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Valley Trail - Entire Length

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Trail

5.4 mile 8.6 kilometer point to point
97% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 293' 89 m
Descent: -397' -121 m
High: 221' 67 m
Low: 69' 21 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

This enjoyable extravaganza combines both the northern and southern portions of Valley Trail

Megan W

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

Overview

Follow the blue blazes that mark this route along Rock Creek and Beach Drive. Revel in the tranquility of this super convenient escape from the urban maelstrom.

Description

This wonderful trail runs along Rock Creek from the Maryland border to the confluence of Piney Branch and Rock Creek. The entire length is just about 5.5 miles one way, but but don't be fooled by the word "Valley" in its name. The trail has plenty of elevation change as it twists and turns on the banks of the river. Complete the whole route, or tackle it in sections, you won't be disappointed.

Contrary to the Western Ridge Trail, the Valley Trail path is a bit more rugged. Watch your footing for rocks, roots and narrow passages. While you'll find fewer runners along the Valley trail, this is probably the most popular trail in the park overall, and a great place to see wildlife like deer and black snakes.

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#26

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View of Rock Creek from the Valley Trail
Jan 9, 2015 near Washington, DC
Pine Trail.
Mar 8, 2016 near Washington, DC
Western Ridge Trail southern fork for Moderate (upper), Strenuous (lower). Suggest taking Strenuous north since it's easier to climb the Strenuous trail rockface than crab-walk it down. Return loop via the Moderate Trail.
Mar 23, 2019 near Washington, DC
Ash leaves.
Mar 8, 2016 near Washington, DC
Boulder Bridge over Rock Creek.
Mar 8, 2016 near Washington, DC
Star Chickweed.
Mar 8, 2016 near Washington, DC

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