Mint Springs Loop
ElevationAscent: 902' 275 m
Descent: -898' -274 m
High: 1,618' 493 m
Low: 993' 303 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“A short loop that packs a punch through a wooded hidden gem with lake access in the warmer months.”— Zander Göpfert
This loop connects the trails along the outer perimeter of the park with a steep, switchbacking climb on the Big Survey Trail followed by a winding descent and up-and-over of Little Yellow Mountain before a final cool-down on the Mountain Orchard Trail.
Follow the contours to the southwest with occasional viewpoints (better when the leaves are down). Around the 1.5-mile mark, you'll rejoin the Fire Trail to follow the southwest boundary of the park toward another old homesite and a small traverse of Little Yellow Mountain.
Around the 2.4-mile mark, stay to the right (north) to connect with the Mountain Orchard Trail for a short loop on the south side of the lake before returning to the main lakeside area and parking.
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Land Manager: Albemarle County