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04-03-09, 08:17 PM
I'm a liitle new to the area, and would like some opinions on you favorite MTB trail in the DFW area. I've rode Oak Cliff several times and Cedar Hill has been my home away from home. How are the other trails stacking up against these?
04-03-09, 09:21 PM
I don't do mountain biking, but in the past I have spent quite a bit of time walking out at the Rowlett Creek Preserve in Garland and on the Northshore Trail at Lake Grapevine. I'd suggest to just go explore the different trails and see. You might also check out the DORBA site, www.dorba.org (http://www.dorba.org), perhaps post on the forum there as well.
Boulder is also a great trail located in the South Dallas area, North shore in Grapevine is also a good trail but not so much on the weekend. I think all the trails have something to offer, all different in many ways, but fun.
04-05-09, 06:22 PM
Yea, Iv'e used the dorba site a little. But thought I might get a little more detailed info from the locals. I think I;m heade to boulder next, thanks guys.
DORBA is the locals, )Dallas off road bicycle assoc( All the off road trails that are legal are made, and maintained by DORBA. Expet a couple (and growing) on the west side and they are by our sister org, FWMBA.org.
04-05-09, 08:31 PM
Well, my perception of the two trails I mentioned- North Shore trail is long and has fairly pretty scenery (that being mainly the lake). It's single-track, out-and-back, and it looks like the biggest hazard is meeting other riders coming back at high speed. Generally, the trail is flat, level, fairly straight, with some kind of challenging spot every half mile or so. The trailhead parking can get congested at times.
Rowlett Creek Preserve is a series of winding loops. Most people go around these loops in the same direction (though it used to not be posted as such, maybe still isn't), so you don't meet many people head-on. Most of the loops don't really have any hard spots, other than bumping over 10,000 tree roots. However, down along Rowlett Creek, there are some big dips and rises, and on Loop 7, there are a few places where you could just fall off the trail. Generally, the hard spots also have bypasses, if you happen to notice them. The trails are very winding, and have many miles compressed into a relatively small space.
Hope that helps and bit, and have fun.
I'm not into those radical mtb stunts myself. I found the Oak Cliff trail to get kinda hairy, myself. How do you navigate that creek trail without breaking your neck?:twitchy: and that trail going over that giant fallen tree? I'm not knocking true mtb'ing, I'm just not cut out for it.
Since you asked, L.B. Houston up by Luna Rd is more my speed. I like dirt roads and trails, the Houston trail doesn't have any of the crazy obstacles. If you could negotiate the obstacles on the Oak Cliff trail, L.B. Houston wil be boring to you. The trees around the trail do give a tunnel effect to the trail. I like riding along the Trinity levee too but that is more endurance than stunt biking.
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