Sam Judd Ramsey Trail #660
ElevationAscent: 1,725' 526 m
Descent: -256' -78 m
High: 3,092' 943 m
Low: 1,623' 495 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
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Heading west from this trail's one road crossing (which is the trailhead for both sections of trail), the Sam Judd Ramsey Trail follows an old road that crosses through an area that has recently been logged on both sides of the trail. The trail crosses three roads, and the third crossing is important - about 100 yards after that crossing, the trail leaves the old road, cuts left, and angles up the mountain. This is not obvious, so if you aren't careful you'll find yourself climbing the mountain on an old road at an insanely steep 33% grade.
If you are looking for the trail from the top of Walker Mountain, load a waypoint in your GPS first - the trail is not marked by a sign. Instead a faded yellow blaze is on a tree and a ribbon may encircle that same tree. It is not an obvious intersection.
There are no vistas on this trail, though ascending from Sidling Hill there are some nice views of Walker Mountain to the west.
Land Manager: USFS - George Washington and Jefferson National Forest