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12 May . 2016

Pump It Up: Mountain Biking at Hollyhock

Just outside Hollyhock lies the Northwest Community Trail, featuring 8.1 miles of biking trails, including five loops and 650 feet of climbing. Built in partnership with the city of Frisco by volunteers from the Shawnee Trail Cycling Club, the Frisco Cycling Club and the Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association, the Frisco Mountain Bike Trail is designed for riders of all ages and skill levels and has been named the “Best Place to Pop a Wheelie” by Frisco Style magazine.

Opened in October 2012, its outer 2.5-mile loop is ideal for beginners; more experienced riders can turn off onto one of the more advanced loops with steeper hills, tighter turns and more obstacles. If you want to try one of the harder trails but you’re not sure you’re up for it, no problem--just walk through any technical areas you aren’t able to handle.

The trail is also open to hikers and pets on a leash and will be connected to Hollyhock’s own 5.5-mile community trail system, making it a snap to access. Or you can drive to the trail and park on Gloryview Road, just east of Teel Road. The trail is open Monday through Friday, sunrise until 10 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from sunrise to sunset. It’s recommended that all riders wear a helmet.

BMX and mountain bike riders also get pumped about the Northwest Community Park’s one-acre BMX Pump Track and Dirt Jump Park. One of only three pump tracks in the Dallas Metroplex and the only one that was professionally built, the Northwest Community Park pump track was built for $75,000 in 2015. A loop of dirt mounds and berms provide fun and challenge for BMXers of all ages.