North Falmouth Community Forest
ElevationAscent: 515' 157 m
Descent: -514' -157 m
High: 511' 156 m
Low: 340' 104 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“Fun trail to run!”— Mari Balow
These trails are used frequently by mountain bikers, less so by runners, which is a shame, because the running here is good. The first/last mile is almost like a banked race track, and you can really pick up some speed on the downhill finish.
You head up again from here, passing the entrances to the white Upper Hemlock and Lower Hemlock trails, to the top of another hill where you access the blue trail that is part of the Cross Falmouth Trail. This section of trail is mostly gently-inclined with technical footing. You have the opportunity here to join up with the red Epiphany Trail, which is a fun trail with some switchbacks, but can be done fairly quickly.
From red, you jump back to blue to pick up the Upper Hemlock entrance. This trail is fairly technical, but offers several opportunities for berry picking in the summer months. There is an outlet to a road between the upper and lower parts of the white trail, but if you stay on Lower Hemlock, it will bring you back to blue.
On your way back on blue, take the lower spur, and the front side of the hill you went along on the way out, followed by a fantastic downhill slalom to reward you for that incline start. All in all, a very fun, albeit technical, trail that is very runable.
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