ElevationAscent: 1,274' 388 m
Descent: -1,302' -397 m
High: 3,073' 937 m
Low: 2,128' 649 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“A beautiful loop taking in views of the Bent Creek area.”— Jason Doedderlein
Follow the MST for about 2 miles until you get to a proper paved parking area on the BRP. At that point, take a right onto Sleepy Gap Trail, which will end at the Explorer Loop #337. Hang a left onto this loop and follow around clockwise to the Pine Tree Loop #336, which you'll take to the right.
Follow until you can take a right onto the Deerfield Loop #335. Use the Deerfield Connector to get to Small Creek Trail, where you'll finally take a left. This will follow a (yes) "small creek" to Lake Powahatan, where you'll take a right to follow Homestead Trail #333 to Hard Times Road. Take a right (how is it possible to take so many rights without going in circles?) and follow this gravel road up a gentle incline back to the MST.
If you want to add some mileage, you can stay on Hard Times Road past the starting point until it connects back with the MST/Shut-in Trail near the parking for the arboretum.
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