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Cedar Ridge Preserve Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This rigorous hike takes you through varied terrain on some of the most enjoyable trails in the area. Hike up a modest hill, trek down a fossil trail, traverse a pond enclosed by hundreds of cattails, and meander down excellent bird-watching footpaths."
--Joanie Sanchez, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Dallas/ Fort Worth (Menasha Ridge Press).
My review is for all the trails in this preserve... not just the one in the guide.
My wife and I have been hiking these trails for several years now. They are so good... and close that we have a hard time trying other places. We just can't find anywhere in the area that come close in comparison.
While hiking these trails we have seen hog-nose snakes, road runners, and many, many other birds.
After a rain some of the trails can be quite muddy (clay mud).
Great for training to do larger backpacking adventures... from flat to very steep. Just wonderful. From Short 0.5 mile trails (wheelchair accessible) to combining trails into 10 plus mile hikes. Lots of opportunities for volunteer work on the park as well. Great for families.
This was a great hike. I had to drive for about an hour to get here but I feel like it was worth it. The trail can be challenging in places, fairly steep climbs with rugid terrain. I did come across a rattlesnake on the trail on a seemingly busy weekend so please keep an eye out. The trail, restrooms, park benches and butterfly garden were all very well maintained.
This is an awesome park / preserve. Its literature states it has 10.5 miles of trails. The way they are laid out its hard to be exact, but, it has to be close to that if you are up to trying them all. Some of the trails are easy to moderate and others are moderate to very challenging in spurts. All of the trails are beautiful, travel through heavy woods and short sections of wildflower rich meadows. Water fountain and restrooms are located near the main trailhead. Although a popular site for those who know of it, it has never been crowded when I've been there. I have been getting ready a hike in Colorado this summer, and these trails offer every challenge I need to get ready except the thin air. 7/8/09 downgraded the rating after trying Picacho Peak, AZ
For the DFW area - this is a great trail! I did 4 -1/2 miles with my 5 year old daughter. She did great and we steered clear of the difficult trails but we had a nice walk. We've been here about half a dozen times now.
This trail gives a surprising feeling of seclusion even though the preserve is right beside quite a bit of residential development. I wouldn't travel a great distance to hike in Cedar Hill, but this trail is definately one of the best in the Dallas area. The preserve is really pretty in the fall and the fall colors are fantastic in Cedar Hill. The Cattail Pond at the end of the trail is also very picturesque. There are some nice ups and downs along the trail to make it a little more interesting, but I wouldn't rate any section as difficult. There are a few overlooks as you ascend and descend, but the views are of the highway and residential communities at a couple of these. I ran into some people out with their families and a few trail runners. Not sure how much traffic it gets on a normal weekend. It would be great for trail running. I also liked the fact that the trail has different loops and detours, all of which are very well marked, so you can extend your hike to well beyond 3.25 miles if you want. It would be nice if they added a couple of primitive campsites for overnights. As a trail that is extremely convenient to Dallas residents and that offers a little bit of wilderness even though it's still within the metroplex, I rate this trail with 5 stars.
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