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7.8 mile 12.5 kilometer loop
84% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,681' 512 m
Descent: -1,683' -513 m
High: 3,094' 943 m
Low: 1,782' 543 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 52% (27°)

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

Gary Roberson

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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Apr 17, 2019
John Allen
Aug 29, 2017
Amy White
Ran flat-ish approach and return trail, hiked middle section. 7.9mi — 3h 10m

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  4.4 from 23 votes

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