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Northwest Ridge Loop

Intermediate
 3.2 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Lake views, picnic areas, and an interesting trail - this loop has it all!


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1.6

Miles

2.6

KM

Out and Back

752' 229 m

High

662' 202 m

Low

163' 50 m

Up

162' 49 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Lake · Views · Wildlife

The park closes 30 minutes after sunset.

Overview

Combining the Northwest Trail and the Ridge Loop Trail at Eagle Mountain Park forms an entertaining and beautiful hike through varied terrain.

Description

This looped route combines the Northwest Trail and the Ridge Loop Trail at Eagle Mountain Lake Park. Starting from the pavilion near the parking lot, head through the fence to the west and take the first right onto the Northwest Trail. Follow the trail - it is well marked - past the Lake Police dock and up to a picnic / rest area with a shaded picnic table and restrooms. The Northwest Trail then continues back down the ridge to an intersection with the Ridge Loop Trail. Turn left onto the Ridge Loop Trail and enjoy several lake - level views across Eagle Mountain Lake.

After about a third of a mile along the lake, the Ridge Loop Trail turns back to the northeast and climbs about 70 feet to the top of a small ridge. A short jaunt along the ridge brings you to a great place to stop and look across the lake. You can use the wooden bench at the side of the trail or sit on the ledge of rock just beyond for unobstructed view of a very pretty lake.

Follow the Ridge Loop back to its intersection with the Northwest Trail and retrace your steps back to the pavilion to finish the hike.

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Shared By:

Mike Williams

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Beyond the bench are several rock ledges that offer good seating and better views of one of the prettiest lakes in North Texas.
Feb 11, 2017 near Pelican…, TX
The picnic area is located at the halfway point on the Northwest Trail.
Feb 11, 2017 near Pecan A…, TX

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Mar 13, 2020
Cade Quimby
We had a great time! Good stuff to see and another new adventure! 4mi — 4h 34m
May 24, 2017
Liz Bird
Did not get to hike these trails. No dogs allowed on any of the trails. Very disappointing. Guess we should do better research.