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Johnson Branch

Average Rating:    (4.38 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

This is a great trail, with some fire roads and an excellent single track, one of the best I have seen here in North Texas. The trail is very rocky, if you have ever ridden some of the trails in Arkansas this one gets pretty close to those, minus the bigger hills. Part of the trail is fire road, but mostly single track. It has downhills, switchbacks, a little off camber stuff, a few small creek crossings, and some whoppie doo's. It is constantly going up and down hill so you should get a good workout. It is a linear trail but you can come back on the fire roads. It also has some excellent campsites if you want to pack your stuff on the trail with you.
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Latitude
33.367237465838315
Longitude
-97.174072265625
Trail Directions
Take I-35 north from Dallas, go past the Sanger exit and turn off on exit 487. Turn right onto FM3002 and follow this all the way till you see a sign on your right saying Johnson Branch Unit, seems like it was about 10 or 15 minutes after we left I-35.
Trail Length
8.8 mi. loop
Trail Level
Intermediate- advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Sanger
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Review Date
December 8, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: boisebomber ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
kudos to dorba.org for maintaining this trail.

mostly intermediate except for red section which is a tuff bouncy ride thru probably 1/2 mile of rock gardens dispersed over the length of the 2+ miles of red section. the intermediate sections are tight and twisting dirt with some brief dips in and out of creek beds.

you ride in between a lot of trees closely spaced. this is a trail i think you most likely to run into a tree on, so beware.

begginers can ride most of trial with caution, watching speed to avoid tree collisions. do not attempt red section.

lots of shade. could be ridden comfortably AM in summer.

8.8 mile loop.

can shorten using fire roads.

excellent map, excellent signage.
excellent TH map.
get DORBA map at entrance or online at dorba.org.
state park map is useless.





others below describe trail well.



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Review Date
December 17, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Geoffrey Rogers , from Frisco, TX

Summary:
The trail is broken into four sections. The first is tight twisty and slow in some spots. The second section is rocky and rolling. You will know you're in it when you notice more rocks and you do have a few small climbs. This section is the most technical. The third section is easy, twisty, fast and fun. Just what you need after working hard on the 2nd section. The fourth (and last section) starts at about 5.5 mile mark. It is new trail that needs to be ridden more. It is tight and twisty (not as tight as the first section). Overall it is a fun challenging trail, with stuff that will challenge everyone. I my book this trail is better then a 4 but not a 5, however I rating 5. This trail is for advance beginners (riding for 3-4 months) and up.

Recommended Route:
It is now a 8.7 mile loop of single track (miles my vary with computer/wheel setting). Take the left fork at all the branches. There are options for making some shorter loops too.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bar-H ranch in Saint Jo, Northshore and Knobhill on Lake Grapevine and Erwin Park in McKinney.



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Review Date
October 6, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: David Fambrough , from Plano, TX

Summary:
Tight, woodsy single track with switchbacks galore. Extremely rocky and challenging in sections. Plus, there are a few spots you dip down into a ravine and back up the other side. (Kinda reminds me of the trails in Arkansas, minus the serious climbs and descents.) It's Grapevine and Erwin combined into one awesome trail. Fun.

Recommended Route:
Follow the directions above.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bar H for the climbs and downhills



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Review Date
June 28, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Robbler , from Burleson, TX, USA

Summary:
This trail saved my biking life when I was living in Denton. Before I discovered it, I was making weekly trips to Dinosaur Valley, Cleburne, and Tyler State Park. This place cretainly saved me a whole lot of gas money. It was easy to get there after work and ride until dark. Great terrain and lots of fun stuff. Now that I have moved away, I don't ride there anymore. But it is great if you live close.

Recommended Route:
It used to be a there and back: to the end of the singletrack and then back again. Last time I rode there, it looked like they were trying to make it a loop, but it wasn't finished before I moved.



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Review Date
May 10, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Todd , from Dallas, TX

Summary:
Pretty rocky on the first half of the trail, some will love it, some will hate it. I run high pressure in my tires and still managed to pull part of my tire off its bead--no biggie. The trail crosses the fire road plenty of times (like Cameron Park), so bailouts are simple if needed. The second half of the trail runs a bit faster and is quite smooth. I liked the yin/yang to the trail. Dorba did a good job on this one. I think I saw the angel of death out of the corner of my eye, but I always see him when I ride!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Grapevine (Northshore), Cedar Hill, Erwin Park, Arbor Hills, Bar H, Tyler State Park.



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