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black Snowshoe Hike #7

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2.5 mile 4.0 kilometer loop
88% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 433' 132 m
Descent: -432' -132 m
High: 498' 152 m
Low: 107' 33 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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Trail shared by Betty Anne Fequet

The knoll is viewed from the chalet and all parts of the lower trail network... climb it!

Betty Anne Fequet

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

Take the easiest most direct route to the base of the knoll so there'll be more time to enjoy it. Climb up. Ooh and aah, explore, take pictures, have a snack, climb down, and return to the chalet. You did it!

Need to Know

The fully serviced chalet is open during ski season and snowshoe trail passes are required for use of winter trails. There is no fee for off season trail use, but donations are appreciated.

Runner Notes

The trail surface of D1 has obstacles that make it unsuitable for running. Most people prefer to use Games Trail nearby

Description

From the chalet turn left briefly onto B1, then follow the connecting trail across Jackrabbit Loop to the start of C1. Turn left towards OMG Bridge. At the base of OMG Hill on Games Trail, cross over to D1 on the other side. There is some climbing up the side of a hill to cross Games Trail again, then D1 continues as a roller coaster trail to about the C3 turnoff and then levels briefly across Rabbit Run/Games Trail connector.

Just beyond and up from the storage shed by the ski trail, turn onto Snowshoe Trail D3. The incline is moderate with a few steep bits right to the intersection of D6. Snowshoe Trail D6 becomes steep but not dangerously so as there are trees to grasp along the way. Pass the intersection with D7, continue climbing up and past the intersection with E3, climb a little farther, then reach the summit. That wasn't so hard.

The trail back down is quite relaxing. Snowshoe Trail D6 crosses Games Trail and merges with D1. Do the second lap of D1 in reverse for a quick return to the chalet. This is the shortest route to take in D6 and the knoll.

Flora & Fauna

Encounter six or more unique habitats along the way, each with a different assemblage of plants. For more information, visit the Birch Brook website.

History & Background

Most of Snowshoe Trail D1 was the original Games Trail route. It was a challenge to groom so Games Trail was rerouted.

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