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Level: Advanced
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +634/603 ft
Total: 128 riders
 

Mountain Biking Sansom Park

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#13 of 274 mountain bike trails in Texas
#465 in the world

This trail is comprised of several interconnecting loops that wind through a wooded area with scenic vistas over looking Lake Worth. The main rim loops are beginner level (green, blue). Expert sections (red) feed off the rim loops. Currently, there are around 12 miles of trail.

First added by WhiteRush on Feb 9, 2009. Last updated May 6, 2020. → add an update
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  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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On Roberts-Cut-Off just south of Jacksboro HWY (199) inside NW Loop 820.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near Ft Worth, Texas

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Intermediate | 7 mi

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  • wannastunt1
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    Go WITH someone who knows!!! 1/2 mile from some entry point after some really good red ...looks like it was trail but not really.... I turned happy myself around and treked by the way I came from (kinda).

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  • texarado
    *****

    Another downhill jump line has been added this year. The segment is called Heavy Metal mainly because you get the chance to jump over an old VW with about an 8-10 foot gap. Lots of gap jumps, berms, big drops and fast downhill. Another good thing about this trail is that there is a ride around every one of the gaps, drops!

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  • bkrzr
    *****

    FWMBA did a great job adding a new trail this winter "FullFace". It is the closest thing you will find to a down hill bike park trail in North Texas. The trail includes a drop off, double, tabletop, and step up leading into a huge bowl turn. It is a lot of fun! If you like jumping this is the place to go in the metroplex.

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  • SlowMitch
    *****

    Just to reiterate what some of the other reviewers said, this is one of the toughest trails in DFW, and you will want to be in really good shape before attempting it. On your first time out, this trail might seem confusing, and beginners might be turned off by the big climbs, rough terrain and constantly switching elevation. But once you've completed a full lap of everything this trail offers, you'll know you either love it or hate it.

    If it's your first time here, you might want to stick to the east side of the trail (AKA Thunder Road). It's the "easier side", and it has lots of "bail out" points if you can't continue, and its easier to navigate. Terrain on this side is rocks, rocks, and more rocks. Probably 80-90% of the east side is covered in rocks of all sizes. There are also lots of small drop offs, roots, tricky switchbacks, and many short ride-arounds/alternate paths to vary things up. The first two red loops (Candy Bar and JoJo's) each have a very big and rocky climb that most people will probably end up walking, but the rest of the east side is easy enough that most riders won't have to get off their bike much or at all.

    The West side (Dam Drop and Lone Wolf) are significantly harder. Dam Drop is primarily downhill action, and Lone Wolf is a mixture of steep climbs and just as steep downhills. Put together, they make up around 5-6 miles of trail, but there are a few shortcuts which can cut a few miles off, and a few bail out points where the trail runs along Cahoba drive. If possible, ride with someone who knows the trail your first time. There are many "fisherman's trails" that intersect with the bike path that will confuse most people, and to make things worse, this part of the trail doesn't appear on most map and sport tracking apps. All that being said, there aren't many trails around DFW that will test both your skills and endurance like this one does while still putting a smile on your face.

    Two final thoughts...

    1. This trail is best suited to full suspension bikes.
    2. If it's your first time on Lone Wolf, wait until the colder months to try it. This trail is absolutely brutal in the Texas summers.

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  • bkrzr
    *****

    One of the best MTB trails in DFW area. Some great downhill sections and elevation changes for the area.

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  • Txsnow&bike
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    Nice technical trail just minutes from downtown Fort Worth. You can dial in your pain due to the various routes available. Dam Drop and Klunky Town satisfy the need for speed. White loop will get your XC juices flowing. Red loop & Lone Wolf will get the heart and lungs working overtime. Would be nice if they expanded to include intermediate routes for spouse, etc.

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  • *****

    This is my home trail so I'm kinda bias... But I've ridden a lot of different trails in several states and I think Sansom park is one of the best. It's challenges both your skill and your fitness. Lots of climbing but rewarded with some great flow and downhill runs. Some of the best lake views in Fort Worth especially at sunset.

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  • Mike Nadon
    *****

    Absolutely fantastic, especially the new "Klunky Town" Run. Best Downhill flow in Texas.

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  • Corinn45@aol.com
    *****

    Great trail provided and maintained by Fort worth mountain bikers. If you study the trail map on their webpage, like any good hiker/trail runner/mountain biker should do, you will find the trails are actually quite easy to navigate. They are all color-coded and you will not get lost if you stay straight on your trail. Follow that rule and you will be fine . Stay straight unless a sign says otherwise. Lots of great views here, and hills, rocks, descents to get your heart pumping.

    PS the trash is not from the hikers, thank you very much. There are two picnic pavilions above the park, one at the trail head itself. If you spent any time in Texas, you're fully aware of the gusty, windy days that are fairly frequent. Obviously the trash blew from those picnic pavilions down into the park. I personally refrain from bitching about trash blown into a park that is maintained for free me to use. How about getting a trash bag and picking some of it up yourself rather than complaining?

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  • Robert Rhoades
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    This should be my "home trail" since it is 10 minutes from my house, but I don't ride here enough. Lots of rocky sections, lots. Fun climbs and descents.

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  • mobenw
    *****

    Now about 12 miles and improving all the time with lots of new berms and small jumps. The main loop, the White Loop, has a few bypasses, some to shorten the ride and others to prolong it and raise the difficulty (Joel's and JoJo's). The more challenging section is called Lone Wolf and several rocky, steep, but not lengthy climbs. I would call the White Loop a solid Intermediate with Line Wolf more Advanced. One of the toughest overall in the DFW area and lots and lots of fun. My "home trail" so I have no difficulty navigating it, but its utter lack of signage makes it very problematic for newcomers.

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  • rpmarheine

    Very technical rocky riding on this trail. Some tough climbs made very worthwhile with blazing decents. Great use of available terrain plus lots of route options.

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  • TGS
    ***

    This trail makes you work for it. Tight twisty loose, sudden steep climbs that require the rear wheel stay planted or you're sure to spin out, no long climbs but they are tough in a techy sort of way, and steep. Hard to carry speed. Dry and loose keeps the riders attention. Its fun, a good work out, kind of short, but if you live in the area a good resource to have. The lone wolf section has some fast run outs and jumps. Nice bermed corners. A section named dam drop is really fun, very fast, bermed turns a few drops and a few good whoops to send ya airward. A very nice map at the trail head helps, the navigation is still very confusing, as multiple loops extend off main loop, and there are by passes and wet weather ride arounds.

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  • Joehefner311
    *****

    This trail is truly rewarding, but lots of climbing and rewarding downhill sections

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  • Dave Simonelli
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    Consists of two main trails. The white trail and the red trail also called Lone Wolf. Lots of rocks and roots. I would consider it intermediate on the white to expert on the red.

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  • RoadWarrior
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    Fun trail system inside the city limits. Best ridden clockwise. Overall a good XC type trail system, there are some steep sections, and a few root/rock drops. I would rate the trails as mostly intermediate with the easiest being the "white" trails on the south side. The "red" trails on the north side have seen some recent work, and are a blast for the more advanced rider ( berms, drops, rollers, fast sections) When I rode the trails were very dry,and loose. As I was running 26 in 2.1 tires I spent half the time wishing I had more tire. With the light colored tread, and a lot of reflectors in the trees, it makes a great night time ride.

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  • bryanwbass
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    The terrain is fairly challenging compared to other local trails i've ridden. There is a good amount of climbing so bring your legs. The trail is not marked really well but I think riding it a few more times will make it easier to find an exit. Overall its a great trail system.

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