2.7 miles
Distance
306 ft
Climb
-317 ft
Descent
00:30:34
Avg time

Texas Sunset Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • E-Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T1 Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    AM, XC
  • Direction
    One Direction
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
    Blue
  • Physical Rating
    Moderate
  • Trail Visibility
    Always easy to follow
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
    Yes up to Class 1
  • TTFs on Trail
    Berm, Bridge, Jump
  • Global Ranking
    #37924 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • #26492 in E-Biking
    • #57462 in Trail Running
  • Local Popularity
    40 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 65 in E-Biking
    • 40 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking

The Texas Sunset Loop gets its namesake from panoramic vistas to the west that includes Cedar Hill State Park and Joe Pool Lake.

This newly re-opened full loop encompasses the trail as it existed from a few years ago. After passing underneath the powerlines, turn right along the road and follow the climb to the left as you pass by the church. The singletrack starts at a tight left switchback and continues a descent that passes by Mountain Creek Church's large cross, then more downhill switchbacks and on across the paved road at the church entrance. A short climb back up, then on to the new fast, flowy downhill section to the lower meadow area of the Cedar Hill Preserve. This "valley" area of Texas Sunset in spring holds beautiful native wildflowers that can calm you as you mentally prepare for the longest climb at the Big Cedar Wilderness Trails. You then attack the .25 mile/11% grade switchback climb back to the church to finish the second half of the loop.

That second half was recently reworked with multiple berms on the initial switchback descent, a step-up tabletop jump and steep armored climbs for the final return push back to the trailhead area. During this portion, the trail crosses an old jeep road multiple times. It can be used as a bailout back to the church by following it uphill.

As you complete the final climb, you will turn right and follow the powerline back down to a bridge which will connect you to the SXSW trail for more miles or you can break off your ride at this point by veering left back to the trailhead.

Access Info

The new routing starts at the traditional Texas Sunset start point by the big green bike off of Ranger loop just west of the trailhead. It then passes under the powerlines, and joins the powerline road going north. Take the left uphill fork in the road and join the singletrack just past the church.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Texas Sunset mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -11 ft
  • Altitude min
    592 ft
  • Altitude max
    716 ft
  • Altitude start
    711 ft
  • Altitude end
    699 ft
  • Grade
    -0.1%
  • Grade max
    -29.9%
  • Grade min
    31.1%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Distance flat
    2,300 ft
  • Avg time
    00:30:34
  • Avg reverse time
    00:26:16
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on May 17, 2022
Avg: 4.2 (10 votes)

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      Texas Sunset Trail Reports

      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 2 rides
      • 7 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 90 rides
      • 12 miles avg distance
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      • 605 rides
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      1 Review & Comments

      • + 0
      Texarado Trail Steward (Jan 7, 2021 at 17:30)
       This segment will become one of if not the best in all north Texas! Very challenging climbs with steep descents!!
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      Texas Sunset 2021 full loop
      19:49 | 210 | Feb 11, 2021 , Dallas
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