DISTANCE
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,656 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

no dogs

hiking
6 months ago

Fun trail for forest views and a moderate workout. With the recent rains, everything along the trail / road is damp, fresh and smells like you're off in the woods (at least until start hearing cars.) The trail as mapped here starts off going down before kicking into moderate gear and it builds from there with a few solid incline spots near the end. There are plenty of other trails around the park as well making it easy to loop this and get a different view on the return. I'm not much of a trail runner but this one seems ideal for it.

Conditions: Damp but not slick. Overall good shape with plenty of markers to keep on the trail and a few restroom / water spots accessible along the route. If you loop the trail, you can save a few hundred feet of climbing vs an out-and-back though I preferred the forest views on the fireroad.

Gain: There's a fair amount of downhill at the start so expect closer to 2k of total elevation climbing out and back (1750' doing the loop to the parking lot.)