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River Forks Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

2.0 mile 3.3 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 223' 68 m
Descent: -215' -66 m
High: 939' 286 m
Low: 819' 250 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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Trail shared by Darin Millsap

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A short loop up and along a wooded ridge with a couple difficult ascents and fun descents.

Darin Millsap

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

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This is also a popular hiking path so keep an eye out for other people.

Description

Parking is located right by the trailhead next to the lake.

Going clockwise, you first start across what looks to be an old doubletrack across a mowed field until you reach a gate. From there, it turns to singletrack and the first half mile is a very mild climb with a bit of flow. It narrows in spots between trees and hillside.

After making the slow right curve, you come to a hard right and immediately the first steep ascent. Some tree roots and loose rocks make it a bit difficult, but after that, you slowly climb a bit more easily until you reach a steep and fun descent. Watch out for sharp turns, loose soil, tree roots, and narrow path.

At the bottom, you cross a small waterway and another steep ascent. A bit difficult for the first little bit, it soon becomes only a moderate ascent which seems a bit flowy as it winds its way along the ridge.

After passing a nearly abandoned picnic site on top of the hill, the path widens for a bit with a gravel surface. As you begin to descend, it once again becomes dirt with plenty of tree roots and logs across the path to prevent erosion. It makes for a quick but fun descent full of short drops at each log. It's a bit like steps.

You end at a gate back onto the park road just before the parking lot.

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May 12, 2018
Travis Ross
Good trail, good uphills and downhills, lots of roots and loose rocks. Watch out for gravel

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