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Ranger Trail

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BCWT's main loop. All others stem from Ranger.


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Map Key

5.4

Miles

8.7

KM

Singletrack

740' 226 m

High

531' 162 m

Low

351' 107 m

Up

354' 108 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

Ranger is the main loop of BCWT and recently extended. Additional trails at BCWT are clearly marked and stem from Ranger.

Ranger begins to the right of the trailhead and across the fire road. SxSW is the first loop off of Ranger followed by Dragonfly, Broken Arrow, Crooked Tree, Copperhead Ridge, Man Bites Dog, Lower 40, Highway Rim, Emerald Lake, Pack Mule, SOS, and Texas Sunset.

The longest of the trails at BCWT, Ranger has a good mix of descents, flat ground through trees along creeks, and of course climbs. After the last outbound creek crossing a gradual climb begins up to Camp Wisdom Road and the Highway Rim loop. Stay left at the Highway Rim split to stay on Ranger and begin to work your way back to Prayer Mtn.

Ranger extends out under the powerlines and over to Eagle Ford road where the Emerald Lake loop split begins as drainage tunnels under the road. Stay left and work your way around the "bowl", hit a nice little stone armored creek crossing and back under the powerlines.

Now begins the climb back up to the top of Prayer Mtn. The first is a nicely packed dirt climb to the top of a small hill. A quick descent is followed up by a slow climb to the notable brick climb. This climb doesn't look bad, especially since the greater portion of it is armored with brick allowing for great traction. Its the last 20 feet or so in the loose rock that really pegs your heart rate. There is a bypass option but it's not much easier and about 100 feet longer.

At the top, there's small wooden bench to the right to rest and sip on water. Pack Mule follows around the bend and to the right. What remains of Ranger is, for the most part, gentle ups and downs back to the trailhead.

Part of the Big Cedar Wilderness Trails.

Contacts

Shared By:

Chance Lehman with improvements by Sloppy Joe

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Photos

Spillway bridge on Ranger
Jun 7, 2013 near Duncanv…, TX
Nice Bridge
Jun 7, 2013 near Duncanv…, TX
Ranger extension - wet creek crossing
Jun 7, 2013 near Duncanv…, TX
The Tunnels at the Emerald Lake loop split
Jun 7, 2013 near Duncanv…, TX

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Jul 29, 2019
W M
I didn't hit this particular trail but I rode many others and they were fun. 7mi — 1h 30m
Nov 3, 2016
Jamie Umbras
Jul 27, 2016
Jamie Umbras
May 30, 2014
Christopher Rainsberger
Ranger, Dragonfly, SXSW 7.2mi