ElevationAscent: 481' 147 m
Descent: -486' -148 m
High: 9,304' 2,836 m
Low: 8,859' 2,700 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)
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“A pleasant loop that starts and ends at Panorama Point and provides access to the Reverand's Ridge Campground.”— Kristen McGlynn
Speaking of the Connector, if you're looking to add a little more distance and ascent/descent to your hike, starting and finishing at the official TH behind the campground office adds an extra mile in the form of a steady decline through lodgepole pine forest. (As a bonus, while there are vault toilets at Panorama Point, there are flush toilets and sinks at Reverend's Ridge - and even showers, for a small fee.)
At 0.4 miles, the Raccoon Trail branches to the northwest and starts down a steady slope that runs through evergreens interspresed with the occasional aspen grove. The trail crossed one small bridge and continues downhill for roughly the next 0.8 miles before coming to a clearing and a junction with a short doubletrack that connects to Damascus Road. Turn south to stay on the Raccoon Trail.
The second half of the trail trends gradually uphill on a wider doubletrack through tall spruce trees. Eventually, you'll come to another junction with the Mule Deer Trail. Turn left here to climb back up to Panorama Point.
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