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Isle du Bois

Average Rating:    (3.45 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 22

One of the newst trails in the greater Dallas/Ft Worth area. It is wooded single track with a bunch of climbing and screaming descends. It is still under construction but should be done by April of 2003. It is a State Park and you have to pay the entry fee ($3) or have a state park annual pass.
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Latitude
33.379996028010375
Longitude
-97.02507019042969
Trail Directions
Directions to Trailhead (from I35): Take IH-35, 10-miles north of Denton. FM-455 exit, go east (10 miles+-) towards Pilot Point. Cross dam and 2-miles to Park entrance. Ask for directions to the volyball court (trailhead). Directions to Trailhead (from Frisco): 289 north to 380. 380 west to 377. 377 north to fm-455 in Pilot Point. FM455 west to PW 4137. Turn right (north) onto PW 4137 and go about 1.4 miles to HQ.
Trail Length
6-6.5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Pilot Point
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Review Date
July 8, 2012

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Scott Levy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Moderately Technical to Very Technical in certain places
Mildly hilly but no major drops or extremely steep climbs

Rode Isle Du Bois for the first time yesterday. Based on some of the reviews, I was expecting it to be much more daunting than it is. Although it is more rocky than other trails in the area, the inclines aren't that severe which makes the rocks much easier to manage. (I grew up riding in the Northeast with similar rockiness but usually on more severe hills. After riding IDB I realized how much easier it is to handle technical rocky stuff where it's relatively flat). Rockiness makes some of it extremely tough to ride without some walking and/or putting a foot down, but never felt at all unsafe, even riding alone.

I was on a 29er hardtail. Just one opinion, but I didn't feel there was any type of really aggressive downhill that warranted full suspension, just a lot of slow, winding technical stuff.

Recommended Route:
Loop D is painfully slow and rocky. Doable for advanced, worth trying for intermediate (which is how I'd describe myself), but beginners will want to stay off Loop D.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Big Cedar - far and away the best place I've ridden in North Texas



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Review Date
July 30, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: TXTony ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a very interesting trail...if you want to become a better rider this trail should be on your list...there is a section of the trail that is full of rock gardens..big rock gardens..after you do the rock gardens be prepared for some climbs..sand and a lot of loose spots..I have rode this trail on a 5 inch and 6.7 inch bike as well as hard tails..the hard tail action can be a bit tricky but makes for a fun challenging ride. Carry plenty of water

Recommended Route:
The entire trail

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Johnsons Branch



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Review Date
May 6, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: merlinm ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If you like rock gardens this is the trail for you. It starts out with some moderately flowy single track with some decent climbs. After that, it starts to get nasty and you'll find some of the most difficult climbs in the entire dfw area, even Northshore. It's rock garden after rock garden...some of them are very steep and tricky. The nastiest ones you can walk or bypass, which I think most riders do.

This trail isn't for everyone, there are not very many areas where you you can really open up, but it's very scenic and an excellent camping destination. It's not my cup of tea but if you find erwin and northshore too easy, definitely check this trail out. Do not take beginners here. Not my favorite trail in dfw, but some people like it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Erwin, Northshore



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Review Date
September 7, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: dbcdfw ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Fun trail, entrance is now $5 / person but worth it. Some good climbs and lots of rock (baby heads).



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Review Date
February 16, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: singletracker72 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
ok here it is this trail's a great place to tune your skills up its just shy of 14 mile of a good mix of super tight single track , rock gardens ,loose baby heads ,beach and a fair amount of climbing. I put in weekend warrior because cross country , downhill ,or race just doesn't describe an avid all mountain trail rider ... i ride this trail at least twice a week and all I'll say is if you can ride it a-e and clean the whole thing , you can ride!!! Hardtail cross country guys will more than likely not dig this trail it got some nasty rocks and loose boulders they'll hate .. I you have a full suspender with 4+ travel and just dig riding and challenging yourself this is the place for you ...if you're a free rider don't bother nothin here for you ...

Recommended Route:
A-E ... pace yourself ...



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