River Place Nature Trail
ElevationAscent: 620' 189 m
Descent: -620' -189 m
High: 915' 279 m
Low: 513' 156 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 22% (13°)
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“A creekside out-and-back hike that heads through a peaceful hollow.”— Eric Ashley
Family Friendly Kids will enjoy exploring around the creek. Just plan on turning around before their energy evaporates from climbing all the stairs.
If your party isn't up to the full adventure, it's easy to head back at any point.
Panther Hollow Trail is brief, and its super-mellow climb soon ends in a 3-way intersection with the Canyon Trail and Little Fern Trail. Keep straight onto the Canyon Trail, where the stairs and steep side-slopes begin in earnest. As you travel along the trail, the charming gurgle of Panther Hollow Creek is sure to brighten your surroundings, meanwhile its deep water provides a few wading spots along the way. To top it all off, interesting nearby rock faces help to complete this truly beautiful scene.
The latter part of the hike is almost completely covered in low trees that bring welcome shade as the elevation jumps up and down. Near its end, the trail climbs out of the hollow to the turnaround spot at River Place Boulevard.
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