lights any lights for long sections.
That being said, I'm deducting a star given the handful of homeless people wandering near the 610 area (creeps you out at night when you see a figure standing still to the side watching you), the faded pavement markers (easy job to maintain, the city just needs to be proactive), and the debris such as broken glass and nails. I rode this on a cyclocross bike with 35mm tires and it was fine. A 25mm road bike tire should be okay, just watch out for the debris.
This is a fantastic continuous trail...it is now fully open under the loop where it was previously closed due to construction.
Daily we are watching with anticipation as more trail is poured & connected going south down the bayou toward downtown. Not sure exactly where this will finish out, but I bet it will get you to downtown & to the Buffalo Bayou trails...fantastic!
Great protected 'hiking' for boy scout hiking merit badges...right in our back yard!
Loved the view and it was perfect.
We rode a total of 23 miles use both bike trails. It is a nice relaxing bike ride. Our only complaints were easier display markers to access from West White Oak Bayou Trail to Heights Bike Trail and there is limited public parking.
The best thing about this trail is that there are few interruptions for crossing roadways. There is construction still at 610 Loop which requires navigating a busy intersection, but after that, it's smooth sailing. There are sections that almost make you forget you are in a big city. I saw a hawk today swoop down and catch a fish in the bayou; he soared away with it in his tallons. There isn't much overhead cover so the brutal summer heat would make this trail pretty tough in August, but right now (March), you can't beat it for nice morning rides. From my house and back, it's right at 20 miles.
Rode the trail for the first time yesterday on my way riding from Spring, Texas to Downtown.
I started at Champions Forest and Spring Cypress. Went south on Champions forest to Bourgeois. Went west on Bourgeois and cut through the Cutten Green subdivision and then took Cutten road south to the Gas Station at the intersection of the Beltway 8 feeder road and 249. Then took 249 south to Antoine south.
Sketchiest part of the ride was the 3 miles on Antoine (there are sidewalks for most of it) until I connected with the White Oak Bayou Trail.
Other than the brief part of the trail that is still dirt it is a beautiful 10 foot wide concrete trail all the way from Antoine just north of West Little York south to 11th street.
From there I went east on 11th for about a mile and picked up the Heights bike trail which runs south from there, under I-10 to the Target Shopping Center just east of I-10, it then runs east all the way to down town. The trail ends at a bridge that is under construction. I had to circumvent a chain link barrier to cross the bridge which then allowed me to hike down a short dirt hill (cyclocross style) to connect to the trail system along buffalo bayou.
I took this trail system along Memorial all the way to Memorial Park.
Has anyone else out there tried to ride from the North side of town to Downtown? I might do it regularly to work but it would be best to have others with me for safety. Anyone found a better/safer route?
Does this trail easily link into any other trails that will take you all the way to downtown or is 5 miles the extent of it? Thanks.
The West White Oak Bayou Trail is outstanding. It's 5 miles of pure cycling pleasure. I highly recommended this trail and will definitely hit this one again.
"The West White Oak Bayou Trail is an excellent, well maintained, inner-city route. If you are in Houston, this is as good as it gets."
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