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Descent: -8' -2 m
High: 98' 30 m
Low: 91' 28 m
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“This legacy roadbed runs north-south from North Eldridge Parkway to Miles Trail.”— Bryan Dotson
Note that the Corps of Engineers may close areas to access for wildlife control operations. Look for signs at the entrances to Noack Trail and Miles Trail and please do not enter the area if marked as closed.
The access point is a turn-out on Eldridge about halfway between Clay Road and War Memorial. There is a steel gate which you have to climb over. After a short run to the southeast, the old roadway runs due south to Bauer Trail, passing the intersection with the Phillips Cutoff. The last 50 feet or so of this portion of Noack Trail is low and remains boggy for a long time after rains. It is hard to detour around this bog if you want to go west.
However, if you want to go east on Bauer Trail, the Phillips Cutoff is higher ground and will take you near the head of the Hermann Hospital Trail. The large open field was the drillsite for the Bauer Estate No. 1, which was drilled by Phillips Petroleum Company in 1986. Since it was an oilfield road, the cutoff is relatively high and well-drained.
Noack Trail intersects with Bauer Trail then goes west on the Bauer route about one-quarter mile. There is a deep bog on Bauer Trail that can usually be avoided by a detour to the north.
Noack Trail then continues due south. The access from Bauer Trail is a low-water crossing which can sometimes be forded. On this segment there is a dike east of the old roadbed that can be used to bypass some of the low and muddy segments. The trail ends at Miles Trail with a good dry intersection.
Be prepared for mosquitoes and fire ants.
According to US Army Corps of Engineers’ records, the northern end of this trail is on the boundary between land previously owned by Max Noack and a tract of about 354 acres owned by Jerry C. Bauer and his wife. Max Noack owned about 125 acres on the southeast corner of Clay Road and the old Addicks-Fairbanks Road (now North Eldridge Parkway). The majority of this trail is on land that belonged to the Bauer family before being acquired for the reservoir.
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