Vietnam Memorial Trail
ElevationAscent: 315' 96 m
Descent: -19' -6 m
High: 1,678' 512 m
Low: 1,365' 416 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“A beautiful trail that honors our Vietnam Veterans.”— John Parker
The trail begins with a mild climb up the hill along a very clearly marked and well-maintained path. The side of the trail contains multiple signs that present you with a history of the Vietnam War, statistics on the number of veterans missing/killed in action from each branch of the military, and several memorial signs honoring some of the fallen soldiers by name. About 1400 feet from the trailhead, there is a flag pole with an American flag, and some benches to sit on and reflect. There is also a guest book to sign and write comments. This spot also offers a beautiful view of the Vistancia area.
The trail continues up a moderate incline that passes several benches for resting and taking in the scenery. The summit has a large rock cairn and a final bench. The views are lovely and worth the trek to the top. The trail continues along a slightly more technical section until it meets what appears to be a very steep road that leads down to an old abandoned rock quarry. This seems to be the end of the official trail and a good place to turn around.
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