Woman Creek Loop
ElevationAscent: 490' 149 m
Descent: -490' -149 m
High: 6,133' 1,869 m
Low: 5,749' 1,752 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
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“A nice, easy ride circling around the head of Woman Creek with a long mellow climb and a short fast descent.”— Scott Edlin
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Need to Know
After about 1.4 miles, you reach the top of the mesa where the climb eases up. Continue straight west on flat doubletrack until you reach a T intersection that's twisted to the right. Make a left instead on West Woman Creek Trail and continue south along a boardwalk to the southwest corner of the Refuge. Make the left and follow the fence line east on South Perimeter Trail. Note the contrast between the lush green Candelas fescue backyards and the native Xeric tallgrass.
Almost a mile from the corner, there is a split in the trail. Instead of going straight down along the fence line, make a left and continue easterly along the top of the mesa on the East Woman Creek Loop again. The mesa narrows and the views improve until you reach the top of the descent. Quickly drop about 170 ft. down off the mesa to the T intersection. Continue straight and climb 100 ft. back towards the trailhead.
History & Background
Beginning in 1992, many of the same Cold War veterans who had built weapons components at the Plant, assisted with an unprecedented and enormously complex Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act ("Superfund") cleanup project to investigate and remediate the site.
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