Beaver Pond Trail
ElevationAscent: 422' 129 m
Descent: -363' -111 m
High: 1,304' 398 m
Low: 963' 294 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 48% (26°)
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“A rolling trail through unique segments of forest that ends in a rocky climb.”— Eric Ashley
From the east, exit off of the Wildcat Trail and head up a mellow climb through the trees. The shorter undergrowth in this area gives the forest a nice, open feeling. After 0.3 miles, begin the gentle descent that continues across the road (GM-3).
On the other side, the winding singletrack follows an entrenched channel as it weaves through the ferns and undergrowth. The forest, while denser here, is still quite lovely. Just past an unassuming creek crossing, the trail begins rising as it parallels a road.
The next section is pretty short and involves about a half mile of climbing as the trail bobs about past a shallow pond and clumps of salal. Cross over the road (GM-1) to arrive in a cool, mossy forest that leads to a swampy pond. The views are shrouded overall, but it's still a nice waypoint.
The trail becomes notably rocky as it begins to undulate en route to a bridge crossing. On the other side, it intersects with the Plummer Trail. The Beaver Pond Trail continues left and begins to climb. While it's still under the trees, the going is pretty easy, but as it enters the clearcut the grade steepens and the tread becomes rocky and loose. This last section is a bit of a grind, but it's doable. Fortunately, the views get better as you climb, and before you know it, you'll arrive at the intersection with the Gold Creek Trail.
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