Jacobs Ladder Trail
ElevationAscent: 27' 8 m
Descent: -653' -199 m
High: 2,758' 841 m
Low: 2,106' 642 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“A smooth, winding downhill trail leads to the Poverty Creek Trail through dense hardwood forest.”— Steve Creech
The top (eastern trailhead) of the trail begins at its junction with the terminus of the Horse Nettle Trail and Gateway Trail. The trail starts off with some switchbacks and then bombs down the side of the ridge in a steep descent. The grade mellows out two-thirds of the way down the trail, though the trail tends to become more technical and weave a bit more with more rocks and roots in the last third.
Just before its terminus with the orange-blazed Poverty Creek Trail is a creek crossing on well-spaced rocks. To return to either the upper/lower parking lots or to the May Apple Trail, Snake Root Trail, Royale Trail, and Joe Pye Trail, take a right on the Poverty Creek Trail. Taking a left takes you toward Queen Anne Trail, Skullcap Trail, Trillium Trail, and Indian Pipe Trail.
This is a shared trail with mountain bikers and horses. Keep a heads up and the earbuds out to listen for mountain bikers speeding down the hills. When encountering a horse, it is proper etiquette to step off the trail to the downhill side and stop until the horse has passed. Also, be sure to wear bright colors during hunting season (October 1st through the first week of January). And be friendly; say "hi" to other folks out enjoying the forest! And check out the Poverty Creek Trail Coalition on Facebook to see about opportunities to give back and do some trail service!
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Local Club: Poverty Creek Trails Coalition (PCTC)
Land Manager: USFS - George Washington & Jefferson National Forests
Oct 6, 2019: Cliff Fire Update Oct. 6, 2019 8:00 PM