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Escarpment Trail/Elk Run Trail Loop

Easy
 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This loop includes sections of both Escarpment Trail and Elk Run Trail.


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4.4

Miles

7.1

KM

Loop

8,014' 2,443 m

High

7,833' 2,387 m

Low

275' 84 m

Up

275' 84 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Views · Wildlife

Overview

This easy hike is perfect for an outing with young children or for those not in the mood for a vigorous outing. The trail is well-maintained throughout, with slightly rockier portions along as you're closer to the edge of the escarpment. The views along said portions are spectacular, with unobstructed vistas of the San Juan mountains and the Uncompahgre River valley to the south.

Description

This is a very easy hike suitable for small children. There are great views along the Escarpment Trail accompanied by the possibility of wildlife sightings throughout. A small parking area is found at the trailhead; a larger parking area is available at the Log Hill Firehouse which you'll pass on your way into the development. Parts of the trail are bordered by private property which is well marked.

As the hike winds its way through a residential development, private property markers, and houses may occasionally be seen. Several paved road crossings will be necessary as well. As the trail turns northward away from the escarpment, it follows the border of a golf course, in and out of the nearby forest.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, elk, pine, scrub-oak, cactus.

Shared By:

Taylor Nakamoto

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Looking South, up the Uncompahgre River Valley
Jun 21, 2018 near Ridgway, CO
San Juan range with Mt. Sneffels dominating
Jun 21, 2018 near Ridgway, CO

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