Big Cedar Wilderness Trails

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.40 out of 5
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Intermediate
20.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,700 ft
↓ 2,600 ft
722
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
20 miles of singletrack loops. Well maintained without being overly invasive. On church owned property. Church has generously offered use of facilities for restroom/water. Waiver required to ride. Available at kiosk at trailhead or www.dorba2.com. Great views and boasts the highest elevation in Dallas.


Orange is a nice beginner loop winding through the trees.

White is the central loop that connects all the other loops. There are some very fast runs, moderately technical areas, and some serious climbs.

Blue is a short fast winding run down the hill, then the climb back up the main drive to the trailhead.

Yellow is the most technical loop with some dips connected by switchbacks.

Green is a nice easy loop with some mild dips and minimal climbing.

Red is for those who like to climb. Lots of climbing and lots of switchback climbs.

Near the trail head there is a downhill area for experts only. There is a ramp to a platform giving you what looks like a 7 or 8 foot drop into the trail. I haven't ridden this (yet).

There are some dirt jumps for BMXers.

They have also stacked some huge rocks for a trials area.



Something for everyone here. It's up to you how far you want to push yourself any given day.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: is this trail intended for bikes only? I'm not seeing any comments for running on this trail. -Guest

A: Yes

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Q: Is it open? -Guest

A: http://www.dorba.org will have the current openings and closings.

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Granny Gear

March 3, 2019
 
Review: Rode Big Cedar for the first time in many years on March 1, 2019. Was on of my favorites in the DFW area. Trail head in a new location which was deep in a neighborhood but it's clearly marked and has plenty of parking. Some trails needed some TLC with over growth. The pump track and large jumps are completely over taken by the woods now. Some wooden structures are sketchy with broken boards and some wobbled a bit. I still love the trails and you can spend hours out there. Super fun! Anywhere from smooth trails to technical.

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Gnarly


September 18, 2018
FredCook Gnarly  
 
Review: 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.

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Granny Gear

April 8, 2018
 
Review: The first time I came here, I rode with my friend and we ended up getting lost. The signage at the trail is not very good. We found an interesting downhill and dirt jump section. The bottom of the downhill had no signage as to where to go next and we had to wander around for a bit to find a trail. The second time I came here, I noticed the trail was different and some of the wooden features/ramps were in disrepair. Didn't get to ride the whole trail this time because my friend crashed and got hurt. Overall, there are much better trails in dfw that you could ride.

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Trailblazer

March 18, 2018
HoneyHam Trailblazer  
 
Review: ride NorthShore

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Granny Gear

October 1, 2017
 
Review: Went for the first time today. While there is quite a bit of signage, there are parts of the trail that seem to just end or split or cross other loops without clear directions. I got lost a few times and probably rode the wrong way a few other times. I never got into any kind of rhythm because I had to keep stopping to figure out where to go. I probably should have just stuck to the main "Ranger Loop" and avoided the inner loops all together. The free ride / downhill area was "interesting." Some of the jumps seemed to be in poor shape, others looked wildly fun for someone with a little more courage than me. Beware, when you get to the bottom, it's not clear at all where to go next. I finally found a trail to take me back up but not before wandering in waist high grass and brush for while. I don't want to get too down on this trail. There were some nice technical sections and some fast sections too. The high elevations (for Texas) is a nice change of pace. I'll try it again.

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Granny Gear

March 20, 2017
Mr_Conejo Granny Gear  
 
Review: Skip it, maybe I had bad luck but lots os trail sections were closed, the signs are a mess. The very few sections open were not fun at all. The only fun one was sxwx or something like that. If you are visiting you should better go to boulder park.

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Bunny Hop

October 12, 2016
Sboehm Bunny Hop  
 
Review: Absolutely the best trail in North Texas. Trails at the top of the mountain are excellent for new riders, while all the trails off Ranger are of different difficult levels. This system has it all: cross country, downhill, BMX, and pump track. Heard the trail is temporarily closed due to some issues with the land owners ... When it gets cleared up, this trail is definitely worth traveling for.

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Granny Gear

July 27, 2016
Robya420 Granny Gear  
 
Review: 5* big cedar is down right awesome!, for the amount of property it is on..love the rock gardens, good amount of technical climbs.. Shadow and Oscar have done great for a spot hidden away in dallas, and all the other folks who volunteer to keep the place up to par..really all trails are down right rad..
For what it is, i been riding here 3 years at this particular trail its a good azzkicker for xc folks..o yea, singletrack podcast is sweet while i sit at work

Similar Trail: Sansom

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Granny Gear

July 27, 2016
Robya420 Granny Gear  
 
Review: 5* big cedar is down right awesome!, for the amount of property it is on..love the rock gardens, good amount of technical climbs.. Shadow and Oscar have done great for a spot hidden away in dallas, and all the other folks who volunteer to keep the place up to par..really all trails are down right rad..
For what it is, i been riding here 3 years at this particular trail its a good azzkicker for xc folks..

Similar Trail: Sansom

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July 23, 2016
Guest   
 
Review: Big Cedar is a fantastic trail. It is the best maintained trail and has so many interconnecting loops that you can seemingly go forever.
I've only been 7-8 times but each time I find a new section to ride.
I come with my son and this has been one of the highlights of being a dad, watching my son learn and enjoy mountain biking. Being out here in God's creation with my son is a blessing.
Thanks to the church for the use of the land, Oscar (the trail master) and all those in DORBA that use and maintain this trail.

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