Cabin Branch - Hard Rock Loop
ElevationAscent: 365' 111 m
Descent: -369' -112 m
High: 547' 167 m
Low: 393' 120 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“Secluded figure-eight run with opportunities to spot wildlife, gradual grades and nicely maintained natural surfaces.”— Zander Göpfert
From the main lot, find the Cabin Branch Trail heading north through a field before it ducks into the woods. The trail is flat through this first section, providing an easy warmup. After just over a mile, the trail will bend around to the south (ignore the Hamilton Trail spur heading left and north). Continue on the Cabin Branch Trail as it heads left (east) to begin the gradual ascent across Lake Ridge Dr. toward the Hard Rock Trail.
Cross Lake Ridge Rd. and continue the uphill on the Hard Rock Trail, which is a hidden gem at Black Hill, as it winds through the woods toward the Maintenance Yard. On the north side of the yard, turn left onto the Field Crest Spur Trail to begin the return trip. Just over three miles from the start, look for the Hard Rock-Field Crest Spur connector to the left (southeast) to rejoin the Hard Rock Trail. This section should look familiar as you retrace your steps back to the Lake Ridge Dr. crossing onto the Cabin Branch Trail.
With less than a mile left, look for the Hamilton Trail heading left (south) as way to explore a new section of trail before following Black Hill Rd. across the dam bridge to the main parking area and starting point.
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Land Manager: Montgomery County Parks - Black Hill Regional Park
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