DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
426 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

forest

river

hiking
6 months ago

If you are a First Time hiker I would recommend you stay on the north-side of Route 40. The trail on that side are nice and easy with only ups and downs. I would go the direction of the Peaceful Pond Trail first then head DOWN the Old Ranger BLUE trail and around the large BLUE loop of the Ole Ranger trail back to the Park gate parking lot by the playground. The trails on the South-side of Route 40 are very rocky with heavy terrain and lots of roots. I recommend hiking boot and trekking pole when hiking this side. The River Ridge trail off the campground road is a rock hop all the way down to the tracks. When you get to the tracks turn left and go towards the Union Dam train tunnel. The trail to the right of the tunnel takes you to the stream and will lead you to the Union Dam trail at the viewing platform. This trail will lead you back to the parking lot.