September 18, 2018
For whatever reason reason, even though I've been in North Texas for years, I just now got around to trying out Big Cedar. First the bad... I echo other comments regarding lack of signage. I didn't have enough time to explore the entire trail system because I did get lost and wound up riding some loop sections more than once. Sometimes in the opposite direction, and didn't really know which direction was the right way. Having real-time GPS mapping didn't help much due to the many cutoffs, short cuts, unofficial cuts, etc. I came across 4 other riders... one broke down, and three others that were also lost. I'm sure the regulars know their way around, but it's tough for first timers or casual riders. That may be on purpose. :) As also mentioned by others, some of the man made technical features (TTF's) are not in the best of shape. A couple of ramps I went over didn't feel very solid. There are some pretty significant man made TTF's (for North Texas), but considering the questionable condition of the couple I crossed, along with my unfamiliarity of their general condition, I didn't traverse them. But more man made TTF's here than any other North Texas trail by far. Now the good... hand cut single track with a good share of climbing with switchbacks and descending, at least on the loops I rode. More than enough hard pack, roots and rocks of varying size to make for a good ride. While much of what I encountered was thickly wooded, I did come across a lengthy section that was wide open, with no technical features and a long gradual climb one way, and back down the other. Although a little boring, it did add diversity. If the man made TTF's were in better shape, they would really add to the ride, just not for the beginner, or even intermediate, rider.