Escarpment, Fossil Valley, Cedar Brake Loop

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Cedar Ridge Preserve

Escarpment, Fossil Valley, Cedar Brake Loop is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Duncanville, Texas that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length3.8 miElevation gain492 ftRoute typeLoop
dog friendlyKid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingrunningForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeRocky
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Getting There

Closed on Mondays! Trail steward is constantly maintaining and expanding the area. Rain makes most of the lower trails a muddy mess and can possibly close them.

Flush Toilets (located near and in the church), Two Picnic Areas, Grills, Two Playgrounds, Two Observation Decks, Stocked Fishing Pond (catch and release only), Camping By Permission, Water Available.

Trailhead address: 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75249

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Zachery King
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Excellent trail lots of ups and downs and stairs

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Ike Mutabanna
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Good elevation for the DFW area.

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Allie Cox
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The trial was nice, good bit of trail runners. Make sure to check the map as you go. Because it is several trails connected, it’s easy to get lost on the wrong path. We ended up taking lily pond trail and missed the cedar break. Nice time, trails marked well with lots of benches. Bring a mask and water! Yes

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Yogen maharjan
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Jonah Bucy
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Great trail. Well maintained. Slightly rocky at points.

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patricia Lainez
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love it

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Niecey Plange
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Consistent favorite. Great trails, beautiful scenery

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Sara Ben
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Cedar Ridge is one of our favorite parks to hike. Always get a good workout, the trail is always well kept and very minimal litter. The Fossil Valley trail was new since the last time we’ve visited and it’s probably a new go-to trail.

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Andres Zuniga
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It was a great hike. Really sunny and too late in the afternoon but fun with Nulfo and Ale. Next time bring more water and snack bars, and plan which trails to take, as well as come earlier. Overall great day.

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ClifandBeth Marstaller
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Decent trail, definitely on the easy side. Nice walk in the woods. I have yet to figure out the rating system for trails on this site. I have traversed trails like the skyline trail in Mount Rainier where it climbs 2,000 feet, has rock scrambles, snow drifts, and significant elevation grade of rock faces rated as moderate. This trail was probably a 2.5/10 on the difficulty scale rated as moderate. Maybe moderate for the area???

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Kristy Bobay
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LOTS of people. Definitely a great moderate trail with good of elevation.

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Ellen Shaddock
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Gets crowded in the evenings but it's a great loop with beautiful scenery

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Krystee Bryant
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great views

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Bravo Charlie
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Hiking

One of the best trails I’ve come across in the metroplex—inclines on hikes are hard to come by and this place fits the bill! It’s great cause it’s all hikers and no need to dodge mountain bikes. Trails are well maintained and marked. Definitely worth coming back! Beware that there are a lot of dog owners and some have better control of their canines than others; saw 2 fights break out where the dogs locked their bites into each other to the terror of their humans. As others have mentioned, the parking fills up on an nice day—so you may have to drive around till somebody leaves.

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Bin Wang
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Well maintained natural earth and wood chip trail. Most parts of the trail are well shaded. Plenty up and down to experience elevation. It is heavily trafficked so getting there early is recommended to avoid looking for parking spot. Some benches along the trail are scribbled, a byproduct of heavy traffic.

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StormyLynn Abel
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Lori W.
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Lots of hills, but nice. lot of traffic, but it was Saturday.

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Taylor Pollard
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Well maintained! Great for training. Lots of inclines. There are quite alot of people that use this park, but overall very enjoyable!

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Brenda Hulse
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Katie Woolevs
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This is the best local place to hike. Lots of trail options

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Debra MacIntosh
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It is beautiful,we loved it!

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Mike Prince
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Well maintained set of trails. Will be back to run sometime.

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Vonetta Watson
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Hiking

Great starter trial if you want to explore taking it up as an add in or trail running!

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Jessica Mendoza
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Dennis Gant
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don't miss this one. great hike.

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John Bruzda
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Heavily traveled trails. Lots of people blasting music. Having said that, it’s nice hiking with elevation gains and losses throughout. It’s the hilliest part of the DFW metroplex.

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Dane Leecy
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Nice trails, but heavy traffic.

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Sonia Salinas
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Very nice scenery! Kids loved it!!!

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Ivey M
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Hard, steep (had to carry bike a few times) & poisonous snake habitat.

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Annette Silva
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Good trail in Dallas. Not too difficult and heavily trafficked.

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