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Addicks Dam Road Southeast

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5.0 mile 8.0 kilometer point to point
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Ascent: 6' 2 m
Descent: -2' 0 m
High: 120' 37 m
Low: 116' 35 m

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The top of Addicks Dam is dirt and gravel from Clay Road to North Eldridge Parkway.

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The purpose of this road is access by the Corps of Engineers. Please do not interfere with dam operations. See swg.usace.army.mil/Missions… for applicable regulations.

Description

This gravel trail is at the top of the Addicks Dam. Addicks is a "rolled-earth" dam; it was constructed by using the adjacent soil. The primary purpose of the route is maintenance access for the Corps of Engineers.

The western end of the trail is the top of the dam at North Eldridge Parkway. There is a gate to prevent motor vehicle entry but which can be easily crossed. Parking is not allowed at the entrance.

As of November 2016, the top of the dam west of this point is closed due to the construction of the new outflow structures. This construction is expected to continue until 2020. Safe access requires some patience with the fast traffic on Eldridge. A good practice is to time your move to the entrance with the traffic light at Dairy Ashford.

The east-west segment of the road from Eldridge to the Chatterton bridge is well-graveled with coarse rock, and for bicycles, the ride is rough.

Though steep, it is possible to climb the dam at the Chatterton bridge for access from the paved trail at the foot of the dam. The paved trail links Dairy Ashford, Kirkwood (via the bridge at Reddleshire Lane), and Brittmoore (via Chatterton).

The north-south segment from the Chatterton bridge to Clay Road was re-crowned with fine-grain material in 2018. It is smooth and well-drained. There are a number of "deer trails" that lead off both west into Addicks Reservoir and east to the street side of the dam.

The northern end of the trail is at the top of the dam at Clay Road. Parking is not allowed at the gated entrance. Safe access requires some patience with the fast traffic on Clay. There are usually gaps in the traffic every 3-5 minutes due to the traffic light timing.

Flora & Fauna

Wildlife frequently encountered include deer, raccoon and skunks. Skunks are particularly common around Chatterton and the Reddleshire Lane bridge.

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Reddleshire Extension from the top of the Addicks Dam.  This trace leads directly to creekbed that rarely dries up.
Nov 25, 2017 near Addicks, TX
North end of the Power Line Ponds Trace looking west from the top of the dam.  The creek can generally be crossed if the reservoir is empty and if there have been no recent rains.
Nov 25, 2017 near Addicks, TX
Reddleshire Bridge from the top of the Addicks Dam at the Reddleshire Extension.
Nov 25, 2017 near Addicks, TX
Addicks Dam Road: Crossing at Clay Road, looking north.
Feb 16, 2017 near Jersey…, TX

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