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Soapstone, Santee Branch, Bull Run Loop

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Length

2.7 Miles 4.4 Kilometers

88%

Runnable

Elevation

436' 133 m

Ascent

-425' -130 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

311' 95 m

High

96' 29 m

Low

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This run links up three fun trails into a challenging but short loop.

Chris Freeman

Overview

There is a good amount of descent and climbing and quite a few streams to cross either over stepping stones or just running through. The meadows along the Santee Branch Trail are a real treat with wildflowers, berries, and butterflies. The smell is lovely!
Features: River/Creek — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Description

Beginning with a gentle downhill, you cross a few streams before heading uphill at a fairly steep gradient past the parking lot. Joining a paved road for a short uphill, you rejoin the Santee Branch Trail for a while, which is quite narrow with roots and small rocks.

The Santee Branch to Bull Run Connector is next, but this route deviates a bit from the published trail on maps. Parts are narrow as you go through meadows of wildflowers and butterflies. The downhill sections are steep, rocky, and with stuck out roots, so be careful here.

You'll eventually cross a larger stream over stepping stones before paralleling the Soapstone Trail for the final leg to the finish. Watch out for mountain bikers and other runners, especially in the narrow sections.

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