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Deer Valley Loop

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 5.0 (4)

Travel through the base of a valley along the southern boundary of Afton State Park.


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Map Key

2.6

Miles

4.1

KM

89%

Runnable

989' 301 m

High

801' 244 m

Low

379' 116 m

Up

375' 114 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Start from near where the south end of the Lower Afton Alps meets with the Parking Lot Connector. Head west from the circle down into the valley. The trail turns south once you get to the creek, and follows until after you pass the park entrance road.

The trail then loops around to the west and south before coming back down into the valley. Follow it east, where you head just south of where you were before. You'll be mostly in hardwoods, covering deeply cut valleys that open to small patches of prairie on either side. Eventually the trail approaches a farm field, and passes just to the north of it until turning north and crosses under the Park Entry Trail and park entry road again, and finally meets back up where you started.

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Shared By:

Robert Nack

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Beautiful fall colors and a light fog in the valley
Oct 27, 2015 near Afton, MN

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May 17, 2017
Bill Schmelzer
south river trail to deer creek loop to connector back to visitor center. beautiful singletrack on deer creek. part 2 of 2 for 25k 5.5mi