National Arboretum Figure-Eight
ElevationAscent: 209' 64 m
Descent: -207' -63 m
High: 237' 72 m
Low: 56' 17 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“Escape the city in this hidden gem of a natural setting with numerous labelled plant and flower collections.”— Zander Göpfert
Near the putting greens in the northwest corner of the loop toward the junction of Azalea Road and Eagle Nest Road, look for the bike rack and bench that mark the entrance of the Hamilton Loop and the Azalea Collections heading west.
Climb up the gradual staircase on hardpack dirt and gravel through the woods with intermittent shade, bearing right at the first intersection to find the main Azalea Path through the Azalea Collection. This is a must-see in late April when the azaleas begin to bloom.
From the top of Hamilton Mountain, find the Hamilton Trail to the south which parallels Azalea Road back to the Hamilton Loop to return to the Capitol Columns Loop and the starting point.
When in doubt, refer to the Trail Run Project mobile app, head back the way you came or find a road heading east, which will link back toward the Capitol Columns Loop.
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Land Manager: USDA - National Arboretum