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Isle Du Bois Full Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice trail that feels like backcountry riding less than an hour from the city.


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10.6

Miles

17.0

KM

100%

Singletrack

742' 226 m

High

656' 200 m

Low

901' 275 m

Up

908' 277 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Check park hours and the DORBA site for trail closure after rain.

Overview

This ride is the full loop of the Isle Du Bois trail system. It features some of the most technical riding in DFW, primarily in the form of rock gardens. There are also some sections with flow, nice lake views, and lots of wildlife sightings.

Need to Know

Entry to the trail requires a $7/person fee or an annual Texas State Parks pass.

Description

The Isle Du Bois (IDB for short) mountain bike trail is located inside Ray Roberts Lake State Park (Isle Du Bois unit) in Pilot Point, TX.

Park at the DORBA trailhead, and the trail starts on the east side. The trail is a one-way stacked loop traveling clockwise. Starting with Loop A and Loop B, you are lulled into a sense of security by the ease of the trail. Sure, there are a lot of small rocks (more-so than most DFW trails) but it's not bad. After crossing the road, you get on Loop C where the real fun starts.

You'll soon encounter rock gardens of increasing difficulty. Take the "difficult" alternate lines to really test your skills. When you reach the intersection with the paved path you'll start on Loop D, which is more of the same. When you come to a clearing/fire road, keep left to continue on to Loop E which runs right up on the shore of the lake in a few spots and also includes, surprise, more rock gardens. You'll come back to the fire road; again stay left to get back on Loop D.

This section actually has a little bit of flow and fewer rock gardens. Cross the paved path to get back on Loop C, and be rewarded with some of the flowiest sections of the trail. This section also includes some of the bigger climbs, but fun downhills as well. Cross the road again to get back on Loop B to Loop A for a bit of a cool down before ending the ride (or catching another lap).

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Shared By:

Marcus Troxell

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 9 votes

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  4.0 from 9 votes
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Loop D. Love this ride and ALWAYS see deer.
Apr 6, 2022 near Pilot P…, TX
Taking a break from the fun.
Jul 7, 2021 near Pilot P…, TX
Fall in North Texas (unknown location on trail).
Feb 6, 2018 near Pilot P…, TX
IDB is a great trail for spotting wildlife.
Feb 6, 2018 near Pilot P…, TX
IDB has some smooth flowy parts too.
Feb 6, 2018 near Pilot P…, TX
Great lake views at IDB.
Feb 6, 2018 near Pilot P…, TX

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Aug 1, 2021
Teri Payne
Mar 8, 2021
D Meyers
Lots of climbing 9.3mi — 1h 21m
Jun 12, 2020
Jimmy Glenn
Camping trip w/ Becky!!
Jan 3, 2020
Keith Graham
Jun 29, 2019
Dominic Mrdjan
8.1mi
Nov 24, 2018
Frederic Nicholson
7mi
Nov 18, 2018
Matt G
Lots and lots of rocks. Big rocks. Little rocks. All the rocks. 10.6mi
Nov 16, 2018
Dominic Mrdjan
First time riding this trail. 8mi — 8h 00m