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Raven Cliff Falls Loop

 4.5 (16)

7.8 Miles 12.5 Kilometers


83%

Runnable

1,745' 532 m

Ascent

-1,746' -532 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

52%

Max Grade (28°)

3,098' 944 m

High

1,782' 543 m

Low

Shared By Gary Roberson

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This run has everything from scenic waterfall views to extreme changes in elevation and a massive cliff wall.

Gary Roberson

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This run offers a scenic view of Raven Cliff Falls. There are great places to enjoy water from the mountain river, as well. This loop combines the Raven Cliff Falls Trail #11, the Gum Gap/Foothills Trail, the Naturaland Trust Trail #14, and the Dismal Trail #12 for a great adventure!

Runner Notes

Not a trail meant for running. Very steep in places.

Description

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.

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Aug 29, 2017
Amy White
Ran flat-ish approach and return trail, hiked middle section. 7.9mi — 3h 10m

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  4.5 from 16 votes

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The middle section of loop going down into the valley and back out is extremely rugged, particularly the route up if you do the loop clockwise. You'll be clambering over and under obstacles, using your hands to help lower yourself down or pull yourself up, and the footing is filled with rocks and roots. Definitely not runnable. Highly recommend trekking poles. Aug 29, 2017

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