Hayden Lake Loop
ElevationAscent: 475' 145 m
Descent: -471' -144 m
High: 972' 296 m
Low: 861' 262 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)
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“This is an easy to intermediate trek on both paved and dirt trails through various ecosystems.”— Ashley Skoglund
There are various parts of the run where you'll need to run on the paved path. About 1.5 miles in on the horse/running trail, you'll come to a T where you'll want to take a right. Keep following until you get to the sign for the campgrounds and keep right. You'll come to the paved path again and take a left. Follow the paved path for about 50 yards and the horse/running trail will start up agin on the right. This will take you to a T at a dirt road for camper cabins at Hayden Lake. If you take a right, there is a bathroom just up the hill.
To continue the run, take a left towards French Lake Road. Take a right on the paved path and follow about 25 yards until the horse/running trail picks up again on the left of the path. This portion will take you along the road and behind some houses. You'll also pass a parking lot.
A ways down, you'll cross a bridge over Elm Creek. At Goose Lake Road, there will be the the trailhead for the mountain bike area with parking and another bathroom. Follow the trail to the right. When you get to Elm Creek Road, where the paved path crosses the road, keep right and do not cross the road. You'll come to another T at Elm Creek Road, keep right and cross the road bridge over Elm Creek, but watch for cars as it is a narrow bridge.
Keep right where the trail starts up and follow it until you come to a T with the paved path. Take a left and follow it to Elm Creek Road and cross. Follow the paved path back to the Eastman Nature Center.
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