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Valley Trail - South

Intermediate

Trail

2.1 mile 3.3 kilometer point to point
96% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 219' 67 m
Descent: -159' -48 m
High: 176' 54 m
Low: 85' 26 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)

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Trail shared by Doug Hay

The southern portion of Valley Trail.

Doug Hay

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

Description

This wonderful trail runs along Rock Creek up to the Maryland border for about 5.6 Miles, but dont be fooled by the word Valley in its name. The trail has plenty of elevation change as it twists and turns along side the river.

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 youll find fewer runners along the Valley trail, this is probably the most popular running trail in the park, and a great place to see wildlife like deer and black snakes.

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View of Rock Creek from the Valley Trail
Jan 9, 2015 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
Boulder Bridge over Rock Creek.
Mar 8, 2016 near Washington, DC
Star Chickweed.
Mar 8, 2016 near Washington, DC

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