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The Escalator

Intermediate
 4.0 (2)

Long, but the best way to get to the highest point of the trail system, with a manageable gradient.


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Map Key

2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

Singletrack

1,394' 425 m

High

1,085' 331 m

Low

315' 96 m

Up

107' 33 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Family Friendly Views are nice, and it is more manageable for kids to climb than the steep parts of the multi-use trail.

Description

This trail showcases the recreational potential of reclaimed surface mine lands. It is mostly built on benched hollow fill generated from coal mining. It is a very new trail that is accessed from two points along the multi-use trail: one near the Sugarcamp Mountain Trailhead. The other, from a lower section of multi-use trail deep in the woods

This trail spares mountain bikers a ridiculously steep climb on the multi-use trail. However, it lengthens the uphill trip by 1.5 miles. Because it is new (as of 8/09/16), the surface is still compacting and loose rock may be present. Prepare for a somewhat bumpy downhill. Each sloped section alternates with a flat section, allowing recovery before the next climb or descent.

Look for abundant deer, turkey, and lizards as well as the occasional elk, bobcat, bear, and raven. You'll enjoy views to the southeast, which are particularly lovely in the early morning, when fog hangs low in the valleys. Most of this trail is exposed to full sunlight, keeping it dry when other trails in the system are soft. The 1/2 mile of trail found in the forest is a lightly engineered, naturalistic trail. Prepare for a few rocks and some armored crossings, with a few picturesque rock outcroppings thrown in for good measure.

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Shared By:

Beau Spurlock

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Photos

View looking southeast, across Stratton Branch with Stonecrest golf course in the distance.
Aug 9, 2016 near Preston…, KY
Leaving from Sugarcamp Mountain Trailhead.
Oct 3, 2016 near Preston…, KY
Escalator Trail before the hollowfill climb.
May 24, 2017 near Preston…, KY
A long view toward Dewey Lake from The Escalator trail.
May 23, 2017 near Preston…, KY
Dropping in to Feathered Indian
Dec 19, 2017 near Preston…, KY
Cliff face on Feathered Indian
May 27, 2018 near Preston…, KY

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Nov 23, 2017
Len Johnson
Note green it’s a black diamond. Thorn bushes suck 4.5mi