Northshore Trail

Flower Mound, Texas

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This is Mecca, the trail people think of when they talk about north Texas. Most folks just call it Lake Grapevine, but there are two other nice trails on Grapevine Lake. Still, this is the only trail some local riders have ever seen. This place has just about everything. The eastern area, from the dam to Little Pete’s, is sandy and loose in most places. There are a few easy sections along the lake where you might think the riding is easy. There are some climbs, and there’s even a mile or so of pavement you have to use, which created the popular conception that this is the easy end. Only short stretches of the “easy side” could in a pinch be considered beginner level. Parts of the “easy side” are butt-crunchers; not as extreme as you can find here, but enough to make most people breathe hard. And some cry like a little girl. Waaah. The western parts, from Little Pete’s over to Twin Coves Park, are pretty darn serious. Soft sand, ankle-deep and powdery, mixed in with rock gardens of exposed sandstone.
Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma

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Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma

by Chuck Cypert (Menasha Ridge Press)

This is Mecca, the trail people think of when they talk about north Texas. Most folks just call it Lake Grapevine, but there are two other nice trails on Grapevine Lake. Still, this is the only trail some local riders have ever seen. This place has just about everything. The eastern area, from the dam to Little Pete’s, is sandy and loose in most places.

There are a few easy sections along the lake where you might think the riding is easy. There are some climbs, and there’s even a mile or so of pavement you have to use, which created the popular conception that this is the easy end. Only short stretches of the “easy side” could in a pinch be considered beginner level. Parts of the “easy side” are butt-crunchers; not as extreme as you can find here, but enough to make most people breathe hard. And some cry like a little girl. Waaah. The western parts, from Little Pete’s over to Twin Coves Park, are pretty darn serious. Soft sand, ankle-deep and powdery, mixed in with rock gardens of exposed sandstone.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Flower Mound
Distance: 18
Elevation Gain: 60 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Season: Year-round, except after rain
Trailhead Elevation: 550 feet
Top Elevation: 600 feet
Local Contacts: US Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, Grapevine Lake
Topo Map: Northshore Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Mountain Bike! Texas and Oklahoma Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

1/23/2011

FUN FUN FUN!!! Technical side has some excellent challenges and there are even a couple on the easier side. Great downhill and uphill rock sections. Overall just a great ride!

6/5/2010

I think this is one of the best public mountainbike trails ran by the State Parks system. Single track along the lake. It is maintained and updated regularly by DORBA who builds some of the best mountainbike trails. ONE OF MY FAVORITES FOR OVER 20 YEARS. It does get a little crowed on the weekends, but then it's single track at its best "ON YOUR LEFT, RIDER UP, & TWO BACK" are important words to use.

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