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This route races through meadows and woods with views of a large cave, wildlife, in addition to beautiful cliffs and ridges. There are many fun sections where the trail drops through a dry stream bed that get pretty steep, but only for short sections.
The only drawback is the high volume of mountain bikers present on this trail, which means you need to yield a lot, even early in the morning on weekdays, but it's worth it.
From the King Nature Park you can either hike up through the King Nature Park Singletrack or you can hike up the road and access the singletrack at the main parking lot before the winter gate (there are lots of other access points to the singletrack along the road up Green Canyon). The singletrack crosses the road several times but mostly stays in the woods and meadows closer to the walls of the canyon. Additionally, the trail crosses the dry streambed several times. Be prepared to get your feet wet after heavy rains.
There are many things to see, especially if you go in the early morning. The early morning light provides opportunities to see evidence of elk or deer sleeping in the meadows. There is also a large but shallow cave near the main camping area that you pass on the way - keep an eye out!
The grade is pretty well distributed and, therefore, there aren't many difficult or steep parts of this trail. However, this is still by no means a walk in the park. Most people will find it to be a challenge, but thoroughly enjoyable.
Shared By: Tomsen Reed