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Cranberry Wilderness Loop

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Length

17.3 Miles 27.8 Kilometers

94%

Runnable

Elevation

1,831' 558 m

Ascent

-1,830' -558 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

4,496' 1,370 m

High

3,086' 941 m

Low

Conditions


All Clear 85 days ago
Dry, Muddy, Mostly Dry, Some Mud: Trail is well maintained but has some muddy and washed out areas the last few miles of the North-South Trail near Cran. River History

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Awesome Loop for some great Cranberry Wilderness scenery!

Jamie Singleton

Overview

Great run to enjoy some spectacular scenery at the Scenic Highway and as you drop into the Cranberry River basin. The Cranberry River offers some remote fishing experiences and beautiful waterfalls and creek side stops. The Cranberry River area does have some picnic tables and a shelter every few miles for those weary travelers.
Features: Cave — Fall Colors — River/Creek — Swimming — Wildflowers — Wildlife

Need to Know

The trails are mostly dry trail with a few washed out areas that you'll need to monitor your GPS for. However, the trail is well-marked in all areas.

Description

This is a great run starting on the North-South Trail #688 at the Scenic Highway. From the parking area, the trail is fairly level to where North Fork Trail #272 splits off to the south. Take North Fork Trail #272 as it gradually drops down to the Cranberry River. There is a camping shelter just south of the intersection of the river. Follow the trail west as it winds along paralleling the river to its end on Cranberry Road.

Run down Cranberry Road a couple miles and take the Tumbling Rock Trail #214 as it climbs back up to the North-South Trail #688 along the creek. It is only about 2.5 miles uphill, but it feels more like five miles uphill. The trail is an old railroad grade from the turn of the century and offers a great historical experience as some of the railroad timbers are still on the trail. At the intersection with the North-South Trail #688, turn right to head east back to the trailhead at the parking area at the Scenic Highway.

If you're backpacking, there are tons of camping spots along the way!

Flora & Fauna

Bear, Deer, Squirrels, Turkey, Trout, and Crawfish

History & Background

Cranberry Wilderness is a bear sanctuary and served the timber market at the turn of the century before being transformed into a National Forest.

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