Park: Memorial Park Mountian Bike Trails – Purple Route
Location: 6501 Memorial DR Houston, TX 77001
Trail Length: 1.63 miles
Today we’ll be taking a look at the Memorial Park Mountain Biking Purple Trails located inside the 610 loop:
6501 Memorial DR Houston, TX 77001 . This is a Intermediate Level Trail Run.
I rank trails into three categories. Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
Beginner Trails are under a mile, usually only gravel, asphalt or concrete.
Intermediate trails are over 1 mile in length, and under 3 miles. They consist of gravel, asphalt or concrete.
Advanced trails are over 3 miles in length or are off road trails that are not paved, usually used by mountain bikers. The terrain of these trails requires trail running shoes and focus on the ground is essential.
Memorial Park is New York’s Central Park for Houston. It’s huge, it has a golf course, a driving range, a fitness center, a swimming pool, play grounds for the kids, pick nick and BBQ grounds, tennis courts, a 3 mile jogging course, mountain biking trails, horse back riding trails, volleyball courts, baseball fields, soccer fields and a rugby field all in one place. It’s the best park to get out and see thousands of people all doing different things enjoying the wonderful weather in Houston!
I use the mountain biking trails for my intermediate to advanced trail runs. Memorial Park has over 12 miles of mountain biking trails.
Today we’ll be looking at the purple trails that are behind some of the baseball fields.
A Word of Caution, please remember that these trails are intended for use by mountain bikers, so always use caution when running in the trails, and always give bikers the right of way, they move much faster than your usual jog and will be out of your way in no time. When you hear some bikers, pull over to the side and let them pass.
The purple trail is 1.67 miles in length. It’s a wonderful run through the wooded area of memorial park. You will experience a wonderful feeling of being lost your first few runs. Every Time I’m out there running, it feels like I’ve left Houston and I’ve gone to an enchanted forest. It’s excellent for stress relief.
There are two or three technical hard parts in the trail where you do really need to watch your step and be careful. This is why I’ve ranked this trail as intermediate. It’s a good idea to have some good trail running shoes for better traction and stability.
Otherwise the run is very easy with a few terrain changes, from soft sand to hard dirt and a bit of broken up concrete. There is a few wooden bridges / overpasses. There is one scenic overlook were you can stop to take a breather and enjoy the beautiful bayou below, then get back to your run.
All in all, this is one of my favorite places to run because of the variety. There are serveral more trails and it’s very easy to plan out any distance you want without ever getting bored with the scenery.
This is a must run for anyone wanting to get into running, or anyone that is into runninng that has not run this route.
For more information with map layouts, please click on the links above included in the blog.