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Nature Trail / Wild Cherry Loop

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Length


8.1 Miles 13.1 Kilometers


1,071' 326 m

Ascent

-1,063' -324 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

22%

Max Grade (13°)

940' 286 m

High

322' 98 m

Low

Shared By Todd Johnson

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An eight-mile loop route that's popular with local trail-seekers.

Todd Johnson

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek

Overview

A good introduction to trail navigation in Forest Park, this route features portions of the super popular NW Leif Erikson Drive Trail and Wildwood Trail - National Recreation Trail. Along the way, you'll find a couple of fun ascents and descents all of which are connected by smooth single- and doubletrack.

Description

Begin at the Thurman Road trailhead, and head for the NW Leif Erikson Drive Trail. Leif is a wide lane through the woods, with a steep slope up to a ridge on the lefthand side when headed north. The trail surface on is mostly gravel. White mile markers are present every quarter mile, which will help you make your way up Leif for about three miles. Then turn left onto the Nature Trail.

This portion of the route is the most idyllic. The Nature Trail meanders along and crisscrosses a stream briefly before heading up a steep hill to dead end at the Wildwood Trail - National Recreation Trail. At the intersection you'll find a clearing with a picnic table.

You'll work along the Wildwood Trail - National Recreation Trail another four-plus miles, then take a left onto Wild Cherry Trail. Wildwood and Wild Cherry are both singletrack trails through dense woods. Trees fallen across these trails are not uncommon.

Wild Cherry will bring you back to Leif at the portapotty about a quarter mile from where you started; take a right and continue on back to the gate.

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