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!
Features: 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.