“A nice loop with a gentle climb up the Forest Service road to a singletrack heaven.
— Maya Ireland
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A straightforward loop on Forest Service roads and singletrack. The 5.6-mile run that's split between a gentle climbs up to the "The Island" and a nice and steady descent back to the start. Canfield Mountain is a popular area, so expect a variety of trail users to keep you company as you explore the woods and slopes.
Need to Know
Look out for motorcycles, four-wheelers, and descending mountain bikers as you run.
- Many trails may be roughed and rutted. Watch your step in these areas.
From the trailhead, take the South Canfield OHV (USFS 1562)
road for just over a mile till it connects with Trail A
on the right. There will be a short, mellow descent as Trail A
wanders down to the intersection with Trail 3
. Keep left to head up to the bottom of Trail 6
Follow Trail 6
up a steady and fairly gentle grade as it follows the contours of the slope. The top of the climb brings runners to "The Island" where a turn to the right will start down Trail 7
for a nice, gentle descent with long, straight corridors through the trees. Trail 7
ends at "Penn Station."
Take a hard right to rejoin Trail A
. The enjoyable singletrack winds its way down the west side of the ridge to meet the top of Trail 4 (Cave Trail)
. Turn left to run down a shady drainage all the way to the parking lot. Look for a cave near the end that was created by mining operations.
Flora & Fauna
Ample wildflowers in the spring along with deer, elk, and moose.