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Coal Vein Trail

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0.8 Miles 1.2 Kilometers


99%

Runnable

45' 14 m

Ascent

-46' -14 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

2,506' 764 m

High

2,477' 755 m

Low

Shared By Karen Ryberg

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This is a short interpretive trail in Theodore Roosevelt National Park with a brochure available at the trailhead.

Karen Ryberg

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

An exposed coal vein along this trail caught fire and burned slowly for 26 years, hence the name of the trail. The vein is no longer burning, but the trail remains. Brochures are available at the trailhead, and information in the brochure matches numbered markers along the trail that are used to point out the geology and ecology of the area. This trail does have some steep sections and stairs, but there is a cutoff that skips most of the steeper parts. It is not handicapped-accessible because of stairs shortly after the start. The trail is not particularly spectacular or interesting for serious runners, but it makes for a nice stop in the park for families and others that want shorter options.

Flora & Fauna

Rocky mountain juniper, prairie grasses, wildflowers, and bison are abundant in the area.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Theodore Roosevelt

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