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Trail 3

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Rugged trail crossing Hoffman Branch with an amazing view of the gorge and Hoffman Falls.


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.4

KM

Point to Point

800' 244 m

High

619' 189 m

Low

159' 49 m

Up

203' 62 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Standard State Park restrictions.

Need to Know

Close to the city and two of the best coffee shops around!

Description

Starting either at Trail 3 parking or Hoffman Falls Parking (also marked Trail 3), descend into the canyon rapidly. You'll cross the falls, then descend (after a short steep quad burner) into the canyon, winding your way across the margins of the canyon until you meet up with Trail 1 and 2. Either turn around and head back, take a hard right onto Trail 2, or left to exit the canyon and back up to the paved road.

This is the only trail in the park where the foliage is sometimes overgrown, especially near the intersection with Trail 2. There is a short and very steep spur that connects this trail to the bottom of Hoffman Canyon (around Mile 0.3), where you can join onto Trail 2 and go into the main canyon, or join Trail 4 and hike back up the other side of the valley.

Flora & Fauna

Creek critters (crawfish, frogs, and salamanders) ferns, wildflowers galore (including one of the largest patches of spotted snakeweed I have seen).

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Shared By:

Chris Davis with improvements by Michael Kontos

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