Annadel Park Channel Drive Loop
ElevationAscent: 671' 205 m
Descent: -667' -203 m
High: 842' 257 m
Low: 333' 102 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“Beautiful scenery, challenging terrain, and a great hill workout all in about an hour. What more could you ask for?!”— Rebecca Riley
Start your hike heading east along the paved road. Once you've entered the park, you'll see the visitor center on your right. Just after this, the singletrack Channel Trail will appear on your right. Take it. This trail parallels the paved road for about 0.5 mile, then heads up Live Oak Trail to the right.
Take Live Oak Trail, veering right and start a hefty climb through the trees. This climb is technically challenging as it is rocky, has roots and is singletrack. Much of it is also in the shade, so watch your step carefully. You'll gain approximately 400 feet over the next mile, crossing one stream-bed that is busy during the winter but still passable.
After approximately 0.5 miles, you'll enter an intersection of trails; bending to the left is the North Burma Trail and bending to the right is the continuation of the Live Oak Trail - continue on Live Oak for another mile of gradual climbing in and out of trees until you eventually break out into False Lake Meadow.
Near the end of the meadow veer right onto Rough Go Trail. This section of the trail is exposed to the sun and is very rocky and technically challenging but fun! Watch those ankles! Stay on Rough-Go Trail for approximately 0.5 miles. (NB: There are several trails that veer off Rough-Go Trail; when in doubt, keep to the left) After 0.5 miles you reach a T-intersection, with Cobblestone Trail on your right and Rough-Go Trail continuing to the left. Go right onto Cobblestone.
The first mile of this trail is mostly flat with a slight incline until you reach the rock quarry. After the quarry, you'll see a sign for a loop - stay straight. In about 100 yards, the trail either continues straight and to the right or veers left sharply and downhill; go downhill. This is your final descent, enjoy it!
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Land Manager: California State Parks - Trione-Annadel State Park