Sansom Park - TRAIL

Sansom Park - Trail, Fort Worth, Texas

constantly evolving trail w/some fast descents and steep climbs. definitely a nice workout.

User Reviews (19)

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Homer   Cross Country Rider [Dec 16, 2014]

This trail was recommended by an Austin bike shop owner friend of a friend. Good call! I'm from middle TN and found this trail a lot of fun. An awful lot of trail wound around a small area. Steep descents, steep climbs, neither are long, but are strewn with loose rock. Quite challenging. In between are rolling runs and tight switchbacks. Plenty of planted rock to negotiate around or over. You won't be carrying a lot of speed, but your handling skills will be challenged if you push it.

Customer Service

The "advanced" trails are marked with red arrows. I rode down the main corridor and hit the first red arrow that I saw and just wandered around from there. It's a small park and all trails eventually cross the corridor if you need out. The trail head is the high ground and the trail is mostly on the hillside below.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
conrman   Weekend Warrior [Feb 08, 2013]

Great stuff for Texas riding throwing in some short vertical climbs and descents. The roller coaster downhills are lots of fun, and the return climbs will challange 90% of the riders out there (don't eat a meal before attempting the return climbs). Its a great change from the various flatter, cadence style trails found nearby in Grapevine, Ray Roberts, Mckinney, etc. There are a few loops that are strewn with rocks, and fun single track through out. Avoid the upper grassy area which hides tube destroying thorns (you will get flats if running tubes, if you ride the upper grass, by straying from the trail!)
I ride a high end hard tail 26 inch bike.....its not about the bike, so Full Suspension and 29 inch wheels are not required. Bring what ya got and be ready for an aerobic workout at the end!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Phillips   Racer [Nov 11, 2012]

This summer I spent some time up in Whistler, Canada and experienced what real downhill mountain biking is like. If you haven't experienced it before I think you should definitely go ride Samson Park. In my opinion it is as close to Downhill mountain biking as you can get in North Texas. This trail really puts your skills to the test and if you like flying through trails like I do you will love it. I ride a 2012 Specialized Hardrock 29er Sport, and although I wish I had a full suspension bike like a Specialized Camber I felt that the 29 inch wheels really helped on this trail and I recommend them here because of how rocky it is. My friend rode a regular 26 inch bike and he was constantly getting stuck on stumps and rocks that I would just fly over. This trail is great!

Customer Service

If I were you I would find someone who is experienced with this trail or take a picture of the map rather than just "exploring", because the trail is pretty straight forward until you hit the bottom of the hill. My friends and I got lost when we got down there because like others have said, this trail isn't marked extremely well. I found though that red trails mean awesome descants, but you must pay the price by having to walk your bike up hills a few times. While Green and Blue trails (shown as white and yellow on the map) mean smaller descants but with less a price to pay. To have the best experience I would do both types of trails.

Similar Products Used: Gateway
River Legacy
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
JohnTheWrench   Cross Country Rider [Jun 19, 2012]

This is a great trail, with several distinct types of style to them. The Green/Blue loops are fairly rocky, and for the most part are not particularly difficult. The Lone Wolf section is less rocky, but much more difficuly from the standpoint of steepness and narrow off-camber trail. You know, the kind of stuff we all love! There is now over ten miles of trail out there, and the parking lot is now paved and the park grounds are now well-maintained. The problems of a few years ago are pretty much non-existant now, with the shady element moved on to shadier environs.
If you haven't checked it out because of the less-favorable reviews from a few years ago, I would urge you to give it another chance. A few hundred riders and a ton of work days have made it a lot closer to the trail we all wanted it to be to start with!

Customer Service

Maps are available at every bike shop in Fort Worth, and you can also print them off of the local club website.
www.fwmba.org

Similar Products Used: Gateway, Cleburne, Solavaca
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
ttambm   Weekend Warrior [May 23, 2012]

This trail is great all around. I ride it once or twice a week and have never had a bad experience. It is definitely one of, if not the most challenging trails in the DFW area. Rocky, steep climbs and great downhills. I usually go between 4-7 PM and only experience other riders or joggers there. Haven't experienced the shady people others are talking about. Overall great trail.

Similar Products Used: Gateway Park for an easier less challenging ride.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
acedwards   Weekend Warrior [Feb 25, 2011]

Broken glass and occasional shady figures? Yes. Reasons to be careful? Absolutely. Reasons to put the trail down and whine about it? Definitely not. This trail is rocky, a challenge from start to finish and in places an absolute killer. It needs some more work to clear out some of the glass, clean it up a bit and mark it better, but it's getting that a little bit at a time through the great efforts of local club FWMBA. The views are awesome, there's a nice mix of fast and slow, and once you get over the initial intimidation it can hold it really has a pretty nice flow to it. If you go just be careful and leave the little whiny b*** in you at home.

Customer Service

FWMBA has a good map at fwmba.org. Stay away from anything marked red unless you're either really good or enjoy white-knuckled descents followed by walking your bike back uphill.

Similar Products Used: Gateway Park, Cedar Hill, River Legacy.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
socalife   Weekend Warrior [Nov 12, 2010]

Road the trail the first time today with two of my regular riding buds. Met a regular out there named Doug riding a FS Kona. Thanks Doug for being very cool and showing us the full ride out there. Trail was great! Good climbs and DH. I thought the course was in great shape. A bit more technical then my regular route at Grapevine, but very rideable. Most important was befriending Doug out there who let us go to school on his line as well as what was coming up as we caught our wind. Great ride. Email me Doug; lets ride buddy.

Customer Service

OK I gave it a 4 only because the trail markers could be improved on this ride. I don't like guessing when hammering down the trail. I did see the painted rocks...noting some effort, but it could be a 5 star ride. Just saying

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
TXTony   Cross Country Rider [Sep 23, 2010]

I have ridden this trail around ten times...I go back hoping it will get better..first do not go alone..if you do carry mace, a gun..a tazer..a club..a strong tire pump..something to defend yourself as you may fall prey to some local meth head who needs a fix..its a great place to hones one technical skills of avoiding trees, loose rocks tight switchbacks and more tight switchbacks..there is no..none..breezes do not exist on this trail..it is like and oven in the there if it is hot...other obstacles include glass, trash..and people walking in the woods..not hiking..wandering around..its an ok place to go if you need a quick MTB fix and live near the trail..but go in survival mode and be prepared..oh..and carry extra tubes..if I don ride my bike with tubless setup there..I get flats everytime...that said the trail is very technical and demands some serious fitness to ride the entire thing at good pace..and it will improve your bike skills along with other life skills

Customer Service

Any other trail around DFW

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
5
rvera   Racer [Sep 21, 2009]

This trail is a gem of Fort Worth. The trail has great flow and a little of everything. Good hills to climb (great for training). If you want to be a great all around mountain biker this is the trail for you to master.

Customer Service

Ride the green and blue loop and then attack the red. On the red be ready for climbing. If you are going to the trail for the first time hit up the fwmba.org forums and see if you can find someone that is going out to ride and they can guild you.

Similar Products Used: Northshore, IDB, Johnson Branch, and OCNP.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
sooner518   Weekend Warrior [Aug 09, 2009]

This is a great trail and definitely one of the most challenging in the DFW area in terms of climbing. While it is true that there is a good amount of broken glass on this trail (it's in a fairly shady part of town and there are some shady looking characters hanging around sometimes), the trail itself is fairly well maintained. It's called singletrack for a reason, and this park is pretty much all tight singletrack. If you want smooth, wide, XC riding, go to RCP or River Legacy.

Anyways, this is mostly rocky, fast singletrack. there are short but steep climbs all over the place. It's not incredibly technical, but there really isnt anything in DFW that is super technical anyways. The Dam Drop (the second red section you come to) is the steepest and most technical part of the trail. Overall, its a great trail for fast, rocky singletrack

Customer Service

I've always found it very easy to navigate this trail and have never run into any dead-ends. Just follow the painted rocks. Green for easy, blue for intermediate, red for advanced. At the parking lot, go down the gravel road next to the picnic area, then take your first left onto the singletrack.

I prefer to take the blues, hit Joel's Loop (the first red section), more blues, down Dam Drop and do Lone Wolf. If I still have the legs, I'll do 3-Fer Madness

Similar Products Used: Northshore, JB, OCNP?
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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