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Old 04-13-10, 11:07 AM
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Looking for Hills in/around Dallas

Anyone know of a fairly big hill or group of hills in or around the Dallas area that are good for cycling with little to no car traffic? I'd like to train on it...Thx
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The question has come up before with no really good answer. I think the problem is that the further you're willing to go, the better the hills you can find.

There's some fair hills right close to White Rock Lake, though my normal route around the lake misses them all.
There's a pretty good ridge that you cross on I-20 down south of Dallas, and that ridge continues south, but I haven't biked down there, either.
One of the charity rides has what's supposed to be some good hills up around Trenton- the Three Sisters or something like that. I don't think I've ridden over them, or if so, they weren't impressive.
I've seen a post where somebody talked about some steep hills on the west side of Fort Worth, if that's not too far.
The Beauty and the Beast route has a good hill near Mt. Selmon.
Our latest brevet had a good downhill north of St. Jo, even had the "Steep hill" sign for trucks. I think the Mt. Selmon hill might also.
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Old 04-14-10, 09:39 AM
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You can take a Saturday and come out west and find plenty of 40+mph hills.

Cherry Pie Hill goes south out of Palo Pinto.

The "Three Amigos" are north of Mineral Wells on 337.

Also, Hwy 16 on the east side of Possum Kingdom lake will give you a hill or two to climb.
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There are some decent hills in Northeast Dallas between Audelia and Plano Road. Not necessarily long, but some decent steepness. Also, there are several good climbs in Rockwall between Lake Ray Hubbard and Ridge Road. It may be difficult to build into a route though, as many of them dead-end into the lake. Definitely good for hill-repeats, though.
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You want hills? Come to the Ride for Heroes in Aledo, just west of Fort Worth, this Saturday. Our club regularly rides out in Aledo just for the hills.
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Originally Posted by JMallez View Post
Anyone know of a fairly big hill or group of hills in or around the Dallas area that are good for cycling with little to no car traffic? I'd like to train on it...Thx

Define "big hill". For Dallas there are a few hills longer than a city block but not much else. Flagpole Hill, just north of White Rock Lake can be turned into a loop. Traffic is light except from 5-6:30 on weekdays.

Loving Lane on the south side of White Rock is another. There are a few other streets in that neighborhood with block long hills too. Nothing to really grind away at but they are close and easy to access.
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yep, how far are you willing to drive, and how big do you need?

local / within the city, White Rock area is pretty big

suburban, SW of town, Joe Pool Lake area has the escarpment, nice hill. Also a few here and there in other parts of town

driving an hour or so, go West of Fort Worth (consult google maps, use the 'terrain' button)

driving 2-4 hours, go North on 75 to Oklahoma (google "Talimena Scenic Byway")

4+ hours, you got the TX hill country, or Arkansas.
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Plano: Windhaven and Plano Parkway is a decent set of hill repeats. You can link it all together in several ways but none of them are that steep (Windhaven is 6%) or long. Still, it can be enjoyable.
If you can get North further (by bike of course) you can hit some good hills in Muenster and Bonham.
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Great posts! Will try to bike on some of these hills soon, white rock I can do easily, I live slightly off the trail, but I've just never explored the side roads. Was really looking for something either short and steep enough for a good set of repeats or something long enough for a good burn.

Encountered a decent size hill a few days ago biking from N Dallas to Joe Pool lake. On Mountain Creek Pkwy/W Illinois Ave near the intersection of 12/408, close to mountain creek lake and DBU.
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Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
You want hills? Come to the Ride for Heroes in Aledo, just west of Fort Worth, this Saturday. Our club regularly rides out in Aledo just for the hills.
I need to check-in here more often. I'm sorry I missed this event, but thanks for the route information. Tomorrow I'll try to get out that way.
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There are lots of hills in Keller, Roanoke and Trophy Club areas (Neighborhoods off of Bearcreek Parkway and "Elaine" in Keller, Indian Creek pkwy in Trophy Club. There are also some nice hills in the Benbrook, Aledo, Iona areas too (1137). There are some nice hilly routes around and near White Rock Lake (Loving, Shook, Lakeshore roads).
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I live right off of White Rock Lake. When you get to Winsted (going clockwise around the lake), take a left on Loving and then take a right on the road right before Gaston Ave, (called Gaston Pkwy) then take White Rock Lake to Westshore back to Shook and take a left, follow Shook to the top of the hill and go right at Auburn which veers right and turns into Pasedena, to the stop sign take a left on Westshore again climb up to Lakewood Dr, take a right... go all the way back to Winsted. Repeat as needed. :-)

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Great posts! Will try to bike on some of these hills soon, white rock I can do easily, I live slightly off the trail, but I've just never explored the side roads. Was really looking for something either short and steep enough for a good set of repeats or something long enough for a good burn.

Encountered a decent size hill a few days ago biking from N Dallas to Joe Pool lake. On Mountain Creek Pkwy/W Illinois Ave near the intersection of 12/408, close to mountain creek lake and DBU.
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Originally Posted by JMallez View Post
Encountered a decent size hill a few days ago biking from N Dallas to Joe Pool lake. On Mountain Creek Pkwy/W Illinois Ave near the intersection of 12/408, close to mountain creek lake and DBU.
In that same area, either south or east from the intersection of Mountain Creek Parkway and W. Camp Wisdom Road goes up. The climb from Mountain Creek Parkway up to the Dallas Baptist University campus is pretty good.

Oak Cliff has some hills. Just west of the Dallas Methodist Medical Center is a little street - hmmm, is it Junior Dr? - that might be the steepest in Dallas. Short, though.

Not so far from my house in Plano is Rollins Drive west of Alma. Short.
East side: to the southwest of Park and Shiloh is hilly - well, for Plano.
The multi-story parking garages near Baccus Cemetary and the million dollar fountain are pretty good, but I guess if a bunch of cyclists start riding up them bikes will be banned. The ramp from the ground to the second level in the garage just north of Legacy Books is particularly nasty.

In Allen there's Boyle Parkway/Julet Drive. Also short.

Further afield, out of Evant there's a quasi-century loop that goes over Gholson Gap, Wagonner Gap, Lee Gap, Castle Gap, Payne Gap, Fletchers Gap and Live Oak Gap.

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I was talking to one of the guys on a recent ride. He says Cherry Pie Hill out on the other side of Mineral Wells, for one. I went down it on that ride and it just goes forever, seems like- winding road, too. He said per topo maps, that should be about 350'. Then he said there was one on Camp Wisdom Road that was like 201'. And used to be one on Illinois Road in that area, but they reworked the road, so it's less of a hill now.
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Originally Posted by Monoborracho View Post
Cherry Pie Hill goes south out of Palo Pinto.
Ah, the "widow-maker". A ride starting in Santo and going to Palo Pinto is gently uphill most of the way and adds the nice climb below the Palo Pinto Reservoir dam to Cherry Pie Hill.

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The Canyon Creek area of Richardson (West of 75 between Campbell and Renner) has some good hills on Custer between Lookout and Campbell, on Collins Drive and on Renner. The PBA uses the area for rides quite a bit.
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Come south a little bit. Lots of hills and nice roads between Granbury/Glen Rose/Stephenville/Lipan. There is usually a nice group ride out of Glen Rose on Saturday and Sunday.
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Start in Mineral Wells, go to Tolar, to Glen Rose, To Meridian, to Cranfill's gap, to Hico, to Dublin, to Gordon, to Palo Pinto, and then North to the river and climb up the back side of the 3 amigos before returning to Mineral Wells. 255.5 miles and likely 15k of climbing. I did it a couple weeks ago
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Windhaven in Frisco I think it is has some good climbs.
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Originally Posted by ZXiMan View Post
I live right off of White Rock Lake. When you get to Winsted (going clockwise around the lake), take a left on Loving and then take a right on the road right before Gaston Ave, (called Gaston Pkwy) then take White Rock Lake to Westshore back to Shook and take a left, follow Shook to the top of the hill and go right at Auburn which veers right and turns into Pasedena, to the stop sign take a left on Westshore again climb up to Lakewood Dr, take a right... go all the way back to Winsted. Repeat as needed. :-)
Did the climbs around white rock a while back...if you zoom into the lower left section of my route at the lake you can seem them, and the elevation is with elevation correction enabled
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/30735600
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Bikin' Mike does hill-climbing training up in the Plano area. According to the website, the previous location was Heights Park in Richardson, current location is Austin Ranch area, if anyone cares to look those up.
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Austin Ranch area and Windhaven hill are one and the same. Just west of Dallas North Tollway.
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1. Mansfield Road/Beltline road on the south side of Joe Pool Lake- eastbound there is a long climb. Turn around and go west and it's 50mph.
2. Just south of there- Robin rd. leads to Summit Pl. If you ride Summit clockwise this is the steepest hill I've tried to climb on 2 wheels.
3. Also in this area, maybe farther south, there are lots of good hills here and there.

4. Along south loop 12 just north of Illinois- the service road is very steep both northbound and southbound. Southbound is a long steep uphill, then turn around at Illinois and go north, the downhill is the fastest I've been on. Good for 50+ mph.

5. I used to ride a loop in Irving with lots of short hills. I would turn onto northbound Story from Northgate, then turn right on Walnut Hill and follow it until it intersected with southbound 114 service road, follow that to Tom Braniff, then turn right on Northgate to complete the loop. Maybe 10 hills on that loop that you can jam up.
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The Rockwall area has some nice hills. Google the "Hot Rocks" ride they have in August and look at the routes. the two longer ones have some really nice hills. FM 552, FM 548 in Royse City & FM 550 are some good ones. Its only a half hour east of Dallas.
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