Features: Birding — Fall Colors — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
This incredible ridgeline climb begins at the junction of Paine Run Trail
near its western terminus. A couple of switchbacks will lead you up to the beginning of the ridge. Once on the ridge, the trail follows it north while jumping back and forth between the west and east sides. The views from either side are spectacular in the late fall.
The ascent of the ridge is relentless with only a couple sections of switchbacks and even fewer level spots. The trail starts in the valley at around 1,500 feet and the summit of Mt. Tray foot is at around 3,300 feet. You'll reach the peak around the 3.7-mile marker where the trail finally starts to head downhill. The views from the summit may be diminished by tree leaves during spring and summer seasons.
As the trail heads back down, it will cross the trailhead of the Furnace Mountain Trail
. The trail will terminate along the base of the Blackrock Peak access. Runners can either take the Blackrock Spur Trail
to the peak or continue around the base to the end of this trail at the connector trail that leads to either the Blackrock Parking lot to the north or the Blackrock Gap Parking lot to the south.