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Fork Mountain Trail - Desert Branch Descent

Intermediate/Difficult

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3.9 mile 6.3 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 133' 40 m
Descent: -762' -232 m
High: 3,053' 931 m
Low: 2,346' 715 m

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Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Lots of rocks and roots make for a tricky downhill hike along Desert Branch - a challenging finish to Fork Mtn-Ridge.

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This trail can be accessed by hiking up FSR 946 or by continuing straight across FSR 946 at the end of Fork Mountain Trail. The trail starts as a steep bench road and then continues downhill along Desert Branch through dense forest to reach Hwy 39 and the Gauley Ranger Station. There is a short marshy section toward the top that is challenging to navigate.

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in Richwood

#299

in West Virginia

#28,714

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