Duck Pond and Talala were below average trails at best and the views were not very good. The 3 mi. DORBA trail was great and had views to match. The trail was clearly marked and fun to hike. The Overlook has a great view of Joe Pool Lake and some interesting off the path views. Need to get to the longer DORBA trails time permitting.
The difficulty rating is inflated because it was 102 degrees the day we went, took the 8 mile loop, flat, open, the only other person there when we finished was a tri-athlete working on his trail running, best use for trails is, of course, biking; that is what it is designed for. Good for trail running also. For similiar experience without bikes go to Cedar Ridge Preserve.
Took the Duck Pond trail. Was a wooded trail with lot's of cedar trees lining the path. Many cacti.
We started out at Duck Pond, There was some slight elevation along the trail, which was nice but wish there was more. We found a small water fall on a creek just off the main trail, this was more enjoyable than the pond itself. We circled around to the connecting trail and crossed over to Talala. It was a busy weekend for campers, although we only encountered a few people actually on the trail. We hiked up half of Talala and then back tracked to the sceninc point overlooking the lake. We came back across S Spine Rd and hit the scenic point on the other side, then back down Duck Pond Trail and to the truck. This was an enjoyable hike and its close to the house. We plan on further exploring the lakes trails. It was approx. 78' and felt nice and cool along the trail, A perfect day for hiking.
I took my two little ones. They did well on this. Unfortunately one of my kids got too close to the pond, (no ducks but some minnows, frogs, and turtles), and got black mud on her shoes. Overall though this is a good little hike for little kids to enjoy the outdoors. They liked the beach/ playground area in the park and nearby we found the ducks.
I hiked the mountain bike trail, hikers go opposite direction as entrance sign points out. Listen for Bikes coming up. I've been to the other trails in park too. Their nice but short. The trail goes right along Joe Pool Lake shore for a ways and cuts back into some woods and some small hills. There is some mountain bikers but not bad. I've gone before during the week and very few are on the trails providing some suprising solitude being so close to the metroplex. Avoid the park for hiking after it rains due to the sticky and slippery mud.
Very nice hike. Most of the trails were over grown with weeds but manageable. Nice solitude, didn't see anyone else on the trails.
Good trails that are close enough for day tripping. The outlooks on the map were either overgrown or not that good. Started on Duck Pond trail, then looped around to the connecting trail to Talala. Had to walk back to my truck along the road. There were only a few people walking their dogs on the trails as we went on a hot day. Campers were sparse as some of the sites were closed for renovations. Be sure check out the picnicking areas on the south side of the park along the lake (near the Dorba trail); it's great for wrapping up the afternoon with a great view.