2022 Texas Hell Week Route Information

A-1: Willow City-LBJ Loop - Sunday, March 27, 2022

Distance:  96.6 miles

Elevation gain: 4,605 feet

 

This is a clockwise loop N and E of Fredericksburg.  2.2 miles (2%) are on state or federal highways. Overall elevation gain is 47.8 ft./mile. This route lies entirely up on the Edwards Plateau.

 

The route heads west out of Fredericksburg, north on Hayden Ranch Rd and across US 290. Most of the route is north of US 290. There are many cattle guards and water crossings. The route follows stream valleys – and crosses Live Oak Creek 4x, Pecan Creek 6x, Crabapple Creek 4x and Pedernales River 2x. This is a scenic ride across rolling Hill Country ranch land. There are no steep climbs.

 

High point on the route is 2,182’ at the intersection of Cherry Mountain Loop/Gypsum Mine Road (mile 22.6). Low point on the route is 1,400’ at intersection of FM 1/Lower Albert Road (mile 63.1).

 

Riders will pass through Lyndon B. Johnson State Park.  “LBJ” was the 36thpresident of the USA, serving from 1963 to 1969. He had previously served as vice president from 1961 to 1963 under President John F. Kennedy. After the assassination of “JFK” in 1963, LBJ became president.  He also served in the US House of Representatives and US Senate.  He was born on a ranch near Stonewall, Texas in 1908, passed away in 1973 and was buried in the Johnson Family Cemetery near Stonewall. 

 

There are limited opportunities to re-supply … one gas station/c-store (mile 57.8) in Stonewall. Be sure to carry enough food and fluids to sustain you.

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “LBJ Ramble”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named “Willow City LBJ Loop”.

 
 

B-1: Stonewall-Grape Creek Loop - Sunday, March 27, 2022

Distance:  55.1 miles

Elevation gain:  2,706 feet

 

This is a clockwise loop N and E of Fredericksburg.  1.5 miles (2.7%) are on state or federal highways.  Overall elevation gain is 49.1 ft./mile.  The entire route is on the Edwards Plateau, north of US 290.

 

Most of the route lies along the north edge of the Pedernales River drainage.  The elevation generally ranges from 1600 to 1800 feet.  Between mile 22 and 30 the route drops into the valley, crosses the Pedernales and returns to the north flank of the valley.  Ranches predominate.

 

The route is relatively flat – overall, less than 50 ft/mile.  There are no steep climbs.  There are 2 high points – both on the north flank of the Pedernales valley – 1870 ft (mile 4.7) and 1842 ft (mile 40.2). The low point is 1423 ft at the Pedernales River crossing.  

 

There are limited opportunities to re-supply … one gas station/c-store at the mid-point (mile 25.1) in Stonewall.  Be sure to carry enough food and fluids to sustain you.

Note: Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “Stonewalled”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named “Stonewall-Grape Creek Loop”.

C-1: Stonewall Loop - Sunday, March 27, 2022

Distance:  45.0 miles

Elevation gain:  2,111 feet

 

This is a clockwise loop N and E of Fredericksburg.  1.5 miles (3.3%) are on state or federal highways. Overall elevation gain is 46.9 ft./mile. The entire route is on the Edwards Plateau, north of US 290.

 

Most of the route lies along the north edge of the Pedernales River drainage.  The elevation generally ranges from 1600 to 1800 feet. Between mile 22 and 30 the route drops into the valley, crosses the Pedernales and returns to the north flank of the valley.  Ranches predominate.

 

The route is relatively flat – overall, 47 ft/mile.  There are no steep climbs.  The high point is 1870 ft (mile 4.7) and the low point is 1423 ft at the Pedernales River crossing.

 

There are limited opportunities to re-supply … one gas station/c-store at mile 25.1 in Stonewall. Be sure to carry enough food and fluids to sustain you.

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “Little Stonewall”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named named “Stonewall Loop”.

 

A-2: Camp Verde Loop - Monday, March 28, 2022

Distance:  90.1 miles

Elevation gain: 4,372 feet

 

This route is an elongated counterclockwise loop S and W of Fredericksburg.  Approximately 13.7 miles (15%) are on state or federal highways. Overall elevation gain is 48.5 ft./mile. This is a scenic ride across rolling Hill Country farm and ranch land with several moderate to steep climbs.

 

The route heads W out of Fredericksburg across gently rolling farm and ranch land. The first 20 miles of the route are within the Pedernales drainage on the Edwards Plateau. Between mile 15 and 22, the route gradually climbs out of the Pedernales drainage up onto the southern rim of the Edwards Plateau.  At mile 24 the route descends into the Guadalupe River drainage, across I-10 into Kerrville.

 

Between mile 27 and 72 the route lies within the Guadalupe River Valley. There are 2 easy climbs along the south flank of the Guadalupe Valley – the first along the Medina Highway, 200 ft beginning at approximately mile 36, followed by a descent along Turtle creek, and the second along Bandera highway, 200 ft at approximately mile 49, followed by  along Verde Creek.   After passing through Center point, there is a third climb mid-valley – 300 ft at about mile 60.

 

At approximately mile 67 the route begins its 500 ft. climb N out of the valley, crossing I-10 at mile 68.1 and reaching the rim of the Edwards Plateau at mile 73.3. From here the route gradually descends back into the Pedernales drainage and on  to Fredericksburg. 

 

The high point on the route is 2,094 ft at the southern edge of the Edwards Plateau (mile 22.3). Low point on the route is 1,478 ft at the Guadalupe River Crossing in Center Point (mile 59.4).

 

The first gas station/c-store is immediately after crossing over I-10 at mile 28.9. There are others in Kerrville (mile 32.4 and mile 35.0) and Center point (mile 53.2 to mile 59.7). There are none after Center Point.  It’s 30+ miles with some steep climbing back to Fredericksburg. Make sure you have plenty of fluids before departing Center Point.

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “Going to Camp (Verde)”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named “Camp Verde Loop”.

 

B-2: Kerrville-Center Point Loop - Monday, March 28, 2022

Distance:  75.3 miles

Elevation gain:  3,359 feet

 

This route is a counterclockwise loop S and W of Fredericksburg.  Approximately 6.8 miles (9%) are on state or federal highways. Overall elevation gain averages 44.6 ft./mile. This is a scenic ride across rolling Hill Country farm and ranch land with a couple of moderate to steep climbs.

 

The route heads W out of Fredericksburg across gently rolling farm and ranch land. The first 20 miles of the route are within the Pedernales drainage on the Edwards Plateau. Between mile 15 and 22, the route gradually climbs out of the Pedernales drainage up onto the southern rim of the Edwards Plateau.  At mile 24 the route descends into the Guadalupe River drainage, across I-10 into Kerrville.

 

Between mile 27 and 57 the route lies within the Guadalupe River Valley. The route follows the Guadalupe River downstream to Center Point.  Shortly after leaving Center Point heading N, at approximately mile 47, there is a mid-valley climb of approximately 300 ft, after which the route descend again to the valley floor.

 

At approximately mile 54 the route begins its 500 ft. climb N out of the valley, crossing I-10 at mile 53.4 and reaching the rim of the Edwards Plateau at mile 57.9. From here the route gradually descends back into the Pedernales drainage and on to Fredericksburg. 

 

The high point on the route is 2,094 ft at the southern edge of the Edwards Plateau (mile 22.3). Low point on the route is 1,478 ft at the Guadalupe River Crossing in Center Point (mile 44.3).

 

The first gas station/c-store is immediately after crossing over I-10 at mile 28.9. There are others in Kerrville (mile 32.4 and mile 35.0) and Center point (mile 44.5 to mile 44.9). There are none after Center Point.  It’s 30+ miles with some steep climbing back to Fredericksburg. Make sure you have plenty of fluids before departing Center Point.   

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “Take Me to the River”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named “Center Point Loop”.

 

C-2: Headwaters Loop - Monday, March 28, 2022

Distance:  47.0 miles

Elevation gain:  2,029 feet

 

This is an elongated clockwise loop W of Fredericksburg.  3.5 miles (7%) is on state or federal highways. Overall elevation gain averages 43.2 ft./mile. Most all of the route lies within the Pedernales drainage on the Edwards Plateau.

 

The route heads W out of Fredericksburg, gradually climbing to 2,131 ft. at mile 23 on the south rim of the Plateau, where it turns N and descends back into the Pedernales drainage.

 

The route derives its name from the fact it lies near the headwaters of the Pedernales River.

 

The route is generally very flat farm and ranch land. There are no steep climbs. The high point on the route is 2,134 ft. at mile 23.0 and the low point on the route is 1,627 ft. at mile 5.8.

 

There are no opportunities to re-supply … no gas stations/c-stores.  Be sure to carry enough food and fluids to sustain you.

   

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “The Headwaters Tour”.  The original route has  been retained but re-named “Headwaters Loop”.

 

A-3: Mountain Home Loop - Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Distance:  100.6 miles

Elevation gain:  5,400 feet

 

This ride is a counterclockwise loop W of Fredericksburg to Mountain Home, SE to Kerrville and NE back to Fredericksburg. 24.5 miles are on state and federal highways. Overall elevation gain averages 53.7 ft./mile. That is substantially above average. The northern portion of the route is on the Edwards Plateau and the southern portion is in the Guadalupe River Valley.

 

Leaving Fredericks burg riders will gradually climb out of the Pedernales drainage up onto the south rim of the Plateau, the high point on the route – 2,246 ft. at mile 37.2. Riders will then cross I-10, pass through Mountain Home and gradually descend into the Guadalupe River drainage, entering Ingram and crossing the Guadalupe mile 58.8. There are a couple short, relatively steep climbs (mile 60.5 and 62.9) out of the valley, then a descent back into the valley, enter Kerrville and crossing the Guadalupe River again at mile 68.1.

 

The Guadalupe River drops 70 ft. between Ingram and Kerrville.  The low point on the route is 1,600 ft. at the Guadalupe River crossing in Kerrville at mile 68.1. Riders will pass though Kerrville and begin climbing out of the valley, crossing back over I-10, and continuing climbing back up onto the Edwards Plateau.  This route has a fair amount of climbing.

 

The high point on the climb out is 2,092 ft. at mile 79.0. There they begin a gradual descent into the Pedernales drainage through gently rolling farm and ranch land into Fredericksburg.

 

There are gas stations/c-stores conveniently placed at mile 24.5, 58.2 and 72.3. There are others as well in Kerrville.

   

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “Mountain Home and Away”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named “Mountain Home Loop”.

 

B-3: Klein Branch Loop - Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Distance:  73.1 miles

Elevation gain:  3,592 feet

 

This ride is an elongated E-W  counterclockwise loop W of Fredericksburg.  There are 11 miles (15%) on state or federal highways. Overall elevation gain averages 49.1 ft./mile. Most all of the route is characterized by gently rolling farm and ranch land.

 

The route lies entirely on the Edwards Plateau.  Most of the route S of US 290 lies within the Pedernales River drainage. The headwaters of the Pedernales can be found in pastureland west of Harper.  FM 2093 from Harper back to Fredericksburg parallels the Pedernales.

 

The high point on the route is 2,277 ft. at mile 41.0 along FM 479 on the westernmost portion of the route. The low point on the route is 1,638 ft. at mile 70.2 where FM 2093 crosses Live Oak Creek just outside the Fredericksburg city limits.

 

There are 2 opportunities to re-supply …  both at Dauna’s Store in Harper, mile 27.7 outbound and mile 48.8 inbound.

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “Reservations in Harper”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named “Klein Branch Loop”.

 

C-3: Harper Loop - Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Distance:  52.1 miles

Elevation gain:  2,731 feet

This ride is an elongated E-W counterclockwise loop W of Fredericksburg.  This is the same as the C-3 Klein Branch Loop, but without the 21.1 mile “Klein Branch” loop west of Harper. There are 7.5 miles (14%) on state or federal highways. Overall elevation gain averages 52.4 ft./mile.

Basically, the route goes out to Harper and returns to Fredericksburg.  The route is characterized by gently rolling farm and ranch land. The route lies entirely on the Edwards Plateau.  All of the route S of US 290 lies within the Pedernales River drainage. FM 2093 from Harper back to Fredericksburg parallels the Pedernales.

The high point on the route is 2,181 ft. at mile 20.1 along Old Harper Rd north of US 290. The low point on the route is 1,638 ft. at mile 70.2 where FM 2093 crosses Live Oak Creek just outside the city limits of Fredericksburg.

There is a single point of re-supply, Dauna’s Store in Harper, located at mile 27.7, the turn-around point for the ride.

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “Reservations in Harper”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named “Harper Loop”.

 

A-4: Cain City-Luckenbach Loop - Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Distance:  62.7 miles

Elevation gain:  2,944 feet

 

Wednesday is “Ride to Luckenbach Day”.  All 3 rides – A, B and C – head to Luckenbach, each by a different route.

 

This ride is a counterclockwise loop W and S out of Fredericksburg to Morris Ranch, E to Luckenbach, N and W back to Fredericksburg. There are 6.1 miles (9.7%) on state and federal highways. Overall elevation gain averages 47.0 ft./mile.

 

Riders never leave the Edwards Plateau. The route passes across gently rolling farm and ranch land. The Pedernales River is crossed twice (mile 17.3 and mile 42.2).  

 

The high point on the route is 1,964 ft. at mile 24.1 and the low point is 1,468 ft. at mile 42.2. There is not a great deal of climbing.

 

The highlight of the day is world famous Luckenbach.  In 1849 Albert Luckenbach established an Indian trading post on Grape Creek. His family and other German immigrants settled along Grape Creek in the 1850s. August Engel established the post office in 1886 under the name Luckenbach.  Humorist and writer, John Russell Crouch, born in Hondo, Texas, bought the town in 1971. “Hondo” Crouch presided over the town as mayor and began promoting the town as an alternative to modern urban lifestyle. The town’s motto was, “Everybody’s Somebody in Luckenbach.”  In 1977 Bobby Emmons and Chips Moman wrote a song about Luckenbach, “Let’s Go To Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)”. The song was recorded by Waylon Jennings and promptly went to the top of the charts. And the rest is history, so to speak.

 

There are no gas stations/c-stores on this route.  The idea is to ride to Luckenbach – have fun – ride back.

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “Limbo in Luckenbach”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named “Cain City-Luckenbach  Loop”.

 

B-4: Grapetown-Luckenbach Loop - Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Distance:  45.9 miles

Elevation gain:  1,939 feet

 

Wednesday is “Ride to Luckenbach Day”.  All 3 rides – A, B and C – head to Luckenbach, each by a different route.

 

This ride is a counterclockwise loop W and S out of Fredericksburg, E to Grapetown and Luckenbach, N and W back to Fredericksburg.  There are 1.7 miles (3.7%) on state and federal highways. Overall elevation gain averages 42.2 ft./mile.

 

Riders never leave the Edwards Plateau. The route passes across gently rolling farm and ranch land. The Pedernales River is crossed twice (mile 8.0 and mile 32.2).  

 

The high point on the route is 2,070 ft. at mile 16.1 and the low point is 1,468 ft. at mile 32.2. There is very little climbing.

 

The highlight of the day is world famous Luckenbach.  In 1849 Albert Luckenbach established an Indian trading post on Grape Creek. His family and other German immigrants settled along Grape Creek in the 1850s. August Engel established the post office in 1886 under the name Luckenbach. Humorist and writer, John Russell Crouch, born in Hondo, Texas, bought the town in 1971. “Hondo” Crouch presided over the town as mayor and began promoting the town as an alternative to modern urban lifestyle. The town’s motto was, “Everybody’s Somebody in Luckenbach.”  In 1977 Bobby Emmons and Chips Moman wrote a song about Luckenbach, “Let’s Go To Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)”. The song was recorded by Waylon Jennings and promptly went to the top of the charts. And the rest is history, so to speak.

 

There are no gas stations/c-stores on this route.  The idea is to ride to Luckenbach – have fun – ride back.

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “Luckenbach and Back”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named “Grapetown-Luckenbach  Loop”.

 

C-4: Muesebach-Luckenbach Loop - Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Distance:  35.0 miles

Elevation gain:  1,274 feet

 

Wednesday is “Ride to Luckenbach Day”.  All 3 rides – A, B and C – head to Luckenback, each by a different route.

 

This ride is a counterclockwise loop S out of Fredericksburg, E on Muesebach Rd, Old San Antonio Rd and FM 1376 to Luckenbach, and N and W back to Fredericksburg.  There are 2.2 miles (6.3%) on state and federal highways. Overall elevation gain averages 36.4 ft./mile – the lowest of all the TXHWK rides.

 

Riders never leave the Edwards Plateau. The route passes across gently rolling farm and ranch land. The Pedernales River is crossed twice (mile 3.6 and mile 21.3).  

 

The high point on the route is 1,785 ft. at mile 13.4 and the low point is 1,468 ft. at mile 21.3. There are very few hills.

 

The highlight of the day is world famous Luckenbach.  In 1849 Albert Luckenbach established an Indian trading post on Grape Creek. His family and other German immigrants settled along Grape Creek in the 1850s. August Engel established the post office in 1886 under the name Luckenbach. Humorist and writer, John Russell Crouch, born in Hondo, Texas, bought the town in 1971. “Hondo” Crouch presided over the town as mayor and began promoting the town as an alternative to modern urban lifestyle. The town’s motto was, “Everybody’s Somebody in Luckenbach.”  In 1977 Bobby Emmons and Chips Moman wrote a song about Luckenbach, “Let’s Go To Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)”. The song was recorded by Waylon Jennings and promptly went to the top of the charts. And the rest is history, so to speak.

 

There are no gas stations/c-stores on this route.  The idea is to ride to Luckenbach – have fun – ride back.

   

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “Luckenbach and Back”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named “Grapetown-Luckenbach  Loop”.

 

A-5: Center Point-Waring-Welfare Loop - Thursday, March 31, 2022

Distance:  91.9 miles

Elevation gain: 5,217 feet

 

This route is a counterclockwise, elongated N-S loop.  Riders depart Fredericksburg heading S, cross I-10 heading SW into Center Point, E toward Comfort and SE parallel to I-10. They cross I-10 and head back N through Welfare and Waring to Fredericksburg. There are 4.3 miles (4.7%) on state and federal highways. Overall elevation gain averages 56.8 ft./mile – the highest of all the TXHWK rides.

 

The northern portion of the route is on the Edwards Plateau and the southern portion is in the Guadalupe River Valley. Riders gradually ascend to the southern rim of the Plateau, reaching the high point of the ride (2,045 ft. at mile 17.5), after which they begin the descent into the Valley. 

 

Shortly after crossing I-10, riders will pass by the Historic Cypress Creek School and begin the first of mid-valley climbs. After topping out at 1,816 ft. at mile 26.9, the route descends into Comfort. There are 2 more short climbs, topping out at 1,766 ft. at mile 44.1 ft. and 1,760 ft. at mile 45.5, after which the route parallels I-10 SE. Riders cross I-10 at mile 54.1 and head north, passing through Welfare to picturesque Waring.  Leaving Waring, the route crosses the Guadalupe River and passes through a mature stand of cypress - this may be the most beautiful spot in the entire Texas Hill Country. The river crossing is the low point on the route – 1,288 ft. at mile 61.2.

 

After riders turn onto Old #9/Old San Antonio Rd, they begin a gradual ascent out of the Guadalupe Valley back up onto the Edwards Plateau, passing by Old Tunnel State Park and the Alamo Springs Café (voted “Best Burger in Texas” … and it is very good!),  gradually descending into the Pedernales drainage and on to Fredericksburg. 

 

There are several gas stations/c-stores in Center Point (mile 31.1 to mile 31.7). This ride has a substantial amount of climbing. Be sure to carry enough food and fluids to sustain you, particularly when climbing up out of the Valley.

 

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “Comfort Zone”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named “Center Point-Waring-Welfare Loop”.

 

B-5: Center Point Loop - Thursday, March 31, 2022

Distance:  75.8 miles

Elevation gain:  3,858 feet

 

This ride is, basically, an “out-and-back” with a 30-mile loop between the out and back legs … looks like an upside down lollipop on the map. The route heads S out of Fredericksburg, crosses the Pedernales River, heads down Center Point Rd, crosses I-10, makes a loop SW to Center Point, NW up the Guadalupe River Valley, just short of Kerrville heads NE and SE parallel to I-10, and crosses I-10 and heads back north to Fredericksburg.

 

There are 7.5 miles (9.9%) on state and federal highways. Overall elevation gain averages 50.9 ft./mile – a bit above average. 

 

The route drops off the Edwards Plateau at mile 18.0. There are 2 mid-valley climbs, the first occurs at the beginning of the loop at mile 25, and the second, a more gradual ascent, begins just outside Kerrville at mile 40. The route crosses I-10 at mile 53.9 and climbs out of the Valley back up onto the Plateau topping out at mile 59.0. From there it is a gradual descent into the Pedernales drainage and into Fredericksburg.

 

The high point on the route is 2,056’ at mile 17.6 southbound and mile 59.0 northbound.  The low point on the route is adjacent to the Guadalupe River in center point at 1,485’ at mile 32.1.

 

There are 2 Gas station/C-stores, both in the Guadalupe Valley – Shell Gas Station/C-Store in Center point at mile 31.3 and Stripes Gas Station/C-Store in Kerrville at mile 40.1. Be sure to carry enough food and fluids to sustain you, particularly when climbing up out of the Valley.

   

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “Center of it All”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named “Center Point Loop”.

 

C-5: Bear Creek-Morris Ranch Loop - Thursday, March 31, 2022

Distance:  42.4 miles

Elevation gain:  1,926 feet

 

This route is a “figure 8” – the first is a 20-mile counterclockwise loop S of Fredericksburg and the second a 20-mile clockwise loop SW of Fredericksburg,  There is a 0.8 mile stretch on SH 16 shared by both loops. There are 9.5 miles (22%) on state or federal highways. Overall elevation gain averages 45.4 ft./mile. 

 

The route lies entirely on the Edwards Plateau, all of which is within the Pedernales River drainage. On the south loop the high point is 1,962 ft. at mile 14.0 and the low point 1,583 ft. at mile 19.8. On the southwest loop he high point is 1,897 ft. at mile 31.6 and the low point is 1,603 ft. at mile 23.2.

 

This route is typical rolling Hill Country farm and ranch land. The route is relatively flat. There are no steep climbs.

There are no opportunities to re-supply.  Be sure to carry enough food and fluids to sustain you.   

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “The Bear Trurh”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named “Bear Creek-Morris Ranch Loop”.

 

A-6: Sisterdale-Kendalia-Blanco Loop - Friday, April 1, 2022

Distance:  95.5 miles

Elevation gain: 5,014 feet

 

This ride is a counterclockwise loop SE of Fredericksburg. The route heads SE to Sisterdale, E to Kendalia, NE to Blanco and NW back to Fredericksburg.  There are 1.4 miles (1.5%) on state and federal highways. Overall elevation gain averages 52.5 ft./mile.

 

The northern portion of the route is on the Edwards Plateau and the southern portion in the Guadalupe River drainage. There are 2 high points on the route. The first occurs as the route crests at the SE rim of the Edwards Plateau - 1,948 ft. at mile 20.3. The second occurs after having left the Guadalupe drainage as the route crests out at 1,844 ft. at mile 67.4.

 

This route takes riders to the easternmost point on the Texas Hell Week rides – mile 57.1 on Main Street in Blanco.

 

There are a number of opportunities to re-supply along this route, including the Luckenbach Store (mile 13.3, Kendalia General Store (mile 43.5), Valero Gas/CJ’s Food Plaza in Blanco (mile 56.9) and the Chevron Gas/C-Store in Stonewall (mile77.1). There are others as well.

 

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “The Kendalia Kaper”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named “Sisterdale-Kendalia-Blanco Loop”.

 

B-6 Sisterdale Loop - Friday, April 1, 2022

Distance:  64.4 miles

Elevation gain:  3,137 feet

 

This route is an elongated N-S counterclockwise loop S of Fredericksburg.  Only 3.3 miles (5%) are on state or federal highways. Overall elevation gain averages 48.7 ft./mile.

 

The northern half of the route is on the Edwards Plateau and the southern half is in the Guadalupe River Valley. The route tops out at 1,942 ft. at mile 20.4 before plunging into the Valley.  The low point is 1,275 ft. at mile 30.1 in Sisterdale. Leaving the Valley, the route tops out at 1,901 ft. at mile 46.0, although there is a second high point a bit further along the road, at 1,932 Ft. at mile 50.7.

 

This route passes by all the “tourist” stops in this part of the Hill Country – Luckenbach (town motto “Where Everybody’s Somebody”)(mile 13.3), Sisterdale Winery (mile 30.1), Cartoon Saloon (mile 37.6), Old Tunnel State Park and Alamo Springs Café (voted the “Best Burger in Texas”) (mile 45.9), Bankersmith Post Office, Cowboy Church and Bar (mile 48.6).

 

There are no opportunities to re-supply between mile 13.3 and mile 45.9.  Be sure to carry enough food and fluids to sustain you.

   

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “Wine and #9”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named “Sisterdale Loop”.

 
 

C-6: Hayden Ranch Loop - Friday, April 1, 2022

Distance:  45.9 miles

Elevation gain:  2,103 feet

 

This route is an elongated NW-SE oriented clockwise loop just south of Fredericksburg.  3.9 miles (8.5%) are on state or federal highways. Overall elevation gain averages 45.8 ft./mile.

 

The route heads E from Fredericksburg, S to Luckenbach, SW to Grapetown, NW to Hayden Ranch Rd, and N and E back to Fredericksburg. The entire route is on the Edwards Plateau, most all of it within the Pedernales drainage. The high point is 1,931 ft. at mile 20.3 and the low point is 1,510 ft. at the Pedernales River Crossing at mile 6.9. Overall climbing is about average at 45.8 ft./mile. There are no steep climbs.

 

The route passes by both the Shell Gas/Stagecoach C-Store (mile 9.0) and Luckenbach (mile 13.3) but for the remaining 30+ miles there are no opportunities to re-supply.  So, be sure to carry enough food and fluids to sustain you.

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “Hayden Ranch Ramble”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named “Hayden Ranch Loop”.

A-7: Waring-Comfort Loop - Saturday, April 2, 2022

Distance:  98.1 miles

Elevation gain: 4,790 feet

 

This route is a clockwise loop S of Fredericksburg. The route follows Old San Antonio Road S past Bankersmith (mile 21.0), Old Tunnel State Park and Alamo Springs Café (mile 23.7). The route heads SE through Cain City, S then E to Sisterdale, W through Waring to Comfort, then parallels I-10 WNW to Kerrville, and then NE back to Fredericksburg.

 

There are 2.0 miles (2.0%) on state and federal highways. Overall elevation gain averages 48.8 ft./mile – a bit above average.

 

The northern portion of the route is on the Edwards Plateau and the southern portion in the Guadalupe River Valley. There is a double high point 1,932’ at mile 18.9 and 1,907’ at mile 23.7 before dropping off the Edwards Plateau into the Guadalupe drainage. The low point is at the Guadalupe River Crossing -1,271 ft. at mile 38.4 – just before entering Waring. This section of the Guadalupe, with a beautiful stand of cypress is idyllic, arguably the most beautiful spot in the Texas Hill Country.  Leaving Kerrville the route crosses I-10 and climbs out of the Guadalupe Valley, topping out on the rim of the Edwards Plateau at 2,092 ft. at mile 76.5 before gradually descending into the Pedernales drainage and back to Fredericksburg. 

 

Waring is a classic small Hill Country town with well-preserved historic buildings - Texaco Gas, Waring General Store, school house and church.

 

From Comfort through Kerrville there are several opportunities to re-supply. There are 2 gas stations/c-stores and a market in Comfort between mile 47.4 and 47.5 and there are 2 gas station/c-stores in Kerrville (mile 66.4 and mile 69.9). There are no opportunities to re-supply after crossing I-10 on the way N out of the Valley. Be sure to carry enough food and fluids for the 28-mile ride back into Fredericksburg.

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “Southern Comfort”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named “Kerrville-Comfort  Loop”.

 

B-7: Old Tunnel State Park Loop - Saturday, April 2, 2022

Distance:  50.9 miles

Elevation gain:  2,097 feet

 

This route is a counter clockwise loop S of Fredericksburg. Mid-way through the loop there is a short “down-and-back” to Old Tunnel State Park.  There are 2.2 miles (4.3%) on state or federal highways. Overall elevation gain averages 41.2 ft./mile – substantially below average.

 

The route heads W out of Fredericksburg, S Morris Ranch, E to Cain City, S through Grapetown to Old Tunnel State Park where it turns around and heads back to Grapetown, E to Luckenbach and the N and W back to Fredericksburg.

 

This is a scenic ride across rolling Hill Country farm and ranch land.  The ride is relatively flat – there are no steep climbs.

 

There is a double high point – one at 1,939 ft. between Cain City and Grapetown at at mile 18.9, and another at Old Tunnel State Park at 1,901 ft. at mile 23.7.

 

There are limited opportunities to re-supply.  There are no gas stations/c-stores.  But the Luckenbach Store at mile 32.4 should be a good re-supply point.  Be sure to carry enough food and fluids to sustain you.   

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “Tunnelbach”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named “Old Tunnel State Park Loop”.

 

C-7: River Road-Old Tunnel loop - Saturday, April 2, 2022

Distance:  42.2 miles

Elevation gain:  1,906 feet

 

This route is basically an “out-and-back” to Old Tunnel State Park. The route is entirely within the Pedernales River drainage on the Edwards Plateau. There are 4.3 miles (10%) on state or federal highways. Overall elevation gain is 45.2 ft./mile – about average.

 

The route heads W and S out of Fredericksburg, crossing the Pedernales River at Old Kerr Highway, then following River Rd  E along the Pedernales River, then S and E to Old San Antonio Rd and S to Old Tunnel State Park. At this point riders will reverse the route back to River Road, this time crossing the Pedernales at Boos lane and heading N back into Fredericksburg.

There are 3 high points on the course, all near the southern terminus of the route as riders approach the south rim of the Edwards Plateau.  The first is 1,932 ft. at mile 18.9. The second is 1,907 ft. at Old Tunnel State Park, mile 23.7. The third is at the same as the first, but on the inbound leg at mile 28.5.

There are no opportunities to re-supply on this route.  Be sure to carry enough food and fluids to sustain you.   

Note:  Original route was developed by Nick Gerlich and named “Tunnel Vision”.  The original route has been modified by Fred Boethling and re-named “River Road-Old Tunnel Loop”.