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6.4 mile 10.3 kilometer loop
88% Runnable


Ascent: 1,138' 347 m
Descent: -1,108' -338 m
High: 5,442' 1,659 m
Low: 4,410' 1,344 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)


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Trail shared by Scott Adcox

Steel yourself for beautiful views and light traffic - this a perfect getaway journey.

Scott Adcox

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This trail is good for some variety in terrain and scenery. There's very light traffic compared to some other trails in RRC.

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There's a bathroom at the start/finish, but no water.

Runner Notes

Much of the first half of the trail is on a double track with big gravel instead of packed. Not the most fun part of the route, but challenging.


Obviously, you can run this either direction. Going counterclockwise starts you off going downhill on doubletrack with pretty good footing. A nice warm-up for the climb to come.

The middle two miles are probably the toughest because it's uphill on gravel and not as scenic.

The final two miles are the payoff-very scenic, fun switching back and forth on a packed trail, and you finish on a downhill.


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Apr 3, 2019
Keith Byers
Lovely day 6.2mi — 1h 21m
Jan 2, 2019
Brian Medina
Combined this with Grand loop trail for a ~15 mile round trip tour of more of the park.
Dec 2, 2018
Whitney R
Oct 8, 2018
Aug 26, 2018
Joey Kjellberg Genzano
Apr 28, 2018
Robert Bradley
Windy evening, but pleasant. Little traffic on the trail - makes a nice getaway from the Vegas crowd. 6.5mi
Mar 31, 2018
Kristina Klingler
Dry, trail in good shape 6mi
Dec 3, 2017
Matt Compton

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I ran it counterclockwise from the White Rock trailhead to the Willow Springs area. That got the climbing over quick and the rest was nearly all downhill. Very few people on the trail, in contrast the other trails in Red Rocks Canyon. Great trail with awesome views. Mar 29, 2017
Lad Akins
Key Largo, FL
Lad Akins   Key Largo, FL
Did this run in Nov 2015, looking forward to another visit next week. I agree with the comment about going CCW. Nov 11, 2018
Brendan Ross   PNW
Run was all right, though it doesn't get near any of the area's namesake red rocks, so it's probably not the one to pick if you're an outsider visiting the area. I started off from the Willow Springs trailhead (parking area on the southwest part of the trail), and ran it counterclockwise. Couple of advantages to this route: 1. It breaks up the climb a little bit, which is nice on trails that go straight up-down, 2. It passes by the White Rock trailhead around mile 4, which is a good opportunity to use the bathroom or grab cached water, if you need either. I also liked the grade uphill going counterclockwise; it walks the line to where you have to put in some extra effort without needing to slow down much. CCW is marginally steeper and might require some walking for less experienced runners. I don't see either way being safer or easier as someone suggested; this is not a difficult, poorly marked, or technical trail. Apr 2, 2019

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