Hell’s Gate

Hell’s Gate

There is a place in East Lubbock, in the Dunbar-Manhattan Heights district, that stretches thin between realities. At the end of Canyon Lake Drive lies an old abandoned trestle from the Santa Fe Railroad known as Hell’s Gate. If you ask a native Lubbockite about this area they’ll tell you that many tragedies and haunting have occurred here. It’s rumored that this trestle was where a satanic cult met every pagan holiday for their sacrifices and rituals. There is also talk that multiple suicides have taken place here to resemble a western Aokigahara. Of course these are all things that we were told growing up and none of us have really experienced. Yeah we might have gone out there one night and felt an eerie feeling but as far as we know, all these stories are just myths. Intangible.

smoke fills the skies above Hell's Gate last week during Lubbock Fire Rescue's controlled burnings
smoke fills the skies above Hell’s Gate last week during Lubbock Fire Rescue’s controlled burn

But there is something else out here that is absolutely real. Something that you can touch and feel. The only thing that you’ll need to do so is a good two wheeled off road machine. There is a system of mountain bike trails that move around the old trestle and they’re not to terribly well known of. These tails offer plenty of different experiences for different riders. If you are new to mountain biking and just need somewhere to start then this is the perfect place for you. There are also plenty of features to challenge the more experienced rider but most trails also offer a more manageable route. You can also use plenty of different bikes on these trails too. Over the years there have been BMX bikes, road bikes, hard tails, full suspension bikes, cyclocross bikes, etc. out here. In fact, this is where some of the local bike shops have their demo days and there are also rides that take place out here very regularly. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what kind of bike you have, or how good at riding you are. All that matters is that we have access to some great bike trails that can be challenging or relaxing depending on how you want to ride them. The only thing that is left to do is to get out there and ride. Just be sure to keep your eye out for any ghosts that might be lurking in the mesquite.


there is a trail map at the entrance located just north of the small parking lot on the north side of the lake.
there is a trail map at the entrance located just north of the small parking lot on the north side of the lake


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