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Putting all of the pieces together on this fun and speedy trail system.


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Map Key

8.8

Miles

14.1

KM

91%

Runnable

2,605' 794 m

High

2,138' 652 m

Low

1,249' 381 m

Up

1,242' 379 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This is an easy to follow, well marked, route that follows the WCU trail system. All singletrack trail aside from one road crossing and shared with mountain bikers. Well-groomed trail with minimal rocks and roots and lots of fun climbs.

Need to Know

Free parking

Description

Start from the parking lot with a short climb up to the Lower Long Branch Loop. Continue right until you reach the Cullowhee Connector (yellow markers), this is an out and back for a little over three miles today consisting of lots of switchbacks. Upon returning to the Lower Long Branch Loop continue right and merge with the Upper Long Branch Loop which you'll take with some shorter climbs and more switch backs.

You'll pass through a section traversing some power lines with beautiful views of Cullowee and surrounding mountains. Continue along until you reach the green markers, follow to the Gribble Gap Loop (orange markers) with one road crossing on the way. This fun and speedy loop brings you a little over a mile around and then turn up the black Corkscrew to return with orange markers to green markers and back to the Upper Long Branch Loop.

Turn right and you are back on the Lower Long Branch Loop and the turn back to the parking lot will come up fast.

History & Background

WCU Trail System

Contacts

Shared By:

Wilson Ray

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#138

in North Carolina

#3,596

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Scenic view from below the power lines on the Upper Long Branch Loop
Dec 2, 2020 near Cullowhee, NC

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