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blue Valle Grande View Trail (0201)

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5.7 mile 9.1 kilometer point to point
Doubletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 438' 133 m
Descent: -587' -179 m
High: 9,127' 2,782 m
Low: 8,699' 2,652 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Trail shared by Lost Justpastnowhere

This trail offers great views of Valle Grande from the shoulder of Redondo Peak.

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You'll have an intermittent but commanding view of the Valle Grande through the tree trunks as you pass through a douglas fir forest on this trail. For a longer hike, it makes a good loop with Backcountry Access Road (02) from the visitor center.

This is a little-used doubletrack that is already becoming a singletrack in places and is on the way there along the rest of the route. The initial climb is a little difficult, especially considering the overall altitude, but after that, it's a gentle descent before you plunge down to the valley level.

The trail is suffering from the effects of a forest fire in 2013. Although the NPS has cleared a lot of fallen trees, new ones seem to have fallen and there are a number of dead trees yet to fall. Expect to find a number of fallen trees for the foreseeable future. Also, there are a couple creek crossings that have been washed out where you'll want to watch your footing.

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