|Santa Fe Trestle Trail as viewed from the Oak Cliff approach on the Trinity River|
|Santa Fe Trestle Trail October 2011|
I'm still scratching my head some as to how those north of the Trinity River will access the Santa Fe Trestle Trail. I'd assume that someone riding the Santa Fe Trail from White Rock Lake to Fair Park would be perplexed as to the route.
|Santa Fe Trestle Trail deck looking north DART Blue Line train to the left|
|Santa Fe Trestle Trail with a view of Reunion Tower, Convention Center, Belo Building, Omni Hotel|
|Santa Fe Trestle Trail looking north, Dallas Wave Whitewater Park below|
|Santa Fe Trestle Trail viewed from limestone bank of Trinity River|
DALLAS TRINITY PADDLING TRAIL PORTAGE FOR DALLAS WAVE WHITEWATER PARK
|Dallas Trinity River Paddling Trail sign at Santa Fe Trestle Trail|
I have been contacted a number of times about where and how a river user should portage the Dallas Wave also called the Standing Wave. In the photo below you will see a canoe portage takeout. It sits about 100 yards upstream of the DART Bridge/Santa Fe Trestle Trail. Currently the lower portion of the takeout is covered in over a foot of thick mud. Might be easier to just use the bank upstream rather than the takeout ramp itself. If you are brave enough to float the Trinity River, I'm sure you'll figure something out.
The total portage is about 100 yards over paved surface with another ramp downstream of the whitewater project. I have suggested to the city that they give this spot a physical address for their 911 system in the event of an emergency. If you have floated the Trinity in this area you are aware that the banks are steep and few places between Sylvan Avenue and the DART Trestle exist for an easy bailout. This is also the classic spot known as a "Last Chance For Gas" before you head downriver. Chances of seeing another person downstream from here to the Loop 12 Boat Ramp are slim.
|Portage ramp for Trinity River Paddling Trail|