“This run has everything from scenic waterfall views to extreme changes in elevation and a massive cliff wall.”
— Gary Roberson
Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Not a trail meant for running. Very steep in places.
This is a great workout with a tremendous payoff. You start running on Raven Cliff Falls Trail #11
(easy) to Dismal Trail #12
. Follow the Dismal Trail to its end, running down over 2,000 feet in elevation. Then take a right onto the Naturaland Trust Trail #14
(strenuous) crossing over Matthews Creek at the bottom then beginning your ascent of over 2,000 feet in elevation.
Along the way, there is a great break spot on a ledge (see photo) and the Cathedral formation (also see photo). This section is very steep. We crossed Matthews Creek above the falls on a suspension bridge then took a right on the Gum Gap/Foothills Trail
all the way back to Raven Cliff Falls Trail #11
and eventually the parking lot.
This run is outstanding; you should definitely experience it for yourself. Be prepared, as with either direction this is a hard run with a well-earned payoff.