ElevationAscent: 160' 49 m
Descent: -561' -171 m
High: 1,474' 449 m
Low: 1,007' 307 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
Current trail conditions
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“A remote technical trail with a few of Monte Sano's landmarks.”— Zack Butler
Continuing on the right fork, the trail rejoins the hiking-only fork from the spring and continues along the natural bench in the mountain until it reaches the Big Cat Creek section. The Big Cat Creek section is about 0.3 mile and can be biked but it's very steep - this trail map takes you down the Big Cat Creek Bypass, which is smooth and has virtually no elevation change. The trail continues for another 1.5 miles along the natural bench until intersecting with the Natural Well trail again. Although this section does not have a lot of elevation change, it's still technical because of rocks, downed trees, and localized erosion.
After crossing the Natural Well (for the second time), the trail continues along the natural bench in the mountain in much the same way as the previous 1.5 miles. There is a creek crossing shortly after the second intersection with the Natural Well trail. This 0.6-mile section ends at the third intersection with the Natural Well trail.