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GSL Ranch. check this place out.

hawkman

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I Will load up in the morning and try to be their between 7 and 8. I Will be in a black dodge 1500 with a white drz400s in the back.
 
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Well the riding is nice, and the place is VERY serene to camp. Sam is a great guy. An ex MXer / trail rider who loves the dirt bike world so much he makes his place available at super low prices. He does this basically just to stay connected, and provide a much needed pay as you go riding area for San Antonio dirt riders. If you can make it out there he would appreciate your patronage. Just be careful, there are some hidden stumps and baby head boulders lurking in that deep grass. They are waiting to spoil an otherwise perfect riding day. A couple of em ganged up and did exactly that to my riding partner. Hawkman I hope you are healing up OK now. Hate that I taunted you to come out and ride the place with me... only to have mishap jump all over you.
 

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Not to worry. Comes with the territory. I had a blast up until the end. It was great riding with you. Unfortunately I have to spend two days in the hospital with broken collar bone and 5 broken ribs. Strictly for pain management. I Will be home by tomorrow then 6 weeks to heal
 
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i am 55 and i think about injury a lot more now days than when i was in my 30 to 40 age .**** motorcycles cant live with em cant live without em .get well soon hope too meet in person some day .tony d
 
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Not to worry. Comes with the territory. I had a blast up until the end. It was great riding with you. Unfortunately I have to spend two days in the hospital with broken collar bone and 5 broken ribs. Strictly for pain management. I Will be home by tomorrow then 6 weeks to heal
Ouch! Hope you heal fast. Is the bike ok?
 
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5 broken ribs & a collar bone! Dang yall, the Hawkman is one tough dude. He helped me load his bike in the truck with only a grown or two. (No the bike didnt have as much as a scratch on it.) Then he drove himself off to the hospital. I still feel guilty somehow that you ended up in such a bad way. Hope my new riding friend makes a fast & full recovery. We are all rooting for you.
 
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Going to try to head out there today with a couple of younger cousins, to hopefully give them the off-road fever. Taking a couple ATVs and the TTR230 this time.
 

hawkman

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Well, I saw the ortho today. I am well enough to go back to work after three weeks but it looks like three months minimum before I can ride again. I miss it already.
 
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Video of some newbies at GSL ranch a couple weeks ago....

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Thinking about trying to check this place out during the Thanksgiving break. Think I'll bring two of my son's with me (12 yr & 5 yr). Post up if anyone is interested in joining. Friday??

Thanks
CJB
 
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Wow what a great place and owner!

Sam couldn't be more accommodating, $10 per day, free for non-riders, and kids ride free! What a deal, the place just needs riders.

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[ame="http://youtu.be/gXS_gBD6lYU"]GSL Ranch Texas Hill Country Dirt Bike Offroad Riding - YouTube[/ame]

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[ame="http://youtu.be/MGjNKe4Hsvg"]GSL Ranch Texas Hill Country Dirt Bike Offroad Riding - YouTube[/ame]
 
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thanks for the vid looks like you found same loop we did back in august .you are right good property sam is cool for austin san antonio folks you cant beat it .did yall find the rock creek bed and woods section by the property line .:rider:
 
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So is this place always open or do you have to set up with owner? From Videos this place looks doable on a klr 650 . I just so happen to have one that needs to break its cherry on the dirt!
 
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So is this place always open or do you have to set up with owner? From Videos this place looks doable on a klr 650 . I just so happen to have one that needs to break its cherry on the dirt!
Wouldn't hurt to touch base with the owner before you haul. He is usually there, but not always. As for the KLR, on some of the trails... it could prove a little cumbersome. A lot depends on your riding skill, and off road comfort level. You will be riding on occasional baby heads and such. :eek2: I was really hoping to get back out there during the winter months and pioneer some more trails through that rocky woods section. But my next job will have me gone until around mid April. Seems like we could thread a good bit more technical trail through there, if anyone felt like trying to mess with it. This area looks like it could offer up some pretty good Hidden Falls style technical single track riding. :rider:
 

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Since a couple of riders checked this place out last week, I thought I would re-read the thread.
Maybe visit when it gets cooler. Camping would be the way to go since it's a little ways from Austin.
 
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This place has some really good potential. Very friendly amenable former rider land owner, great prices, peaceful country camping, and a handful of seldomly ridden trails. Just needs a bunch of us to show up in mass to layout and cut some more technical trails that flow around some of the more challenging terrain features, then ride 'em in good. Excellent primitive group camp & huddle up spot. Almost always have the place to yourself.
 

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Spoke to Sam today. The ranch is open for riding but starting October 1, the riding hours will be 9a - 4p to accommodate the hunters. Camping will still be allowed during hunting season.

I may try to sneak out there this weekend sometime. I'll post up if it happens.
 
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Yes, it is still going.
My daughter and I camped out there in the beginning of December. We got there late on a Saturday afternoon but couldn't ride because it was after 4 during hunting season. We woke up Sunday and by 10am there were already folks coming in with bikes & quads. It turned out to be a beautiful day and in all I would say there were over 2 dozen riders of all ages.

It is a fun, friendly, inexpensive place with lots of trails... we weren't able to explore them all in just one day. We will be going back.
 
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I've heard of that place and I think one rider in our group has been. I was at the gas station in Buda near my house one day and there were multiple vehicles with bikes going there. I heard the terrain was mostly mild which was why I haven't been yet.

Getting some challenging trails cut would be great. I'm a city park and north loop at HF kind of guy.
 
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I am very interested in going to check out this place. Geese it's in my backyard (San Antonio) and i didn't know about it. I don't have a day planned yet but i would be open to suggestion from anyone who might want to meet up and go riding. I would hate to show up alone. My days off are Sunday's and Tuesdays. I'm a mid level rider on a Dual Sport.
 
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I'm a mid level rider on a Dual Sport.[/QUOTE]

Stay sharp & watch out for hidden baby heads lurking in the grassy trails. Each time I have been there, the trails are so seldomly ridden that they are over grown with weeds in places. I've already seen those hidden mini boulders do in one of unlucky TWTer.
 
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They should try to get an Austin Motorsports Association (AMSA) ride day at GSL. It would help them mark and wear in some trails. You usually get 50-100 riders at an invent and it's mostly a sea of orange.

I was just at the McMahon ride day in Smithville on New Years Day.
 
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That is what this place really needs. I bet a big group of riders could easily get this place dialed in with some new trails, and sort out all the existing, in just one weekend.
 
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There are plenty of trails to explore. I would expect about 4 to 6 hours to check them all out. It is not as big as Marble Falls Adventure Park but it is pretty awesome.
 
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It usually closes during hunting season. I am not a hunter so I don't know when that is. If you call the phone number the recording will usually say.
 
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My son and spent they day at GSL Ranch a few weeks back. He was on a CRF70F and I was on a KTM 450EXC. It cost us all of $10 to ride for the day. Kids under 15 are free. :sun:

He's only 10 and not too comfortable trail riding, but is WOT on a track. :eek2: He is right at the edge of needing a larger bike and could have used more ground clearance and suspension travel to handle things like the rocky creek bed.

I enjoyed the trails, and the easy going attitude of the people we met there. Finding the ranch is a bit difficult. You actually have to travel through a ranch to get to GSL's gate. The GPS was right on, but the gate said "Private Property". We were told to drive that road until we hit GSL.

It isn't maintained in any way, but there was plenty of space to ride, just don't chase the livestock. (per rules) :rofl:

My son enjoys White Knuckle Ranch more, but my 44 y.o. body can't handle that too often.

All in all, we will definately be going back.
 

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Heading to GSL ranch Saturday 12-29 for the day. I will be with my son (17yr.) and his friend who just started riding. We will just be hanging out and riding for the day if anyone wants to come out. I'll be in a white crew cab Chevrolet with white enclosed trailer, both dirty.
 
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Heading to GSL ranch Saturday 12-29 for the day. I will be with my son (17yr.) and his friend who just started riding. We will just be hanging out and riding for the day if anyone wants to come out. I'll be in a white crew cab Chevrolet with white enclosed trailer, both dirty.
I hope the recent rain didn't muddy things up too bad. We tried to go out there a few days after a big storm here in Kerrville and a good number of the trails were flooded in spots. If you're not afraid of getting muddy you probably could ford them. My son wasn't too excited about the idea after he buried his bike in a mud hole the first try. I was happy that the bike remained upright, it was just buried up to the axles in mud, which then tried to suction my boots off my feet when I had to pull his little CRF70 out.
 

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Yeah I’d rather not play in the mud but, I have a day to go so I’ll take it like I get it.
 
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There was a few guys there before Christmas.
https://www.twtex.com/forums/threads/dirt-bike-rider-breakfast-series-saturday-12-15-18-9a-little-gretel-boerne.119031/
They are planning another one also.

The high tomorrow is 40deg, but the crew is still willing.
I'd rather it be 40 degrees than 80. By the time I get all geared up, I'm sweating. That's before even trying to start the bike. :-)

Have fun, take pictures, and let us know. I have next week off and the son & I may need to make the trip out there.
 

Vec

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I rode the bush pig out this afternoon from K-ville, stuck $10 in the honor box and had the whole place to myself.... nice black mud holes in the woods, not too deep.. had a great time till about 4:30, then it started to rain, so i boogied back home.
 
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