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Back Draft Trail #546

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3.0

Miles

4.9

KM

67%

Runnable

3,138' 957 m

High

2,151' 656 m

Low

1,037' 316 m

Up

1,009' 308 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (7°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

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Description

The Back Draft Trail is a connector trail, allowing a resolute runner to travel from the Shenandoah Mountain Trail (447) near Wallace Peak to the top of Walker Mountain or the Mill Mountain Trail #492 when combined with a couple of other trails. It has no views. The section of trail on the eastern slope of Walker Mountain is in terrible shape in 2020 - the trail doesn't even exist, though copious blazing is found on trees so you cannot get lost. The western slope of Walker Mountain is in much better shape, and a better run that avoids the eastern slope can be accomplished by running this trail to the ridge of Walker Mountain, running south on the old woods road (really now a trail, as the road has been closed for years), and then descending using the Sam Judd Ramsey Trail #660 to the Clayton Mill Road.

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Jeff Monroe

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The condition of the trail on the western slope of Walker Mountain is much better than what is found on the eastern slope.
Mar 25, 2020 near Staunton, VA
Winter view looking wet from western slope of Walker Mountain.
Mar 25, 2020 near Staunton, VA
Photo taken near the top of Walker Mountain on its eastern slope. Prolific blazing helps hikers follow the general direction of the Backdraft Trail, but it is accurate to state that no real trail exists here.
Mar 25, 2020 near Staunton, VA

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