Hood Branch Loop
ElevationAscent: 635' 194 m
Descent: -614' -187 m
High: 1,272' 388 m
Low: 783' 239 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 48% (26°)
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“Hood Branch is an incredible run with a challenging climb to begin and stunning scenery.”— Chris Chaney
The Low Gap Trail and Rock Garden Trail West get high traffic, but the Hood Branch Trail is a nice change from the crowds of the state park.
At the top of the rock steps the grade eases and you can settle into picking your line through rocks and roots along the edge of a cliff with a few smooth sections interspersed. You'll breathe a sigh of relief when you see the big arch ahead of you.
Look for the Hood Branch Trail just before being forced into a narrow passage (Fat Man's Misery). Hood Branch Trail is a nice quiet trail with some great views in wintertime of the surrounding cliffs. It winds back to the trailhead.
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