Jeff LaQuey Trail (formerly known as the Denton MTB Trail)

The Jeff LaQuey Trail (Denton MTB trail) is a fantastic spot for mountain biking enthusiasts in Denton, Texas. Known for its beginner-friendly design, the trail still offers plenty of excitement for experienced riders who can push their speed and skills to the limit. This trail is one of the few trails in the North Texas area that was designed to have the main loop avoid flood plains so that it would offer an offroad haven to riders while all the DORBA trails are under water.

Here’s a more detailed description:

Trail Characteristics

  • Beginner-Friendly: The trail is well-suited for beginners, offering a smooth ride with gentle curves and minimal technical obstacles.
  • Speed Potential: For those with strong legs and lungs, the trail allows for high-speed riding. Fast riders will find it challenging due to the need for precise control and quick decision-making at higher velocities.
  • Flowy Sections: The layout features long, flowy sections that let you build and maintain speed, making it exhilarating for more experienced riders.

Terrain and Layout

  • Singletrack: The trail is primarily singletrack, providing a narrow path that twists and turns through the landscape.
  • Minimal Obstacles: While there are a few roots and rocks, the trail is mostly clear, which is ideal for those looking to focus on speed and flow rather than technical skills.
  • Elevation Changes: There are gentle elevation changes throughout the trail, adding a bit of variety without being overly demanding.

Key Features

  • Smooth Ride: The packed dirt surface offers a smooth ride, allowing beginners to feel comfortable and confident while still providing a challenge for fast riders.
  • Fast Sections: Several straightaways and gentle curves make it possible to pick up significant speed, testing your endurance and bike handling at high speeds.
  • Scenic Views: The trail winds through wooded areas, providing a scenic and shaded ride that adds to the overall experience.

Accessibility and Amenities

  • Easy Access: The trailhead is conveniently located with plenty of parking, making it easy to start your ride.
  • Rest Areas: There are a few spots along the trail where you can take a break and catch your breath.
  • Signage: Clear signage helps guide you through the trail, ensuring you stay on track and enjoy a smooth ride.

Community and Events

  • Local Riders: The trail is a popular spot for local riders of all levels, fostering a welcoming and supportive community.
  • Group Rides: Occasionally, there are organized group rides, which are a great way to meet fellow bikers and enjoy the trail together.

Tips for Riders

  • Pace Yourself: Beginners should start slow and gradually build up speed as they become more comfortable with the trail.
  • Safety Gear: Always wear a helmet and consider additional protective gear, especially if you plan on riding fast.
  • Stay Hydrated: Bring plenty of water, especially on hot Texas days, as hydration is key to maintaining performance.


The Denton MTB trail offers a unique blend of accessibility for beginners and speed challenges for experienced riders. Its smooth, flowy sections and scenic beauty make it a favorite among locals. Whether you’re new to mountain biking or looking to push your limits, the Denton MTB trail has something for everyone.

Welcome To Denton MTB

Our goal at Denton MTB Trails Association is to promote mountain biking in the Denton County area through the development of new trails, maintenance of existing trails and encouraging riders of all levels to get out and ride 🙂 Be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and StravaBe sure to also register with this site to get access to our forums and our Buddy Press social media plugin.

From Denton we currently have seven great trails within 30 minutes drive. To the north we have Isle du Bois, commonly called “IDB”, and Johnston Branch or “JB”. Both are on Lake Ray Roberts, IDB being the closest on the South side of the lake nearest the Dam. East of Denton, we have the Frisco NW Community Park. South/East of Denton, in Plano, Arbor Hills. South of Denton, on Grapevine lake we have three more trails. Knob Hill Trail, Northshore, and Horseshoe Trail.

Denton MTB Park Status

Unofficially the trail is open. You can park at 5792 Hartlee Field Rd, Denton, TX 76208. The entrance to the trail is just up the hill on your left.

Interested in volunteering? Go to this site hereIf you have already volunteered, shifts are now posted here. There are 5 shifts posted for each day that has a scheduled Trail Lead. If you have a larger group you would like to bring, such as a Scout troop, please reach out and contact Carly Weld, Program & Volunteer Coordinator, Parks and Recreation, City of Denton.

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