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Far East / Founders Valley Loop

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 5.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Lots of sharp turns, switchbacks, rocks, steep but short ups/downs, and great views, right in the middle of the city!


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2.9

Miles

4.7

KM

94%

Runnable

3,432' 1,046 m

High

3,257' 993 m

Low

327' 100 m

Up

327' 100 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

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Overview

The trailhead is near the main parking lot of Founders Park, which has a 24-hour restroom facility.

Need to Know

Free parking and access. 24 hour restroom at parking lot.

Runner Notes

You'll appreciate having a firm shoe for this rugged terrain.

Description

This is a 3.1-mile loop that combines two trails (Far East and Founders Valley). The trail is very well-marked and there are many other trails that intersect this one, so many other routes can be improvised.

History & Background

This route is in the privately owned Hanson-Larsen Memorial Park, which features over 20 miles of running and mountain biking trails open to the public! There are many other trails in the Park, and many fun routes that can be created by combining them. For more on the park, see visitrapidcity.com/things-t…

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Shared By:

John Pearson

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Near the turn back point, looking back to the city.
Jun 28, 2019 near Rapid City, SD
Looking up the trail and across the valley.
Jun 28, 2019 near Rapid City, SD
Looking back down the trail, and up the ravine.
Jun 28, 2019 near Rapid City, SD
Looking back towards the trail across the ravine.
Jun 28, 2019 near Rapid City, SD
Looking back on the first climb of the trail.
Jun 28, 2019 near Rapid City, SD
Looking up the trail between boulders.
Jun 28, 2019 near Rapid City, SD

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