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Stearns Trail

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3.3 mile 5.3 kilometer loop
88% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 564' 172 m
Descent: -548' -167 m
High: 7,451' 2,271 m
Low: 7,049' 2,149 m

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Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)

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A loop of the Cedar Mountain scenic rim trail with views of Craig and the Yampa River Valley.

Ryan Parnell

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This trail is a nice loop that makes for an enjoyable run. Most runners prefer a counterclockwise direction for this run, but it can be taken in either direction.

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Watch out for rattlesnakes.

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The parking lot at the trailhead is halfway up the mountain and has access to both ends of the loop. This is a somewhat technical run with some sand and loose dirt mostly surrounded by high desert shrubs. Many sections are so narrow that rocks and obstacles can't be avoided, and the brush on the sides of the trails hits your legs.

Running the loop counterclockwise, the downhill section leading to the parking lot is mostly sand and would be quite difficult to climb in the opposite direction.

The run is basically a climb to the top and then a nice loop along the ridge before descent back to the parking lot. Once on the ridge, you'll find many nice views of the valley below.

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The view down into the valley from the Cedar Mountain Trail.
Aug 16, 2017 near Craig, CO
Typical narrow singletrack through sage and brush.
Aug 16, 2017 near Craig, CO

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