Coal Mining Heritage Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 213' 65 m
Descent: -219' -67 m
High: 2,116' 645 m
Low: 1,983' 604 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A fun wooded singletrack that loops around the Huckleberry Trail.”— Steve Creech
Starting from the parking lot near the trash and recycling center, descend the beautifully constructed boardwalk, and within 100 feet, you'll reach an intersection. Going clockwise on the trail means taking a left. The trail starts out at its widest on a wide, gentle track before quickly passing through a small meadow and entering into the woods.
The trail weaves along, gently going downhill until you reach a bridge crossing over Slate Branch. 100 feet after the bridge, the CMHL intersects the paved Huckleberry Trail. Watch for bikes speeding downhill at the intersection. Continue straight across the Huckleberry Trail and the CMHL begins to ascend, generally traveling northeast while contouring around drainages with a few switchbacks before you descend back to another intersection with the Huckleberry Trail. Again, continue straight to the bottom of the boardwalk to remain on the CMHL, and you'll shortly reach your starting point. This trail can be combined with a run on the paved Huckleberry Trail or the CMHP Railroad Access Road for variety.
Be friendly out there and say "hi"; this is a popular trail for walkers, runners, and the occasional mountain biker.
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Land Manager: Montgomery County Parks & Recreation