The Feather Creek Loops are two great singletrack loops benched into deep, lush forests. They have no outstanding view points or destination. No lakes or rivers. Just great trails meandering through the woods. The trail is either moderately climbing or descending, but never steep for any sustained distance. The run can be done in any number of directions by mixing up the two loops. I would definitely recommend these trails to most any runner out there.
The area is rangeland. You may be greeted by bovine at the trailhead and along the creek after descending the eastern most section of trail.
From the trailhead, head east and cross the creek; the trails split immediately after crossing the creek and you are faced with three choices. To follow the route as mapped, turn left to head up the western most trail (Feather Creek Loop Trail - Outer
) which follows Feather Creek for a little over a mile before the trail turns east and you climb up to meet the other trails on the ridge. The trail junctions with Feather Creek Loop Trail - Inner
2.5 miles into the run. Here you could turn right and run down to complete the smaller five mile loop, but to follow the mapped run, turn left and continue north up the ridge to the top of Feather Creek Loop Trail - Outer
. The descent off the top of the ridge down the eastern most section of the system is fun, well built, scenic and isolated.
Big cedars, moss, and vine maples make up much of the vegetation down into the Laguna Creek drainage. After descending, the Feather Creek Loop Trail - Outer
levels out along Laguna Creek and follows the creek back to the trailhead. Here you can continue back up to do another loop, or stop by the car for a lunch or beer.
The run here continues up the Feather Creek Loop Trail - Inner
(the middle trail of the the three) to then descend the western extent of the Feather Creek Loop Trail - Outer
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