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West Loop Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.5 mile 2.4 kilometer point to point
94% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 229' 70 m
Descent: -111' -34 m
High: 785' 239 m
Low: 606' 185 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (8°)

Dogs

No Dogs
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Trail shared by John Shuttlesworth

A nice run up Cedar Ridge with some great views, as well as a great place to enjoy some local bird life.

John Shuttlesworth

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Leashed dogs are only allowed on Saturdays. Check the website for specific details.

Need to Know

Admission is free, although donations are gladly accepted. Trails are open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Trails are open at the discretion of the Audubon Society and are based upon current trail conditions. As with any run you should apply Leave No Trace principles as you journey through the forest. Although running is free they ask that you check-in at the office of the visitor's center.

Description

The West Loop Trail begins directly behind the visitor center where a signpost directs you to the right. Only moments later you cross a small wooden bridge and then make a turn and start your run up the ridge. The trail follows a number of small switchbacks, but the grade should be easy for most adults and kids alike, as you make this short journey up the ridge.

Once at the top of the hill you have the option to go right or left. Either way will bring you back to the same location where you'll head back down to the visitor's center. Once you start, the loop portion the trail flattens out and is a fairly gentle grade. There are a lot of rocks and roots present so mind your step.

Well-placed benches provide great resting points and places to sit and enjoy the wildlife, bird life, and the sound of the wind rustling through the leaves. While not a strenuous run, this is an exceptional place to go to get away from the business of traffic and typical city noise.

Flora & Fauna

As with most Texas Trails there are plenty of poisonous plant life throughout the forest, so sticking to the trails are highly encouraged. Being an Audubon center, bird life is a focus, so expect to see many different species as you travel through the forest. Bird boxes litter the tree tops along the run, inviting many viewing opportunities, so bring your binoculars or camera. There is also a bird blind available just outside the visitor's center to enjoy more viewing options.

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Land Manager: Audubon Dallas

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Check out the old cabin that sits directly in the middle of the trail.
May 13, 2018 near Cedar Hill, TX
Great views abound on top of Cedar Ridge.
May 13, 2018 near Cedar Hill, TX
Lots of bird viewing opportunities exist at this Audubon Center.
May 13, 2018 near Cedar Hill, TX

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