Ran here again lately. Very good place for running. You get a mixture of dirt trails, pebble trails, rocky/rooty trails. And plenty of hill climbing. Want some creek crossings? Just head to the nearby Bull Creek Greenbelt.

This specific trail also has a VERY steep hill climb. In the middle of all those switchbacks, there is an incline-trail. You're hiking and running and walking and you're getting tired, more and more switchbacks, you need to get home soon- that incline-trail is good for that. But also, it's a GREAT workout. Huge step ups, very long, very steep.

trail running
24 days ago

Ran here again lately. Very good place for running. You get a mixture of dirt trails, pebble trails, rocky/rooty trails. And plenty of hill climbing. Want some creek crossings? Just head to the nearby Bull Creek Greenbelt.

This is attached to the "Valburn north loop" trail. This trail has almost everything: roots and rocks and trees and shrubs; wide trails and skinny trails; up hills and down hills. But there's no creeks crossing, no lakes, ponds, etc.

But the impressive thing about this trail is in the title. The switchbacks are way cool. Need to practice turning on trail, this is your place. You'll get a great workout if you start out going west rather then south. Up that hill, across all those switchbacks: it's a doozy and a half.

Soapbox: Please stay on the trails, don't cut across the switchbacks, put rocks and branches where you've seen other cut across the switchback, to preserve the switchbacks. They make trails awesome. OK, soapbox over, Thx for listening :)

hiking
3 months ago

I give it only four stars, because it has everything- wide trails, skinny trails, rocks, trees, flats, hills, etc. except a creek. But the trail is great for biking, hiking, or trail running. Terrain changes from shruby, wooded, leafy (during the Spring, at least) forests to wider rocky trails. And yes many side trails.

There are absolutely no markers, so novice and/or casual hikers beware. Be sure to bring your directional devices (GPS, map, smartphone, etc.). It is rather secluded back there, and it intersects with the switchback trail. Also right across the road (northwest) and the creek (northeast) is the Bull Creek greenbelt.

Soapbox: Please stay on the trails, don't cut across the switchbacks, put rocks and branches where you've seen other cut across the switchback, to preserve the switchbacks. They make trails awesome. OK, soapbox over, Thx for listening :)

hiking
3 months ago

This was fine as an exercise trail. I didn't find many interesting features, (I didn't find the abandoned bus which is out there somewhere). There are plenty of side trails, and a south loop that I haven't hiked. Great exercise with lots of elevation changes. Feels secluded.

hiking
4 months ago