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Flag Rock Trail

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Length


3.2 Miles 5.2 Kilometers


983' 300 m

Ascent

-953' -290 m

Descent

11%

Avg Grade (7°)

129%

Max Grade (52°)

3,313' 1,010 m

High

2,352' 717 m

Low

Shared By Andrew Ledbetter

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A short, steep climb up Warm Springs Mountain leading to a rocky overlook with incredible vistas to the East and West

Andrew Ledbetter

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views

Description

Park at the Old Dairy Community Center (right side of the buildings facing the road) and you'll see a sign post for Flag Rock Trail leading up the grassy hill at the back of the lot. The trail starts as a grassy lane cut through the hill which leads into woods and back out onto grassy hills a few times, with a few minor creek crossings, before changing to all forest and traditional singletrack. This is a fairly steep trail the whole way up so be sure to bring plenty of water!

At the top of the ridge the trail comes to a T with a dirt/grass road. Turn left to reach the overlook and the rest of Flag Rock Trail (turning right on the road leads all the way to The Homestead after several miles) after about 100 yards, which are both well signed and hard to miss.

From the sign, it's a short jaunt up to the overlook which is a series of rock outcroppings and a gazebo with benches. The view opens up for miles in either direction. It's a great place to bring a picnic and/or a hammock and spend some time!

Continue on Flag Rock Trail after coming down from the overlook and descend back to the Old Dairy parking lot. The trail on this side could use a bit of maintenance, but it's not too hard to travel. Except when it leads out onto a big grassy hill that's enclosed by trees (at about mile 2.7). As of mid-May 2018 there was no path cut through the grass, but all you need to do is stay left and go all the way to the bottom of the hill. There is a signpost for the trail that's slightly hidden at the edge of the woods. Eventually you'll come out onto a paved road which continues a short ways down to the Old Dairy. Finally, you'll see a signpost for the trail that cuts across the hill and leads to the parking lot where you started.

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