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Buckskin Trail (113)

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

6.2 mile 10.0 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 814' 248 m
Descent: -733' -223 m
High: 1,171' 357 m
Low: 796' 243 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Trail shared by Chris Chaney

An old classic that is seeing its rebirth!

Chris Chaney

Features Commonly Backpacked

There's a seasonal Bald Eagle Nesting Closure on the northwest end of Buckskin (traveling counterclockwise on the loop) from Hog Pen Trail to Cave Run Trail. The full closure is in effect from December 1 to July 1 and there's a narrower closure at all times/year round: it is illegal to approach/be within 200 yards of an Eagle nest, per the Bald Eagle Protection Act. The nest is not on the trail so outside of the seasonal closure as long as you do not go beyond the posted signs you are okay.

Description

Buckskin conjures different memories for different people. For many, it's an old, mostly forgotten, classic bike trail that has fallen into obscurity through lack of maintenance. For many, it was a first singletrack experience that left an impression.

Buckskin is singletrack journey through the forests with views out across Cave Run Lake. In places, it's hard and in places, it's a dream.

Buckskin can easily be combined with other trails in the area to form loops and longer hikes. The US Forest Service is working to develop a reroute near the Bald Eagle nesting site that will allow the trail to remain open year round.

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Aug 12, 2018
Joseph Will
Lots of fallen trees from storm damage, at one intersection a fallen tree obscures the direction of the trail a bit. 12.4mi
Aug 12, 2017
Scott Reedy

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#74

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