Rock Creek Park Loop: Western Ridge to Valley Trails
ElevationAscent: 484' 147 m
Descent: -485' -148 m
High: 305' 93 m
Low: 73' 22 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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2.0 mi 3.1 km • Loop • 241 ft Ascent 73.47 m Ascent
Milkhouse Ford Loop
1.7 mi 2.7 km • Loop • 253 ft Ascent 77.07 m Ascent
Valley Trail - Entire Length
5.4 mi 8.6 km • Point to Point • 293 ft Ascent 89.24 m Ascent
3.0 mi 4.9 km • Point to Point • 370 ft Ascent 112.89 m Ascent
9.6 mi 15.4 km • Loop • 308 ft Ascent 93.95 m Ascent
3.8 mi 6.2 km • Loop • 225 ft Ascent 68.62 m Ascent
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“A beautiful loop through Rock Creek Park, a D.C. Metro Area oasis.”— Doug Hay
Continue on the bike path for roughly .25 miles before jumping back on the dirt up to the Maryland border.
At the border, cross the road/creek to pick up the Valley Trail - North and eventually Valley Trail - South all the way back to the parking area. These wonderful trails run along Rock Creek up to the Maryland border for about 5.6 Miles, but don't be fooled by the word "valley" in their names. The trails have plenty of elevation change as they twist and turn alongside the river.
Contrary to the Western Ridge Trail, the Valley Trail's path is a bit more rugged. Watch your footing through 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 and a great place to see wildlife like deer and black snakes.
This is the best that Rock Creek Park has to offer!
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Land Manager: National Park Service, Rock Creek Park