Johnson Branch - TRAIL

Johnson Branch - Trail, Sanger, Texas

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.

User Reviews (8)

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boisebomber   Cross Country Rider [Dec 08, 2007]

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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4
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4
Kenny Davis   [Feb 24, 2000]

Sorry dudes you need to take the 483 exit not 487.

Customer Service

Sorry dudes you need to take the 483 exit not 487.

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5
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dave   [May 22, 2000]

great workout, if you aren't used to short steep uphills and rocks don't go, they just finsihed it so now the trail makes a loop, the road crosses over the trail a few times so you can wussie out if you get tired, on the road there are longer downhills so you can go really fast, it makes my teeth rattle, its a fun afternoon ride that keeps you on your toes, if this is your first time ride be expecting to get friendly with the trees you'll be running into them, overall this is a fun trail with a little of everything, one of the best I've seen in north texas

Customer Service

n on 35, get off on the exit right after you enter cooke county, turn right, go straight till you see the park entrance (obviously I don't drive when I go)

Similar Products Used: dinosaur valley, greenbelt (ha ha, just kidding)
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4
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Bill   [Dec 28, 2000]

Fun trail with some nice hills for a work out. A good mix of technical parts and downhills.

Customer Service

Start at camp grounds and follow signs.

Similar Products Used: North Shore, Tyler, The Breaks @ Bar H
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4
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Todd   [May 10, 2001]

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!

Similar Products Used: Grapevine (Northshore), Cedar Hill, Erwin Park, Arbor Hills, Bar H, Tyler State Park.
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4
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Robbler   [Jun 28, 2001]

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.

Customer Service

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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5
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David Fambrough   [Oct 06, 2001]

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.

Customer Service

Follow the directions above.

Similar Products Used: Bar H for the climbs and downhills
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4
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Geoffrey Rogers   [Dec 17, 2001]

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.

Customer Service

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.

Similar Products Used: Bar-H ranch in Saint Jo, Northshore and Knobhill on Lake Grapevine and Erwin Park in McKinney.
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5
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