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Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest Loop

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Length


1.7 Miles 2.7 Kilometers


364' 111 m

Ascent

-364' -111 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

2,550' 777 m

High

2,189' 667 m

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An amazing old growth loop hike in the Joyce Kilmer Wilderness.

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One section of the lower loop is closed due to recent wildfire. Access to the upper loop is still possible.

Overview

This is a moderate trail only due to rocks and roots. Enjoy beautiful old growth trees with a short loop hike.

Need to Know

A restroom and picnic tables are located at the trailhead.

Description

This forest is one of the nation’s most impressive remnants of old-growth forest. The forest contains magnificent examples of more than 100 tree species, many over 400-years-old, and some more than 20 feet in circumference and 100 feet tall.

This 3,800-acre forest was set aside in 1936 as a memorial to the author of the poem “Trees,” Joyce Kilmer, who was killed in action in France during World War I. Part of the Joyce Kilmer-Slick Rock Wilderness, the woods are maintained in their primitive state.

The only way to see this forest is on foot. A 2-mile trail leads to the Joyce Kilmer Memorial and loops through the giant trees.

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Nov 11, 2018
Mike Ankner
Nov 10, 2018
Mike Ankner
both sides of lower loop now open.
May 30, 2010
Jean-Claude Linossi
Easy trail with good views of some very big trees. 1.7mi — 0h 30m

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