2 miles
Distance
314 ft
Climb
-43 ft
Descent
3,938 ft
High Point

Details

  • Riding Area
    Big Bend National Park
    Terlingua, Texas
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Dirt/Gravel Road
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Season
    September to May
  • Family Friendly
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #11672 in Mountain Biking

Pay attention to this road. Not for the difficulty, but all the distractions of the area. Stop where the trail is marked, secure your bikes, then hike about 1.5 miles south to Cattail Falls, a literal hidden oasis.

Although marked on some maps, DO NOT ATTEMPT TO HIKE THE OAK SPRINGS TRAIL. You can go a short distance for view, but this trail is known for rockfalls and loose scree. There are many injuries on this trail. I'd only consider doing this trail if I were an Apache being chased by the buffalo soldiers camps up Fresno Canyon (in the Big Bend State Park).

When done at Cattail Falls, the downhill ride is quick to the bottom.

Access Info

Back Country permit required. Check in at Panther Junction.

Disclaimer

The only legal mountain biking in the National Park is on four-wheel-drive roads. Don't leave the road!

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More Stats for Oak Springs - Cattail Falls. bike trail
  • Altitude change
    272 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,653 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,653 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,924 ft
  • Grade
    2.874%
  • Grade max
    -9.015%
  • Grade min
    9.08%
  • Distance climb
    1 miles
  • Distance down
    1,067 ft
  • Distance flat
    678 ft
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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
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