Mysterious Cabin Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,215' 370 m
Descent: -1,213' -370 m
High: 3,832' 1,168 m
Low: 2,708' 825 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A fun nine-mile loop with waterfalls and hunting cabins along the way.”— Matt Kirby
Continue for 1 more mile and look for a small pull-off BEFORE the switchback on the gravel road. You'll see a small rise where the Forest Service created a barrier to prevent 4x4s from access. This is the trailhead.
Start the run on the West Fork Moses Creek Trail. In less than a mile, you'll come across a creek crossing. Cross the creek and follow the trail as it continues uphill, following the creek most the way.
In less than 2 miles, you'll begin a significant climb along the creek, eventually passing a waterfall on your left. The ascent climbs above the waterfall. Continue on to a junction. Going left at this junction will take you back down near the creek crossing.
For this loop, you'll take the trail to the right and continue for about 1 more mile to the hunter's cabins. The cabins are located on private property, so please respect the owner's property.
Continue on the roadbed for 1 more mile until you come to a forest service gate. Here, you connect back to Moses Creek Road. Head down (slight right) and follow the road for 5 miles back to your parked vehicle.
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Local Club: Plott Balsam Runners
Land Manager: USFS - North Carolina National Forests Office