The Raiders of the Pines Fitness Loop
ElevationAscent: 2,217' 676 m
Descent: -2,231' -680 m
High: 2,835' 864 m
Low: 1,412' 430 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
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“A crazy route with diverse terrain, and gorgeous views in the Wilson Creek Area. This route was made for running.”— Brandon Thrower
Continue straight onto the MST until you reach the yellow blazed Raider Camp Trail. Turn left for a short out and back to the epic view of South Harper Falls. Return back to the intersection and the continue onto the MST (also Raider Camp). This section is an epic downhill with some technical spots to a mandatory creek crossing of Harper Creek.
Once across the creek, turn right (stay straight really) onto the Harper Creek Trail and follow this flatish trail back down to Brown Mountain Beach Road. Turn right onto the road and work your way back to the visitor center where you started.
If you'd like to add some additional length and scenery to your run, you can extend the loop by taking the Harper Creek Trail. You can even make this trail your starting point, and it will add similar views to your journey.
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