DISTANCE
1.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
272 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

trail running
Saturday, April 30, 2016

First time I ran it, I got lost. Today I ran it with the new application. No problems whatsoever. I ran it counterclockwise. Ran the loop which was about 4.5 miles according to my Garmin watch. Mile one is at Shope gap trail. Mile two is at forest service road. Mile three is reentry into the woods off of the forest service road. That entrance back on the trail is easy to miss. Last mile and one half of the trail is the most pristine, undisturbed, and holy. Some of the fastest downhill I have ever run my entire trail running career. 1/2 mile into the trail this morning I had the distinct privilege of seeing a mother bear and her two cubs. They were 50 yards away and down a steep slope. Just glad I did not run directly into them. The second half of this trail makes it completely worthwhile.