“A challenging trail in one of the more remote sections of the park.”
— Kristen Arendt
Views · Commonly Backpacked
No campfires. Camping only allowed in designated sites.
Need to Know
Be sure to bring plenty of water as this trail is remote.
The Blue Ridge Trail is a challenging climb from its eastern end at the Tejas Trail
to its western terminus at the Bush Mountain Trail
. This trail is often used to make a longer backcountry loop and also provides access to the Marcus Trail
which branches to the north about 0.3 miles into the trail.
Shortly after the junction with the Marcus Trail
, the trail starts to climb more steeply with a few tight switchbacks to help navigate the increasingly steep terrain. The next 0.75 miles will climb nearly 500 ft. before leveling out around the 1-mile mark. From here, the trail winds more pleasantly through the wooded slopes up to the Blue Ridge Campground.
This campground is a bit more remote and not as well-used as some of the other more popular backcountry sites which makes it a nice option for a quiet overnight stay. The campsites are located in a forested section where ponderosa pine and Douglas fir provide shade and a scenic setting.
Shortly after passing the campground, the Blue Ridge Trail ends at a junction with the Bush Mountain Trail
Flora & Fauna
Ponderosa pine, douglas firs.