Zaleski Backpack Trail South Loop
ElevationAscent: 955' 291 m
Descent: -956' -291 m
High: 1,014' 309 m
Low: 715' 218 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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Family Friendly Can be an easy overnight trip for young backpackers!
Parking for the South Loop of the Zaleski Trail is roughly 50 yards from the trailhead, across from Hope Furnace. If you're spending the night on the trail, parking is now at the Hope Schoolhouse on Wheelabout Road. This adds about one and half miles of out-and-back to the trail each way. Entering the trail, you'll turn left and head into the woods. The Zaleski trail winds through the forest and you'll be under the canopy for a majority of your trip. The trail itself is packed dirt and rock - generally very easy with little to no technical ability required. There are some steeper sections - but they're short and quickly level out. A number of historical markers or areas of geological interest can be found by using the accompanying Zaleski Backpacking Brochure.