ElevationAscent: 136' 41 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 864' 263 m
Low: 729' 222 m
GradeAvg Grade: 33% (18°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)
Popular runs nearby
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5 Wonders Trail
4.3 mi 6.9 km • Loop • 638 ft Ascent 194.59 m Ascent
Rosario to the Points and Back
4.1 mi 6.7 km • Loop • 534 ft Ascent 162.65 m Ascent
Mount Erie Summit
3.6 mi 5.8 km • Out and Back • 1,073 ft Ascent 326.98 m Ascent
Lake Padden Trail Half Marathon
13.7 mi 22.0 km • Point to Point • 1,677 ft Ascent 511.22 m Ascent
“A crackerjack climb with a handful of roots and primitive stairs up very steep terrain.”— Eric Ashley
As the steepest route in the park, Fred's Trail isn't for everyone. But if you feel up to it, it's full of character and interesting challenges. Locate the "caution" sign at the intersection of Bonnie and Clyde's across from the West Loop. This starting point begins as a steep gravel side-slope with a few buried rocks to aid your passage along the challenging grade.
Ahead, a collection of faint rock steps lead to a tight switchback where the trail turns and climbs along an exposed root (sort of a natural staircase that's pretty cool to see)! Just afterward is another switchback that heads into a bit of scramble that can be tricky when wet or covered in summer's dust.
Fred's Trail caps things off with another steep section that's been supplemented with tall, narrow steps. From there, there's just a little ways to go to reach Fred's Connector which leads toward Ginny's Trail to the left or the Pickering Viewpoint to the right.
It is possible to run down, but it's much easier to navigate going up. From time to time, locals will even bring loaded packs on Fred's Trail to practice for mountaineering.
Land Manager: City of Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation