Pro Tips to Spider Mountain
Know Before You Go
Spider Mountain is located just outside Burnet, Texas, about an hour northwest of Austin. The bike park has a chairlift that rises 350 vertical feet. From the top, you have your choice of nine trails that bring you back to the bottom of the lift.
- Directions to Spider Mountain 200 Greenwood Hills Trail, Burnet, TX 78611
- The Chairlift: If you’ve never been on a chairlift before, approach the chairlift, let the lift operator know it’s your first time. They can assist you with hanging your bike on the hooks on the back of the chair. Sit down on the chair, lift your feet up slightly off the ground, and enjoy the ride. There’s a safety bar you can pull down, just be sure to pull it up as you approach the upper lift station. To disembark, simply step off the lift and walk forward, a lift operator will pull off your bike and hand it to you. Move away from the platform quickly and be aware of your surroundings as the chairlift is constantly moving.
- If you’re new to downhill mountain biking, YouTube has an array of excellent videos to help you learn techniques. Watch and ride on a flat surface before coming to Spider to prepare for your trip.
- Beginner Trail: Itsy-Bitsy. Our trails are rated the way ski slopes are rated. Green for Easy, Blue for Intermediate, Black and Double Black for Advanced. If you’ve never mountain biked on a downhill course, Itsy-Bitsy is the best place to start.
- Amenities: Spider Mountain doesn’t have a restaurant on-site, most people bring food and tailgate from their vehicles, and there is a food truck on the weekends. The resort supplies water at the base, and drinks are available for purchase in the ticket office, and a quick 5 minute spin down the road at Thunderbird Lodge at Spider Mountain, where a small store offers sundries, sodas, energy drinks, and snacks.
- Planning to stay for the weekend and ride? Affordable cabins are available for rent at Thunderbird Lodge at Spider Mountain, and Spider Mountain offers primitive camping onsite for $10 at the base of the mountain.