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blue North Old Mac Trail

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Trail

3.7 mile 6.0 kilometer point to point
81% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,631' 497 m
Descent: -93' -28 m
High: 3,001' 915 m
Low: 1,421' 433 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 52% (28°)

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Trail shared by Matt Sloan

The more moderate side of the longer Old Mac mountain loop.

Matt Sloan

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Backcountry permits are required to stay overnight.

Runner Notes

Numerous roots and rocks along the trail - wear stiffer trail runners as this one is not great for minimalist shoes.

Description

This trail follows the easier side of the Old Mac trails, with a lower grade than the South Old Mac Trail. The route will lead curious runners to the jeep road leading up to a fire tower. Make sure you check out the views from the tower...it's worth the 1/2-mile trek up the hill, especially once you've made it this far!

There are plenty of wildflowers and a nice backcountry camping site at the meeting of North and South Old Mac Trail.

Flora & Fauna

There are plenty of rattlesnakes in the area, so be careful to avoid them. Many wildflowers including wild violets and daisies along the trail, especially during the spring.

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