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Rufus Creek Trail (Under Construction)

Intermediate
 3.0 (1)

A mostly singletrack climbing trail that leads up into the preserve.


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2.1

Miles

3.4

KM

Point to Point

783' 239 m

High

464' 141 m

Low

456' 139 m

Up

235' 72 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek

This is a two-way multi-use trail. Be alert for descending riders as you hike.

Description

One part old and several parts new, the multi-use Rufus Creek Trail begins next to the restroom in the Lookout Mountain Preserve parking area and begins winding up through the trees. There will be some mild bits and some steeper bits at first, but obstacles are pretty much non-existent. At roughly 0.75 miles, the trail crosses over Lookout Mountain Road 2000 and shortly crosses over a smooth bridge (watch out in the wet).

From there the trail rises steadily on a raised tread. Hikers will pass through lots of alders that eventually give way to a mix with more deciduous trees. A little past 1.0 miles, the trail intersects the pedestrian-only Leila June Trail. Keep right to stay the Rufus Creek Trail. This newer section of trail is recognizable by a narrower width and substantial bench-cutting that was used to cut across the side-slope. Despite the terrain, the trail remains smooth and easily traveled. At 1.5 miles, the trail begins to descend across the slope. After another low-bridge, Rufus Creek Trail intersects with the Backside Trail on the right and continues up to meet the bottom of the biker-only Cougar Ridge.

As of late 2018 the Rufus Creek Trail ends here at a barricade. Efforts in the coming months and years will eventually extend the trail past an intersection with the Baneberry Trail.

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Eric Ashley

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The bridges are wide and stable, but they can also be a tad slick in the fall and winter.
Nov 15, 2017 near Sudden…, WA
This giant sets quite a scene on the Lookout Loop Trail.,
Nov 15, 2017 near Sudden…, WA
It's a loop so either option will work.
Nov 15, 2017 near Sudden…, WA
Hiking back down after a long day of work.
Jul 23, 2018 near Sudden…, WA

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