Tyler Arboretum Loop
ElevationAscent: 617' 188 m
Descent: -617' -188 m
High: 414' 126 m
Low: 257' 78 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“A complete scenic tour accessing numerous highlights at Tyler Arboretum with an optional add-on of the Pink Hill Trail.”— Zander Göpfert
This complete loop run starts and ends from the main parking area and provides a recommended route through the maze of trails with some moderate elevation gain. The southernmost loop on Pink Hill Trail can be bypassed to shorten the total mileage by around 1.75 miles, though it's one of the more scenic and secluded areas of the arboretum, looping around Dismal Run with a few bridge crossings.
For this clockwise loop run, follow signage from the main parking lot for the Scenic Loop and Thoreau's "Walden" Cabin Replica. Continue east/northeast onto the Rocky Run Trail which shares a section of trail with the Minshall Trail (White). Keep an eye on the Trail Run Project mobile app or look for white blazes as there are many trails that intersect each other which can be confusing.
Stay on the Minshall Trail (White) as it loops around the northern end of the arboretum property, crossing Rocky Run, and overlapping with the Painter Trail. Just before the two-mile mark, the Minshall Trail (White) and Painter Trail split. Stay right on the Painter Trail for a shorter section (as shown here) or head left on the Minshall Trail (White) as it rejoins the Painter Trail just past Indian Rock only adding a few hundred feet more.
Continue south on the Painter Trail/Minshall Trail (White) and look for a left onto the Dismal Run Trail with orange blazes. This trail follows a beautiful stream. At its southern end, look for a left turn onto the Pink Hill Trail. This loop adds around 1.75 miles, some elevation, and visits some historic ruins. If you have time and energy, it's a must-see.
After completing the loop, cross the bridge again, this time heading north, following the Pink Hill Trail to the Scenic Loop. Head left (east) to return back to the Visitor Center and parking area with access to the Giant Sequoia and Maze along the way.
The "Painter Trees" that remain at the arboretum are: American Linden (Tilia americana), Bald-cypress (Taxodium distichum), Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora), Cedar of Lebanon (Cedrus libani), Common Pear (Pyrus communis), Corsican Pine (Pinus nigra spp. laricio), Cucumbertree Magnolia (Magnolia acuminata), Fraser Magnolia (Magnolia fraseri), Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum), Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), Leatherleaf Mahonia (Mahonia bealei), Oriental Spruce (Picea orientalis), Osage-orange (Maclura pomifera), River Birch (Betula nigra), Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), Switchcane Bamboo (Arundinaria gigantea ssp. tecta), White Oaks (Quercus alba), Yellow Buckeye (Aesculus flava), and Yulan Magnolia (Magnolia denudata).
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Land Manager: Tyler Arboretum