Monte Bella Trails
Visit this beautiful natural park on the outskirts of Brownsville opened in 2007 this park is a wide open space for our newly NRPA crowdfunded grant 21 disc golf course, phase I complete - pads and baskets installed, next phase includes signage. And enjoy our beginner level 7 miles single track mountain bike course that runs counter-clockwise elevation 31 feet. There are also runners and hikers on this trail. This natural preserved park serves as a buffer between the rapidly growing, mostly residential west side of Brownsville and the Rio Grande River East - West Natural Corridor system. Coming soon to the park a grant funded new restroom, which is near substantial completion and a newly completed parking lot.
Reviews About This Trail
On the east side of parking area, there is a warm-up loop that goes around the big field. On the west side, the main trail goes back along a [drainage canal] - follow this all the way until it ends and that's where the main trail starts. There is nothing very technical in Brownsville, but the trails offer a fairly high speed course. There are a lot of tight switchbacks that you have to hammer the brakes going in to, then put the power down coming out of. The trails run mostly in the Mesquite trees, and there is usually a gulf breeze that offers some relief from the south Texas heat. A fantastic well maintained city park with a load of wildlife - birds, lizards and rabbits scatter the trail in the summer. If you come to the area, be sure to bring your bike!
I lived in Brownsville for two years, and this trail was a nice part of living there. It is mostly flat singletrack through mesquite and cactus with a few drops and minor technical features. When it is dry (most of the time) it is a hard packed clay that allows for quick corners and pretty good speed. It cannot be ridden wet (mud cakes wheels). Make sure you have slime, everything has thorns on it. There is a lot of wildlife spring through fall, lizards and rabbits will race you down the trail. I rate this trail high for smooth ride, interesting flora and fauna.