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Green River Game Lands Loop #2



8.4 mile 13.6 kilometer loop
85% Runnable


Ascent: 1,632' 497 m
Descent: -1,643' -501 m
High: 2,191' 668 m
Low: 1,045' 318 m


Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)


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A scenic run along the Green River and then a climb up to views of the gorge and other peaks.

Eli Smith

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife


This is a nice long loop that, for much of the run, stays relatively close to water. There are some great views of the gorge and peaks, and nice waterfalls along the trails that make this run really special. The trails are all natural surface trails and mostly singletrack with a few rocky sections scattered throughout the whole loop. Runners will have to do some rock hopping at several creek crossings, but there is no wading. The crossings can be easily done unless the water levels are abnormally high. There is a sturdy wooden bridge for crossing above Stair Step Falls. Stair Step Falls does not have a trail to the base. The grade is very steep.
The trail is closer to 12 miles in length.

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The Green River Cove Trail section is great for trail running.


From the parking area on the north side of Green River Cove Road, follow Green River Cove to the southwest. The loop parallels the Green River for 2.8 miles with only a little bit of an uphill grade. At the junction with Pulliam Creek Trail, turn right to begin ascending slowly as the trail traverses over to meet and then follow Pulliam Creek.

Run through some nice hemlock trees, and at about 4.7 miles into the run, at the junction, turn right onto Rock Hop Trail; follow this to the junction with Bishop Branch Trail and turn south. The loop continues to climb but never up terribly steep grades. Turn left at the junction with Bear Branch Trail and then shortly after a right onto Long Ridge.

The trail reaches it highest point at the junction with Long Ridge and Stair Step Falls Trail. As you descend Stair Step Falls, there are nice views of the gorge and Tryon Peak. At the junction with Turkey Gut, there is a nice waterfall just down stream of the wooden bridge that can make a nice resting place.

Turn right onto Turkey Gut, then quickly right again onto the Bluff Trail. This is a steep descent back to the trailhead.

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Jan 18, 2019
Kelly Boone

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The Green River along Green River Cove Trail
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