Mae Simmons Outer Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 421' 128 m
Descent: -418' -127 m
High: 3,182' 970 m
Low: 3,123' 952 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“The best trail in Lubbock.”— Blake Ferguson
The beginning section is pretty open, with a few quick, steep hills across some pretty open grassland with lots of prairie dogs. About a mile or so in, you'll see a parking lot to your right and a short trail leading off toward it; keep straight and run into the brush. This is what I would call the second part to the trail. You'll run through a nice wooded area with a lot more quick steep up and downs. There are other trails crossing this area, but keep taking all rights to stay to the outer loop.
You'll eventually wind around to another open area where you'll head toward an unused railroad bridge, the trail will lead underneath it. You'll go through a small wooded area here and come out onto a gravel road. Stay straight and head up the hill; veer off towards the left, there is a water treatment plant off to your right. Keep going up this hill until you hit a farm gate. The trail will continue along the fence-line to the left.
The trail will go through some scrub brush with some nice views of cotton fields. Take this all the way around and the first chance you get, take a path off to the right to start heading back. Once again back in the middle section just keep to the right, and you'll stay on the outer loop. Just follow the outer loop back across the open prairie until you loop back around.
Land Manager: City of Lubbock - Parks and Recreation