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7.8 mile 12.5 kilometer loop
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,681' 512 m
Descent: -1,683' -513 m
High: 3,094' 943 m
Low: 1,782' 543 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 52% (27°)

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This hike has everything from scenic waterfall views to extreme changes in elevation and a massive cliff wall.

Gary Roberson

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This hike offers a scenic view of Raven Cliff Falls. There are great places to enjoy water from the mountain river, as well. This loop combines the Raven Cliff Falls Trail #11, the Gum Gap/Foothills Trail, the Naturaland Trust Trail #14, and the Dismal Trail #12 for a great adventure!

Description

This is a great workout with a tremendous payoff. You start hiking on Raven Cliff Falls Trail #11 (easy) to Dismal Trail #12. Follow the Dismal Trail to its end, hiking down over 2,000 feet in elevation. Then take a right onto the Naturaland Trust Trail #14 (strenuous) crossing over Matthews Creek at the bottom then beginning your ascent of over 2,000 feet in elevation.

Along the way, there is a great break spot on a ledge (see photo) and the Cathedral formation (also see photo). This section is very steep. We crossed Matthews Creek above the falls on a suspension bridge then took a right on the Gum Gap/Foothills Trail all the way back to Raven Cliff Falls Trail #11 and eventually the parking lot.

This hike is outstanding; you should definitely experience it for yourself. Be prepared, as with either direction this is a hard hike with a well-earned payoff.

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May 27, 2019
N K
9mi — 4h 00m
May 22, 2019
Mike Kymes II
8mi — 4h 30m
Mar 20, 2019
Mitchell No
Mar 16, 2019
Nandeesh Kadengodlu
Mar 16, 2019
SUMANTH R
great hike. all good. wear shoes with good grip. 7.8mi — 2h 32m
Nov 17, 2018
Joye Harmon
Jul 4, 2018
Summer Epps
4.4mi
Jun 15, 2018
Sandy Conner
7.1mi — 6h 55m

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