ElevationAscent: 236' 72 m
Descent: -268' -82 m
High: 587' 179 m
Low: 319' 97 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)
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“A short loop inviting visitors to enjoy a lush exposed start and a few waterfalls along the way.”— Eric Ashley
This is one of the best parts of the trail as the lush greenery surrounds the runner and a few views of the lake shine through from below. There are sections of roots and rocks to add to the exposed feel, but once the trail reaches a small overlook it moves more onto the slope and is much simpler as it continues to climb.
At roughly a 0.3 miles, keep right to stay on the Hillside Trail unless you want to explore the Hillside Spur that noticeably terminates without a lookout contrary to what the park map indicates. From the intersection, the singletrack begins to wind down on a smoother tread as it eventually passes in and out of the trees and past a number of waterfalls. At the bottom, you'll arrive at the same waterfall where the trail began. Here you'll find a nice view platform and an even better look at the flowing water.
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