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Cactus Run Loop

Intermediate
 5.0 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A short loop with great views.


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4.3

Miles

6.9

KM

Loop

2,375' 724 m

High

1,992' 607 m

Low

503' 153 m

Up

501' 153 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Off-leash

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Overview

This hike has great views of Pancahrevo Reservoir and Vitosha Mountain. In the summer, this is the perfect place to escape the city heat.

Description

Starting from the parking lot, follow the paved trail along the lake. There will be a series of rolling hills and a steep climb at around 2km as you pass by the seemingly abandoned rowing complex.

Continue on for another kilometer, until you come to a junction with the Cactus Run Trail (singletrack) to the left. Turn onto the Cactus Run Trail, and immediately you'll begin climb. Follow this winding and sometimes exposed trail for 2 kilometers until you reach a chalet building; there follow the trail downhill to the left.

In about 100 meters, there is a sharp turn to the right. Enjoy the views to the left as your skirt the cliff edge. You'll soon arrive at an exposed viewpoint. Continue down the relatively smooth and even terrain.

Shortly before you reach the Direct German - Lozan Ridge trail, there is slight hiccup in the trail. After this, continue left on to the Direct German - Lozan Ridge trail and down the last few hundred meters to return to the parking lot.

Shared By:

Jonathan Salibra with improvements by Ryan McGonigle

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The view of Vitosha in the distace with Pancharevo below and Oliver in the foreground
Feb 3, 2018 near Sofia, BG
We took the route backwards, doing the challenging part first. If you want to do this look for these stairs just after you leave the car park and start down the main path, you want to take the dirt track between the stairs & main road.
Aug 28, 2019 near Sofia, BG

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Aug 27, 2019
Sofi Newsham
Really nice easy hike, did the hilly part in around an hour, couple of pubs along the flat too!