ElevationAscent: 682' 208 m
Descent: -698' -213 m
High: 861' 262 m
Low: 375' 114 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“A loop on wooded trails with the added bonus of a glimpse into the park's rich pastoral past.”— Kristen Arendt
From the start, climb a short hill on the Orchard Trail: Millbrook Village to Hamilton Ridge Trail Connector. The trail quickly flattens out and then starts a very gradual descent to its junction with the Hamilton Ridge Trail where you'll take a left. Continue along the Hamilton Ridge Trail for a little over a mile and a half. The trail continues gradually descending through the majestic eastern hardwood forests the are prominent in the area. This trail was once a road, and you'll come across crumbling remnant of pavement along the trail.
From the Hamilton Ridge Trail, take a right onto the Pioneer Trail. The trail briefly flattens out and you may spot remnants of old farmhouse buildings and structures such as stone fences and old lime kilns. This is a particularly special opportunity to observe the active reclamation of farm fields by the forests from which they were originally cleared. You may also spot views of the Delaware River through the trees.
At about 4.5 miles, the Pioneer Trail starts to climb with a couple steeper sections back up to its junction with the Hamilton Ridge Trail. This section will be the most strenuous part of the run so be sure to save some energy for the run back up.
Take a left back onto the Hamilton Ridge Trail and trace your steps back down to the Orchard Trail: Millbrook Village to Hamilton Ridge Trail Connector and back to your car. If you have some additional time, stop by the Millbrook Historic Village - on summer weekends several of the buildings are open to the public.
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