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Trail

2.6 mile 4.2 kilometer point to point
92% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 476' 145 m
Descent: -207' -63 m
High: 435' 133 m
Low: 163' 50 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

Undoubtedly the most technical and physically demanding trail in TBV.

Tom Robson

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

This is without a doubt the gnarliest trail in all of Trout Brook Valley. Although its strewn with rocks and roots, all of this trail is runnable.

Description

From its start off of White Trail, Red Trail heads straight to the ridgeline. By way of doubletrack, then tight singletrack, the trail winds to its crux as difficulty as possible, it seems. As you amble over sharp, granitic boulders strewn across the trail, it turns sharply right, uphill, to a rope-assisted ascent. This root and rock-filled slope pitches steeply then mellows, allowing runners to take a breath.

From here, continue North as you skirt along the view-filled precipice. If you're lucky, you'll see some awesome rhododendron and mountain laurel alongside the views.

The trail pitches upwards on one more tricky slope, then begins a very steep downward pitch. After this root/rock-filled extravaganza, the trail turns left, following Green Trail across a small stream on a wooden bridge.

Even though the hardest parts of this trail are over, it doesn't mean the rest is easy...

The trail turns left again, seemingly only for the purpose of cruelty, and enters another brutal climb. From the top the trail continues trending mostly uphill over the typical rocks and roots found in TBV.

At its terminus, Red Trail meets White Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Mountain Laurel and rhododendron.

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Land Manager: Aspetuck Land Trust

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