Erwin Park

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.06 out of 5
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Intermediate
8.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 600 ft
↓ 600 ft
646
elevation (ft)

Loop
Trail Description
About this trail
Erwin Park has an official trail head starting point. However, the trails make 2 loops from this point and didn't, in my opinion, come together too well. So, I recommend a different route. You can do the route either way depending on whether you want to do the easier sections first or do the harder sections first. The beginning of the harder section is actually a good warm up so I recommend the harder section first. If you do it this way, you will be riding in a clockwise direction. From the parking lot, ride directly into the trees that are immediately adjacent to the parking lot. It won't take you long to find the trails. Turn right and you're good to go. This early section has the best section of woop-dee-doos as it meanders through dense hardwoods along a creek bottom. Once the trail finishes meandering through the trees, it enters a big field. This provides an opportunity to turn on the after burners and really get the heart pumping. The trail makes its way to the park boundaries and runs along a fence for a short distance before heading back into the trees. Then the tight single track starts up again. There is one more section of field and one more section of riding in the trees before finishing the first loop and reaching the main trail head. This first section has some very tight and fairly technical sections that require careful negotiation or you will end up hitting a tree or having a stump or root send you for a spill.

The main trail head is at one end of the parking lot so you can end the ride here. Or, you can merge left onto the easier loop for a few more miles of fun. This section of the trail is not nearly as technical or tight or twisty as the first section. There is also a bigger percentage of the trail in fields. So, this provides a good opportunity to really get some speed up and catch some air on several small jumps. Toward the end of this section, you enter the overflow parking lot which is just a big, grassy field. Shortly thereafter, you cross the road you drove in on. Follow the road to the parking lot and you have completed one giant loop of around 8 miles.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (16)
 

Gnarly


July 13, 2018
FredCook Gnarly  
 
Review: There's been some more re-routing work, bypassing some over worn sections, as well as improving a couple of (as I remember them) more bland straight line climbs. All good, and better! Great work by those that maintain the trail (DORBA, I assume). Still one of my North Texas favorites for a faster less technical ride with enough roots, twists, and dips to keep it interesting.




Gnarly


January 22, 2018
FredCook Gnarly  
 
Review: This trail has evolved over the years. A little longer now (~8 miles), a couple more switchbacks on the open slopes, and more (higher) speed sweeping descents. Re-routing of older, worn out paths was well planned. Plenty of uphill rewarded with nice downhills runs, either in the open with fast banked sweeps, or in the trees with roots and bumps. A nice mix in one trail. Enough XC style riding mixed in with enough techy short climbs and obstacles to make some use of all that extra suspension we tend to buy for North Texas. :) Bring you roots game face... no shortage of roots on this trail! One observation... a LOT more foot traffic these days. But then, I can remember riding there on Saturdays and only seeing one or two riders... One of my North Texas favorites.




Granny Gear

December 3, 2016
 
Review: Fantastic ride with lots of up and down. Lots of trees though, so watch out.




Granny Gear

December 7, 2015
JPhil9 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Good trail... Easy to get to and find trailhead. It's actually two loops, but starting across from first parking lot is best. Together, they are about 10-11mi, I think. If your a beginner, there are bailout trails... If not, there is still enough advanced parts to get you back. Still the best trail option in NE side of metroplex.




Granny Gear

December 16, 2014
Andy T Granny Gear  
 
Review: First time riding it on 12/14/14. I thought it was a nice intermediate trail for North Texas. I will be riding it again real soon.




Granny Gear

May 26, 2014
 
Review: Good training trail, close to my house and we'll maintained. This trail will throw everything at you although none of it is very difficult for a seasoned rider. Beginner friendly and very fast if you have the confidence to let it all hang out. Early morning spring and early fall I would watch out for the spiders, they like to spin webs across the trail and catch riders in them.




Poseur

October 3, 2013
mbuie Poseur  
 
Review: This a fun trail, but I wouldn't make a long journey to ride it. It's easy enough for beginners, but still fun for more advanced riders. lot of gradual climbing followed fast flowy downhill. A mix between open pasture and wooded area. Lots of roots! As hydegroove13 said, watch out for the grasshoppers. These guys are massive! I took a direct hit to they eye and saw stars. Now I have a small yellow bruise in my eye.




Granny Gear

March 20, 2013
erick.t Granny Gear  
 
Review: Fun twisty, rooty trail. A local let me know the trail is one way (would be fun the opposite direction). There are a couple of short climbs. Liked the combination of wooded and open sections.




Poseur

June 16, 2012
spc_muni Poseur  
 
Review: I often ride MUni (mountain unicycle) here. Its a great trail to build skills and endurance. Good technical woods sections and open fields. Mountain biking here is fun also. ;)




Poseur

January 6, 2011
cdog44 Poseur  
 
Review: This trail is pretty good for begginers, but yet at the same tame, it still provides enough of a challenge that intermediate riders can still get a good workout with the various "forks in the road". these forks allow begginers to go one way, or more advanced riders to go another, more technical route. There are areas, most notably in the places, where the track is fairly deep. This provides the challenge of having to keep the wheel straight to avoid from hitting the sides and slowing your momentum. There are various man-made areas that provide extra challenge, the most exciting one is a new installment: a sweet 45 degree banking turn! it is really fun to ride on, but make sure you take the angle just right (I'm speaking from experience!). There are very fun downhills that allow you to get some air on the endo of them. Something that adds an added challenge to thetrack are the numerous routes at this place. This place is the perfect fit for begginers and experts alike!

Similar Trail: Don't really go to too many other tracks, Erwin park is really good!



Erwin Park MTB Trail 4.06 out of 5 based on 16 ratings. 16 user reviews.
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