Alas, with the threat of high winds and severe storms arriving during the ride, we’re playing it safe and cancelling the ride. See you on the trail sometime!

We’ll meet at Highland Park trailhead and ride out with a sack lunch!

When – 10am rideout, Saturday April 29, 2017
Where – Highland Park trailhead
What to bring – Coggins, sack lunch, water

Despite the rain on Friday morning, the ride is still a go, as scheduled.

We’ll ride north from East Fork trailhead, and have lunch on the trail, either at the Crazy Horse Saloon picnic table or at the Collin Park picnic table.

When – 10am, Saturday, March 25, 2017
Where – East Fork Trailhead
What to Bring – Coggins for your horse(s), bug/fly spray for you and the horse, brown bag lunch for you, snacks for the horse(s). Water will be available at the Saloon for horses.

TTPA Bring-a-Friend Trail Ride & Breakfast
Sat 25 Feb 2017

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When: Breakfast 9 AM, Ride out at 11 AM – 25 Feb 2017
Where: Brockdale Park Trail head, Lucas TX
What: Breakfast Get Together and Trail Ride

Share your love of Trinity Trail and Lake Lavon by introducing a friend to the trail. Bring a non-TTPA member to enjoy a delicious breakfast and a fun ride or hike afterwards.

Door prizes will be given out.

Bring your horse’s coggins and a chair.

Hope to see you there!

RSVP at our FB Event Page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1838419736440118/

Directions to Brockdale Park Trail head

Lucas is northeast of Dallas, TX. From Dallas, go north on US 75 to the Bethany Drive exit in Allen and go east. Take Bethany Drive through Allen into Lucas (about 5 miles). Counting the light at the expressway exit, you will go through nine lights. The ninth light is at Bethany and FM 1378 where Lucas City Hall will be on the left. Go straight. In about ½ mile, when the road makes a sharp curve, you will see a stoplight and the Lucas Food Mart and gas station will be on your left. Turn left here on FM 3286 and go less than a mile to Brockdale Park Road. There is a brown Brockdale Park sign on the right just before the turn. It turns off to the right. If you get to the bridge over Lake Lavon you have gone too far. Follow Brockdale Park Road around to the trail head. You will drive through three 90-degree turns. The trail head is at the 3rd 90-degree turn on the right and is bordered by white pipe fence. If you get to the boat ramp you have gone too far.

The forecast just looks too darned cold!! We may have a weekday workday instead, keep an eye on this site.

Weather’s too hot and the lake is too high!

Stay cool and practice safe riding and hiking!

Equine Desensitizing Clinic

When: 19 Sept 2015
Where: Meyers Park in McKinney

The Collin County Extension Lone Star Equine Council and TTPA will be hosting an “Equine Desensitizing Clinic” on Saturday, September 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Myers Park and Event Center (7117 County Road 166, McKinney, TX. 75071).

The clinic will be presented by Scott Shepherd of 4 Shepherds Horsemanship. Please take advantage of the clinic if you and/or your horse are having difficulties with certain obstacles on the trail or arena.

You may bring your horse to the clinic at a cost of $150 per participant which will be limited to the first 30 to register or you may choose to just audit the clinic at a cost of $15 per auditor. If you are one of the 30 participating on horseback, you must have a current Coggins test.

The registration fee and auditing fee includes lunch.

Please register online at http://www.4shepherdshorsemanship.com/clinic-schedule-and-registration.html. (You will need to scroll down the page to the clinic on 19 Sept)

Myers Park will be open at 7:30 a.m. on the morning of the clinic.

After the spring rains lifted the lake level to record heights, the following drought lowered the lake back down to normal levels. But while the lake was flooded, all sorts of debris and trash were washed up and left at the high water mark, and are now littering the trail and the woods and fields next to the trail.

TTPA will celebrate National Public Lands Day by cleaning up trash on and next to the trail that was left by the lake flooding this past spring. If you bring the energy and willingness, we’ll supply the trash bags and dumpster to haul it all away!

When – 9am, Saturday, Sept 26, 2015, we’ll work till noontime
Where – Meet at Brockdale Trailhead
What to bring – gloves, bug spray, water and energy

We’ve decided to cancel the moonlight ride, given the shortened trail, high lake level, and muddy conditions.

The trails are just too wet and muddy to use, so we’re cancelling this ride.

And it’s all completed, as of Nov 18, 2016. Enjoy!

New Pipeline Project on Sycamore Loop

North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) has started a new pipeline renovation project along their easement road where our Sycamore Loop branches. Normally, when going north on the trail from Highland Park, the trail forks where it crosses the NTMWD easement road. You can go straight across the road and continue on the west side of the Sycamore Loop, or you can travel east on the road until you reach the entrance to the east side of the Sycamore Loop. For the past many months, we’ve had the west side of the Loop blocked off while a pipeline renovation project was underway. That project has ended and the west side of the loop is now open. However, a new pipeline renovation project has just started and we’ll need to detour around it when the construction activity is present during the next several months.

The following picture shows the trail (in yellow) north from Highland Park, and where the trail forks to make the Sycamore Loop. The light blue box shows the area detailed in the second picture. Click once on the picture for a larger image. Click again to remove the larger image.
Highland Park north trail v2

The following picture shows in more detail where the construction will take place and the detour options that will be used. Click once on the picture for a larger image. Click again to remove the larger image.
NTMWD pipeline site v2

There may be several days when the bypass black pipes are being laid across the west and east side entrances (the pipe will be buried directly in front of the two entrances). During those several days, the entire Sycamore Loop will be closed and there will be no access to the Giant Sycamore. We will announce these dates on the TTPA website main page, so please check it before you head out.

During the construction work, which may take two or more months, there will likely be construction activity and large vehicles moving up and down the easement road on weekdays and Saturdays. Please be aware and proceed with caution. DO NOT use the roadway, but stay behind the CAUTION tape and on the shoulder and only cross the roadway directly at the two trail entrances.