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Raven Rocks Run 10k

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6.5 mile 10.5 kilometer point to point
91% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 892' 272 m
Descent: -899' -274 m
High: 856' 261 m
Low: 365' 111 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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Trail shared by Rob Cummings

The Raven Rocks Run is a 10k that has it all - steep climbs, open meadows, singletrack, and more.

Rob Cummings

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Overview

The highlights of the Raven Rocks Run course are the Raven Rocks overlook and the Fire Tower climb. The overlook has an easterly view overlooking Pound Ridge, NY. The Fire Tower summit has no view, but the scramble to get to the top (after a tough 1/2 mile climb beforehand) is a highlight of the course and the park.

Description

The course starts in the meadow near the Cross River. It heads across the meadow then turns south up to the hills. Near the start of the course, runners get to the new Covered Bridge Trail and cross the covered bridge. This trail is new steep singletrack. It joins with the Fox Hill Trail and then continues out to the Michigan Road camping area. It cuts through the Swamp Trail and joins up with the Red Trail on its way to the Rock Trail.

Just after the Rock and Red Trail connection, at around the 3.0 mile mark of the course, runners reach the Raven Rocks overlook. After the overlook, the course is flat then heads downhill to join up with the Blue Trail where it heads north. The Blue Trail at this point is heading up to the highest point in the park - the Fire Tower summit at the top of Cross River Mountain. The climb is continuous and rocky at some points. Just before the summit, the trail turns into an uphill rock scramble for the last 100' of elevation gain.

After the Fire Tower summit (no actual fire tower, sadly) the course heads mostly downhill on the Blue Trail. The course then cuts over toward Pell Hill via the Pell Meadow Connector. Then it heads across the road to The Fox Hill Trail north (downhill) to the Cross River. It runs along the river for about a 1/2 mile or so back through the playground and back to the meadow to the finish.

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Raven Rocks overlook panorama.
Dec 21, 2015 near Pound R…, NY
Snowy run on the Red Trail.
Dec 21, 2015 near Pound R…, NY
Runners crossing Michigan Road campground area.
Dec 21, 2015 near Pound R…, NY
View of the Michigan Road campground meadow and hills.
Dec 21, 2015 near Pound R…, NY
Runners heading uphill from the new Covered Bridge.
Dec 21, 2015 near Pound R…, NY
Runners on the trail in the winter.
Dec 21, 2015 near Pound R…, NY

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