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on 3/8/14 by mtbark
 
  
Cedar Glades Trail
Avg Rating: (4.54 out of 5) 13 trail reviews
Difficulty: Intermediate bike trail - Intermediate
Length: 5 miles Global Rank: #246
Tread: Singletrack Configuration: Loop
Ridden: 53 Wishlist: 36
6 trail check-ins Climb // Descend
+1,200 // -1,100 feet
Average Speed: 5.1 mph Average Time: 2hr 29min
 
 
 
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Description
Newest member of the Ouachita area trails. It was built by Hot Springs Bicycle Assoc. after Water Works trails was closed due to the terrorist attack on 9/11. The trail is very wel maintained and manicured by the HSBA so it is always a pleasure to ride. The trail itself is very smooth not really rocky or technical of a trail but still a lot of fun to ride. There is only one big climb here with swtichbacks that get you almost to the top. One thing I can say about the trail is that it has one of the fastest downhills around, its one of the things i look forward to when i get a chance to go over there. The rest of the trail meanders in and out of coves and small valleys with some tight areas of twists and turns along the way. A couple of small creek crossings and some nice open areas to get up some speed. There can be a few muddy spots after a rain but the HSBA is building some boardwalks over these areas. If you are in teh Hot Springs area take the time to ride this trail as I know you will be glad you did. (initially submitted by Kenny Davis)

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BajaWoody on August 18, 2013
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Review: This Coloradan is IMPRESSED!!! I spent yesterday morning on the Cedar Glades Trail System and was super impressed with having this great a trail right in Hot Springs. Well done to the trail makers. I'm always amazed at how much effort it must have taken to build such an indepth and expansive trail system.

I started out on the blue trail and it was a blast, fast and flowing, fun downhills with some switchbacks. Not too difficult up hills. Then went to the long and super fun black trail. It was more challenging, considerably longer with more climbing & decents, more roots and switchbacks. SUPER FUN!!!

Being from Colorado and having amazing trails all over the state, the cedar glades black trail in particular was fantastic and Colorado-worthy.

Well done Arkansas! This Ark native and 25 year Colorado MTB'er is IMPRESSED!!!

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wbyoung on July 4, 2013
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Review: Also - the trail is about 9-10 miles not 5.

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wbyoung on July 4, 2013
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Review: This trail has great flow & very fast. Kudos to HSBA!! I will definitely be back to ride again.

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DaddyMc123 on April 29, 2013
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Review: I rode it on a beautiful day in April 28,2013. Several important points... 1) Bring a map - there are NONE at the trailheads 2) It's over 10 miles of trails in total 3) If you go to the coordinates on this website, you're starting at trailhead "A" not "B" like I thought. Now... having said all that, this is an AWESOME 10 miles of AWESOMENESS! Did I say "AWESOME"? Loved the "Most difficult" section and got up to 21MPH on the downhill. I agree with the reviewer who said it seems to have more downhills than climbs. The climbs are very well executed using steady grades and switchbacks to manage energy consumption. I drove over 100 miles to take on this trail and will be back!

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bfletch1310 on September 15, 2012
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Review: I'm going to go with the crowd and give this an intermediate, but I have to say some of the inclines had me huffing and puffing. Great trail with great upkeep. Has a BMX track at the trailhead that was pretty fun to ride. Road this after a rain so it was a little slick but it was still a great ride. Had quite a few bridges, switchbacks, rocks, and roots. Learned a lesson on how slick roots can be after a shower. Will be back to ride this one again.

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cmbishop63@yahoo.com on September 7, 2012
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Review: Great singletrack, steep climbing, real long fast downhill part. I had a blast on this trail!

Similar Trail: Lovit

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mtbark on August 18, 2012
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Review: This is one of the best trails to ride on in the area. It is also one of the best flowing trails I have ridden. It is one of those trails that seems to go down hill more then up but this is not the case as there are a few little climbs on this trail. With only a few minor tricky spots this trail is not really all that technical. For more information go to www.mtbark.com

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sieverscm on March 26, 2012
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Review: Really fun to ride - great singletrack. Would ride more often if I lived closer.

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miketike on March 19, 2012
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Review: Rode all the loops of the system on 3/16/12. Three major loops. Green - Beginner, Blue - Intermediate, Black - Advanced. Has a warm up loop and a few small loops mixed in. Overall I'd say 10-13 Miles of trails. Very well maintained. Advanced loop had some great switchbacks. Excellent views and a short drive from Lake Ouachita State Park.

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bryanpin on March 21, 2011
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Review: One of my very favorite trails! Two great loops, one 3.8 or so, one 4.5 or so. lots of great climbs. better downhills, super fun turns, berms, jumps,.....Cedar Glades gets an A++ for trail design, Flow, and workout quality. There is now a fun log ride/ladder bridge on the bottom side of the golf course, next to Bull Bayou. There are some fun See-saws at the main park area. I prefer to start at the smaller park area...great access to both loops, a water fountain, and cool spot by the creek to cool off when it's hot after a ride!

Similar Trail: hmmm....it's kinds like Camp Preston Hunt (fun trail) in Texarkana, but better.

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goirish67 on December 4, 2009
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Review: We rode this as a warm up for the Womble Trail. Very nice ride in an outstanding park facility. They had the trail blown off of leaves as they had an event planned the next day. Nice climbs with tight switchbacks. Not too technical, but you still had to pay attention. One of the nicest downhills ever. Great fun and highly recommended.

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swill on July 22, 2009
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Review: This is one of the best singletrack trails in Arkansas. The trail has amazing flow with a few long downhill sections to really get you up to speed. Not very technical and almost any rider should enjoy.

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bmariani2 on May 25, 2009
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Review: This trail has expanded since 2007 to include 9.5 miles of singletrack. I would rate this between easy and intermediate depending where on the trail you are. It has a great flow for the most part with one section of very tight switch backs that take you to the top of one of the best downhills around. You can really build up some speed but don't let the tight turns catch you off guard.

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