Mt. Airy Outside Loop
ElevationAscent: 574' 175 m
Descent: -591' -180 m
High: 867' 264 m
Low: 643' 196 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“A nice sampler of all that Mt. Airy has to offer.”— Chris Davis
At this point, either pick D Trail (Quarry Trail) or F Trail (Furnas Trail) and run down off the ridge. You'll cross a stream on either trail you choose, and then the trails converge after about 0.75 of a mile, and you'll follow F Trail (Furnas Trail) straight to begin the climb back out to the top of the ridge again. This part of the trail goes very close to the ravine (very steep sides, stay on the trail!).
Continue on to cross a couple of small ravines, then the trail will curve and head up Hawthorne Ravine. This ravine is quite wide, and the trees here are stunning in the fall (lots of maples), but with winter you get a fabulous sweeping view though the road noise is more prominent as well.
Keep left at the next two trail intersections—F Trail Connector and L Trail (Cedar Trail). This leads you down to the trailhead parking and a small picnic area. After a brief rest, prepare to climb, and take G Trail (Twin Bridges Trail) to climb back up the ravine to the ridge.
After climbing up the ridge, you'll pass the F Trail Connector the trail will then split, take the left split to pick up H Trail (Beechwood Trail). Once on this trail, you'll start to loose elevation quickly; use caution if it is wet as the combination of mud and slick hardwood leaves tends to make this area quite treacherous in wet weather.
At the next split in the trail, take H Trail Connector, stay left and cross behind and under Everybody’s Treehouse. Exit onto Trail Ridge Road and return to your car.
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