“Long, but the best way to get to the highest point of the trail system, with a manageable gradient.”
— Beau Spurlock
Family Friendly: Views are nice, and it is more manageable for kids to climb than the steep parts of the multi-use trail.
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.