Lake Ridge Trail to Cross Ridge Trail Loop

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Steele Creek Park

Lake Ridge Trail to Cross Ridge Trail Loop is a 4.5 mile loop trail located near Bristol, Tennessee that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips.

Length4.5 miElevation gain1,236 ftRoute typeLoop
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Bella Anatolia
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Michael Pappas
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Tara Russo
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Nice section of trail, although a bit steep and rough in a couple of places. However, this is not a loop. I took Lakeridge to High Ridge to Cross Ridge to South Ridge and finally came down a steep washout that terminated in a dry creek bed just as another hiker had stated. I followed a deer path and wandered out on Whitaker Private Drive. Jeremy at Steele Creek Nature Center confirmed that this is not a loop and the South Ridge trail terminates before connecting back to Rooster Front Park. Hikers DO loop it, but you're following an unmarked deer path for the last 1/4 to 1/2 mile of the trail.

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Matthew Mills
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Understand that part of this trail is city marked and maintained, and part of it is a goat path. The city part is definitely moderate, with a couple of steep sections punctuating an otherwise easy trail. The goat path is firstly difficult to find. I took a wrong turn and found myself terminating in a creek bed at the bottom of a steep path that was more a washout. Back at the top I had to hunt for the trail, which turned out to be about 12 inches wide packed dead leaves. Whoever blazed this trail was apparently looking for the fastest way off the knob. The first part of the path was really quite nice, if just for the solitude. It meanders to the top of the knob where the city can be seen to the east. The last roughly quarter mile is very steep and just as unmarked. I didn't hike this so much as slide down on old leaves. My walking stick and a few nearby trees saved me several times. The 20 pounds of camera gear on my back didn't help, either. I came out on the trail that I had taken in, but I would have never seen this path unless I knew to look hard for it. This is not to say this trail won't appeal to some folks, but be warned that a -103 grade (per AllTrails) is not a moderate trail.

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Donna DeHaas
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Adam Lane
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Kristin Culbertson
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James Glass
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Keith Pensinger
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dalton bryant
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