ElevationAscent: 80' 24 m
Descent: -84' -26 m
High: 546' 166 m
Low: 507' 154 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)
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“A nice trail that travels under heavy canopy for comfortable running in the National Grasslands.”— John Shuttlesworth
One specific thing to note is to be aware of hunting seasons, as this area is all public access. Even non-hunters should wear fluorescent material during the hunting season as an extra safety precaution.
The path is singletrack, with short sections that widen out, due to trail work. It is a sandy consistency which makes for easier running when wet, but can certainly drain you when dry and loose. As you travel in a southeastern direction you eventually come to a small gate that is typically closed and marks where the trail turns sharply back to the west. Just on the other side of the gate is another dispersed camping area with composting toilets and potable water that is great for refilling your bottles. After the sharp turn the trail becomes less straight and leisurely winds through the forest as you near the shores of Coffee Mill Lake. Pay attention to the map and trail markers in this area, as there are many unmarked paths that lead to the lake's shore that can create a bit of a maze. You continue north and eventually end back at the Bois d'Arc camping area.
Overall it is a great trail with lots of shade, wildlife, and solitude. I would certainly recommend any run in the Caddo National Grasslands, if not for the solitude alone. This is a lush 17,000 acre federal green space that is largely utilized by hunters, in season, and equestrian, but provides great access to nature, outdoors and solitude.
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Land Manager: USFS - Caddo & LBJ National Grasslands Ranger District