Heart's Content Short loop
ElevationAscent: 541' 165 m
Descent: -541' -165 m
High: 1,906' 581 m
Low: 1,620' 494 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“A short but cool loop with great historical and natural features.”— Frank Maguire
The Trail crosses a bridge and begins to climb out of the flood plain and through some different forest classes. The first part is a bit of a grunt. Eventually, you'll climb up to an intersection with Ironwood Trail which is an old rail grade. Take a left onto Ironwood Trail and follow the rail grade for a while. If you notice that the grade goes through a sunken section, look for alternate trails on either side as there is a good chance that the grade becomes swampy when it can't drain.
After a distance, the trail will intersect with Tom's Run Trail again, turn right and continue down another rail grade. Be sure to check out the house-sized rocks that line the trail for a while after the intersection. The trail will gradually change direction and head uphill for a long ways. Keep an eye out for a left hand turn marked with white diamond blazes. This will be where the loop rejoins Tanbark Trail.
Turn left and climb out of the valley bottom. There are a few short steep sections, but for the most part the trail isn't too steep. The forest again changes from hemlock stream valley to mixed hardwoods, including the remnants of Chestnut stumps that were cut over a hundred years ago. Chestnut was prized for its size, strength and rot resistance, and the stumps, at 4-5 feet in diameter, are a testament to that.
When you crest the ridge, the trail will start winding downhill back to the original section of Tom's Run Trail. Turn right and climb out on the first section of the loop back to the parking lot.