Ramsey's Draft Loop
ElevationAscent: 2,633' 802 m
Descent: -2,637' -804 m
High: 4,124' 1,257 m
Low: 2,299' 701 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 25% (14°)
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“A great loop along a stream (multiple crossings) and then up and along a ridge.”— Mike Taylor
There is no fee or permit for dispersed camping (outside a designated campsite). Group size is limited to no more than 10 people. Camping stay is limited to 21 consecutive days. Please place your campsite at least 200 feet from a stream or any other watersource. Practice 'Pack-In/ Pack-Out' camping. There are nor amenities such as water and restrooms nor trash cans.
Follow 'Leave No Trace' guidelines.
Hang your food in this area, I had a bear get into my food back that was only tied off to a tree (Ursack). He wasn't interested in me.. just the food.
There are some stretches along the river that have sticker bushes.. they are plentiful and will 'slow' your run if they touch your pack or clothing.. so be careful and try to run when they are high (mid-summer).
There are multiple level camping spots along the river with stone fire rings, but you can camp anywhere you like.
The next section of the run leaves the water's edge and ascends a 12% slope up to the junction with Hiner Springs Trail and Hiner's Spring (a great source of water and camping). The area opens to a meadow and the natural spring has plenty of water in the springtime, but dries up in late summer. This may be the last water you see on the loop, if you are running clockwise.
Running up and over the ridge is quite strenuous with many up and down segments, but the trail is well marked and you're rewarded with excellent views that open to the north and south. Some of the trail is rocky, some is pine needles, and some just a dirt path. And of course, some is water and rock hopping to cross the stream. If you take this when Rhododendrons are in bloom you'll have a spectacular show. Join up with Bridge Hollow Trail heading west. This last stretch back down to the water is steep and rocky, so watch your step, especially if it's been raining.
Hardwood forest will will provide plenty of beauty and firewood for your campfire.
There are bears in this area, but I have only seen scat.. the bears don't like the people and I'm glad for that.
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