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Ragged Mountain Reservoir Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun trail in-and-around the reservoir.


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6.9

Miles

11.0

KM

88%

Runnable

976' 297 m

High

644' 196 m

Low

1,142' 348 m

Up

1,142' 348 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

46%

Max Grade (25°)

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Features Birding · Lake

Overview

Absolutely beautiful and spectacular, this trail meanders and rolls through typical eastern hardwoods and around the reservoir. The trail is very easy to follow and is well marked with a couple of other trails interconnecting to reach down to the water or to go a bit higher, but they all reconvene at this main trail.

Need to Know

The trails are connected well enough that it's easy to get back on track if you get off on the wrong loop.

Runner Notes

A pretty heinous run from the lower parking area. I ran in road running shoes and was still fine.

Description

It is impeccably maintained, and when I did it there was steady rain and I was very impressed with how well it drained. There is about 1,000 feet in elevation gain over the course of the run, but it is fairly gentle the whole way, with the exception of a steep but brief climb in the beginning.

Flora & Fauna

Wooden bears and a pair of turtles.

Contacts

Land Manager: Albemarle County

Shared By:

Jay Smith with improvements by Jason Doedderlein and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 8 votes

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  4.3 from 8 votes
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Ragged Mountain Reservoir Lake
Jul 14, 2019 near Charlot…, VA

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Jun 9, 2019
Jason Doedderlein
Absolutely splendid trail and run. fairly heavy and constant rain but perfect temp. trail drains perfectly so few issues. gentle rolling. singletra… 6.2mi — 1h 14m
Mar 20, 2019
Miles Luning
6.4mi — 1h 25m