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Al Buehler Cross Country Trail

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Trail

2.9 mile 4.7 kilometer point to point
99% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 159' 49 m
Descent: -170' -52 m
High: 387' 118 m
Low: 277' 85 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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Trail shared by Mikhaila Redovian

This trail is the larger of two available at the Duke Forest and includes scenic surroundings.

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The Al Buehler Trail loop is just under 3 miles, and it's a great trail when taken in either direction. Signposts appear at the 1/4 mile and 1k marks. There are several points where you can start, either from the parking lot near the intersection of Erwin Rd and Cameron, or further east, past the entrance to the Washington Duke country club.

If you take the loop in a clockwise direction (opposite the signposts), you'll cross over a bridge near mile marker 2, and you can take a left at that point to add on the Sally Meyerhoff exercise loop, which is about another 1k to 3/4 mile. There are exercise stations along this loop if you want to test your balance or do some other workouts.

When you return to the Al Buehler Trail, you'll continue over some mild rises until you near mile marker 1.5, where you climb up a bit, going behind one of the golf tees. The drop back down is even more dramatic and then you'll cross over two small bridges in rapid succession before reaching the 1-mile marker. From there, it's a quick jaunt back to the start of the loop and your vehicle.

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Photos

View atop Ole Steepy
Nov 26, 2017 near Durham, NC
A white-throated sparrow can be seen near the Al Buehler Trail.
Nov 22, 2016 near Durham, NC

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