Shooting Star Trailhead Loop
ElevationAscent: 207' 63 m
Descent: -212' -65 m
High: 827' 252 m
Low: 701' 214 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“A 2.4-mile loop of the Gans Creek Main Loop with great views (and one short side trip).”— Paul P
It will only be a short while before you detour to the west on the #3 Connector Trail. This trail will lead you through an oak hickory forest to great bluff views overlooking Gans Creek. The trail goes down to the creek, but this loop does NOT cross. Instead, take a left hand turn to head south on the #2 Connector Trail. Here there is a great flat stretch of singletrack that leads up the valley. Once you've enjoyed the flat, a big switchback up will climb through a small valley. If you're up for a short side trip (west) to one more great blufftop view, hang a right at an intersection with the Gans Creek Main Loop, following that trail out to a viewpoint before retracing your steps.
Return east and make your way back toward the parking lot on the Gans Creek Main Loop trail, which here has a red blaze. You'll pass through the group camping area where there are restrooms, and continue back into the thick cedars/honeysuckles to return to the trailhead.
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