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MMB 008: Amarillo, Tx Mountain Bikers and the Trails they Love


Are you planning a trip to Amarillo Texas? Want the lowdown on the Mountain Biking scene, Listen in.
Today Monterey Mountain bike had the privilege of sitting down with Holly Strickland to talk about the trails and areas that she is riding in the Amarillo Texas area. It was really interesting hearing about the great riding areas outside of Amarillo and a couple areas over in New Mexico.

I would like to thank Holly for joining the show and wish her good luck with the race at the end of the month.

List of Links to information from the show:

Amarillo Mountain Bike Trails

Children’s Home Trails- Amarillo TX (9th st and Helium rd)

“The Children’s Home Trails is 7 miles of some of the best trails in the area for mountain biking, hiking, & trail running -all stretched out over 100 acres”

Pull in where the road begins to curve; there is only one parking lot, and a sign on the fence. The parking lot is above the trails, so you’re guaranteed a climb to get back to the car Ha! Good thing it’s not a big one! Locals use this as a “quickie” ride spot. These trails are very closely packed. 7 miles might seem like a small number, but there are possibilities. It almost seems like every trail connects to each other.

Terrain: caliche, rocky, sandy, but beautiful. Some technical sections

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Fun strava segments:
La Migra (fence line) (1.9 miles): head from parking lot down east fence line-> north fence line -> west fence line->south fence line
Lots of fun downhill and some climbing

The Fence line (1.9 miles): Opposite la migra. There is a trial marker with segment name.
South Boundary East (south fence line to the east)(0.7 miles): head from parking lot east to west fence line
South Boundary West (south fence line to the west) (0.7 miles): head from west fence line east back to parking lot
Podzlilla Clean Seg (1.2 miles): good beginner trail. Has some climbing but not very technical.


Palo Duro Canyon- Canyon, TX

Approximately 30 miles of single track trails ranging from beginner to advanced.
Locals typically park in the Chinaberry day use area for easy access to ‘Paseo Del Rio’ (runs parallel to parking lot) which will carry you to Light House Parking Lot to the south, GSL trail head and N. to S. Comanche to the north, and Comanche trail to the east.

Terrain: red clay dirt, some sand, lots of flowing trails, some climbing trails, switchbacks, rocks (terrain varies by difficulty of trail)

The Trails:
Paseo Del Rio (1.1 miles): Beginner Friendly. Parallels chinaberry day use area.
Light House: Beginner to Intermediate
Capitol Peak (1.7 miles): Intermediate
Inner Capitol Peak/Capitol Peak East (1.0 miles): Intermediate
Juniper Cliffside (2.6 miles): Intermediate

Juniper riverside Beginner
Sunflower Beginner
Rojo Beginner

Little Fox Loop (1.9 miles) Beginner visit the ‘Beach Box’ and the book!
Givens Spicer Lowery/GSL (2.6 miles) Intermediate
Comanche (4.3 miles) Intermediate to Advanced
N. Comanche (1.4 miles) Beginner to Intermediate
Rock Garden (2.1 miles) Advanced
Technical switch backs, rocky climbs, and a view like no other trail!!!

Fun Strava Segments:
Little Fox Loop
Capitol Peak West (CW)
Capitol Peak East (CW)
Capitol Peak Full (CW)
Rock Garden Up (2.1 miles, 612 feet of climbing, 5% grade avg)
24HoursinthecanyonHillClimb (1.1 miles, 496ft of climbing, 8% grade avg)

Canyon Trails at Buffalo Hill (Buffalo Trails)- Canyon Texas
Approximately 5 miles of quick, easy access trails, and beginner friendly single track.


Local Facebook Page:
Thanks to our local MTB page for photos!

Local Races: Pain Under The Plains Sep 19&20, 2015
Team Kordestani Palo Duro Marathon Nov 14, 2015 for race info

24 Hours in The Canyon:
The only simultaneous 24 hour road and mtb race in the country. May 30-31, 2015

I’m riding in memory of my Grandmother, Martha Summers, who passed away from colon cancer.
Help Me Raise Money to Support Local Cancer Survivors:


If you liked hearing from Holly Strickland about the trails and parks that she loves to ride in Amarillo Texas and want to be part of the conversation, leave me a note in the comment section below!

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