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Mt. Kit Carson Loop Road

Easy/Intermediate
 4.0 (2)

An easy road with great views.


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Map Key

6.6

Miles

10.7

KM

93%

Runnable

5,188' 1,581 m

High

3,822' 1,165 m

Low

237' 72 m

Up

1,527' 465 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

None. Can be used for skiing in winter or running, mountain biking, or horseback in warmer months.

Runner Notes

Easy. All down hill if start at top or uphill if start from the bottom. Old road so it is wide and impossible to loose. There are many connecting trails that intersect the road.

Description

Park a car at the Lower Loop Road Trailhead to use as a shuttle, and drive a second car to the Cooks Cabin Trailhead. The Loop Road was closed to all but authorized vehicles in 1995.

It runs generally downhill passing the CCC camp, around the base of both Day Mountain and Mt. Kit Carson and crosses a logged area owned by Boise Cascade where there are good views to the north. It also passes a gated connector road leading down to the Blanchard Creek Road (Trail 183), and further south it passes the Day Mountain Road (2.5 miles to park boundary gate).

After a short climb over Smith Gap (where there is a toilet and picnic table), it descends through a beautiful old-growth cedar-hemlock forest to the lower trailhead. There are several streamside picnic tables along the route.

Flora & Fauna

Possible to see deer, moose, rabbits, squirrels, and birds.

Contacts

Local Club: Trail Maniacs

Land Manager: WSP - Mount Spokane State Park

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  4.0 from 2 votes

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#551

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#11,574

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Jan 10, 2018 near Otis Or…, WA
Just beautiful...
Jan 10, 2018 near Otis Or…, WA
Just some nice scenery
Feb 7, 2018 near Otis Or…, WA
On way back down... setting sun.
Jan 10, 2018 near Otis Or…, WA
Warming hut..
Feb 7, 2018 near Otis Or…, WA
Bridge on Trail 100.
Feb 11, 2016 near Otis Or…, WA

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