Big Cedar Trail—also known as Big Cedar Wilderness—is located on the property of Mountain Creek Community Church. It is a mix of singletrack and fire road with multiple loops, a downhill area, a dirt jump area, a trials area, a pump track, and a skills area. Big Cedar possesses one of the toughest sets of climbs in the Dallas area because the trail is situated on the highest elevation in the city of Dallas—Prayer Mountain.
Due to the trail existing on church property, a few special conditions apply: The trail is closed on Sundays mornings until 1pm due to church. The trail is also closed on Monday to let the area rest.
For parking, DO NOT park in the church parking lot, and please stay out of the gravel area surrounding the transformer station. The gravel area is ONCOR property and should not be blocked.
Flush toilets are available near and within the church. There are also picnic areas, grills, playgrounds, two observation decks, a catch-and-release fishing pond, and camping available with permission.
Due to a past history of several bandit trails developing as offshoots of the sanctioned trails at Big Cedar, riders are asked to remain on authorized trails only. The currently open loops are as follows:
- Crooked Tree
- Man Bites Dog (bypass only—follow the caution tape)
- I Can
- Texas Sunset (beginning section to the road then climb up to the back of the church to access the last portion of the loop—the portion across the road is not owned by the church)
Each loop has a sign on a piece of old wooden fence to indicate the loop’s level of difficulty. Each of these trails my have unexpected trail features and should be ridden with caution until familiar. Big Cedar has some dramatic downhills which are dangerous and designed for expert riders only.