ElevationAscent: 2,327' 709 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 3,648' 1,112 m
Low: 1,321' 403 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 20% (12°)
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“A 5.2-mile stretch that follows creeks from the Twentymile Ranger Station to the Shuckstack Tower.”— Max Willner
Traveling from the ranger station and heading northeast, runners will find themselves on a steady incline. Over the course of just over 5 miles, there will be an elevation gain of nearly 1,500 feet. While the first 3 miles of trail are generally gentle, there will be some strenuous climbing in the latter half.
As for local fauna, black bears are common in the area, along with white-tailed deer and 31 species of salamanders.
For more information on black bears in the Smokies, refer to this webpage.
Birdwatchers can spot a variety of species, notably the northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) and red-eyed vireo (Vireo olivaceus).
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