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Riverview Descent

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3.4 Miles 5.4 Kilometers




186' 57 m


-437' -133 m



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1,156' 352 m


899' 274 m



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A quick, mostly descending loop of the east and south side of Riverview Park.

Ben Voytko


Descends from the top of Riverview Park to the bottom, linking up several different trails. Riverview can be rather confusing with its network of criss-crossing trails. This is a great introductory loop!


It's a nice climb up Riverview Ave. to the start if you're coming from Woods Run Road / Chateau Trail.

Start from Riverview Ave. at the upper entrance to the park. Enter the trails behind the visitors center and make a left onto Observatory Trail. Follow the loop around the backside of the observatory and make a right down the connector back onto Riverview Ave. Follow Riverview Ave. to the intersection and make a right to go downhill in the bike lane.

Quickly look for a left turn onto Old Kilbuck Road. Go around the yellow gate at the entrance to Old Kilbuck Road and keep following the road until the pavement turns to trail, this is the beginning of the Marshall Trail. Continue on the Marshall Trail until you pass the stone benches on the left. Shortly after, look for a four way intersection. Take a right and go down a short, steep section onto the Kilbuck Trail.

Follow Kilbuck Trail for about a half mile. You'll go around a bend where some trees were clear cut and replanted, and then a wooden bridge over a small stream. After the wooden bridge, look for a T intersection and go left downhill onto the Highwood Trail. At the 4-way intersection with the Groundhog Haven Trail, continue straight to stay on the Highwood Trail. Shortly after, the Highwood Trail will turn to a gravel access road. Descend on this section and don't make any turns off the main path. Exit the woods onto Kilbuck Rd at the bottom of the valley.

Across Kilbuck road, there will be a small trail entrance to the Deer Hollow Trail (there is a sign to the left, but is often covered in overgrowth). Enter this trail and climb up a short hill. Ignore the connector trail heading uphill to your right and proceed to Snyder's Point Loop Trail.

Make a left onto Snyders Point Loop Trail at the next 3 way intersection (you'll see a short trail climbing up to your right up to the Pope's View trail). Watch for small branches off this trail on either side, it's easy to veer off the main trail here. Generally, try to stay to the right until you get back to another main 3 way intersection with another short trail heading up to Pope's View Trail). Proceed left at this intersection on to the Violet Lane Trail.

You'll come to an intersection of the Violet Lane Trail shortly after, bear left to avoid going out of the woods by the Centennial Pavilion. Continue on the Violet Lane Trail until you hit the end of Riverview Drive. Cross Riverview Drive and look for the entrance to the Bridle Trail on the left. Continue on the Bridle Trail to the lower entrance to Riverview Park at the corner of Riverview Ave. and Mairdale Ave.


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