ElevationAscent: 225' 69 m
Descent: -215' -66 m
High: 316' 96 m
Low: 149' 46 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“A great loop if you have an hour after work.”— Shadow Runner
The Mine Run Trail is an under-appreciated gem in the park. It follows the Mine Run Branch stream for a while which is a beautiful Bob Ross type of brook. You'll take the entire Mine Run Trail until it intersects with the Riverbend Trail.
Turning left onto the Riverbend Trail, you'll find that it continues to go uphill but is a wide gravel trail. Continue on this trail until you start seeing the red blaze.
Turn right and then a very quick left onto the red blaze Bootlegger Trail. This trail begins with a very fast downhill section and spills into the Riverbend Park Trail again. Turn right, and you'll only be on this for very short distance before turning left to follow the red blaze Bootlegger Trail again.
The trail follows a shallow creek and goes uphill until it tops out alongside Jeffery Road. There you'll be out of the woods in bright sunshine until you reach Madison's Escape Trail, which is near the park's main entrance.
In August of 1814 the British burned Washington DC to the ground. James and Dolly Madison escaped through this area and may have used this trail to do it. You'll find that it is basically three separate downhill sections, each progressively more steep than the one before. It will dump you into the same parking lot that started this trail.
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Land Manager: Fairfax County, VA - Park Authority