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Trail

3.1 mile 5.0 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,661' 506 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 3,045' 928 m
Low: 1,384' 422 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)

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Trail shared by James Smith

A low-intensity, day-use trail, good for transitioning from beginner to intermediate hikes.

James Smith

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Wide, safe, and well-maintained trail. Easy to follow blazes.

Description

This trail is a nice, well-marked trail with plenty of wildflowers in the spring. Quite a few people use this trail as part of a bigger loop when hiking to the observation tower and tub springs. The creek/river runs alongside most of the trail, which makes for pleasant ambiance along the way. On the way out, visitors will enjoy a steady climb, which eventually culminates at the Tub Springs campsites.

Flora & Fauna

There are too many to list but here are the May - June Wildflowers:
Black Snakeroot, Blue Eyed Grass, Bowman’s Root, Canada Lily, Carrion Flower, Cross-Vine, Daisies, Fleabane, Dutchman’s Pipe-vine, Galax – Galax aphylla, Ginseng, Greenbrier, Hawkweed, Heat’s-a-Bustin, Hispid Buttercup, Indian Cucumber, Indian Pipe, Lion’s Feet, Lyre-leaved Sage, Miterwort, Patridgeberry, Pipsissewa, Pussy-Toes, Queen Anne’s Lace, Ramps (wild onions), Robin Plantain, Showy Orchis, Southern Harebel, Starflower, Stone Crop, Trumpet Creeper, Twayblade, Wild Comfrey, Wild Hydrangea, Wild Lettuce, Wild Yam, Yellow Star-grass.

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Mar 22, 2019
Justin Harmon
Jun 26, 2018
John Keoni Cappiello
Got stuck in a thunderstorm and had to take shelter for an hour. 3.1mi
Apr 16, 2017
Wes Bunch
South Old Mac-Lookout Tower-South Old Mac-Judge Branch 7.5mi
Oct 5, 2016
Pattrick Calderoni
Looped back from spicewood branch 7.1mi
Sep 10, 2016
Trisha Lyons
Tanya & Ember 5mi

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