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Valley & Buckeye Trails - Red Lock North Loop


We'll meet at Red Lock Trailhead at 10:30 a.m. to hike the Valley & Buckeye Trails Loop at a moderate+ pace. We'll hike approximately 6.5 miles. This may be considered both a moderate and a strenuous hike--depending on your fitness level. The Buckeye Trail in this area is rated as "difficult" and "most challenging" of the sections in the CVNP by the Park Service as it is a very rugged trail - as are parts of the Valley Trail included in this loop.

If you are familiar with the BT sections to the north & south of this section, you can expect a more rigorous and foot-placement-monitoring sort of hike here than with either of the other two. Beyond the typical stream crossing and heavily rooted trail, this section includes more crossings, more roots, more frequent elevation changes, narrow paths, fallen trees, loose surfaces, steep grades, a little briar, and a bit of mud (it's a workout) -- but also a variety in pleasant scenery. It is a winding, up-and-down trail through both open & dense woods, ravines, meadow grass, wildflowers, and a river view.

If you arrive after we've started hiking and would like to catch up, we'll be traveling counter-clockwise, starting with the Valley Trail from the Red Lock entrance.

*Please see the maps below. [You might also want to print a trail map to carry in case you decide to explore the trail at your own pace.]

*Please don't forget your water... and sturdy shoes.

See you there!

Red Lock:

Trail Map:



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  • Tom L

    Thanks for the morning trek Dawn!

    June 16, 2013

  • Dede

    Great hike, hilly but worth it!

    June 15, 2013

  • Dawn

    Finally a perfect summer day--without rain! Thanks for hiking. :-)

    June 15, 2013

  • Judi S.

    Sorry, have to pull out death in family.

    June 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please verify the time. Is it 9:30 or 10:30?

    June 13, 2013

    • Sharon

      Dawn, it was listed in the main invite as. 930 but the time is correct now.

      June 14, 2013

    • Dawn

      Thanks, Sharon.

      June 14, 2013

  • Ed B.

    Probable :-)

    June 14, 2013

  • Judi S.

    Have been on a hiatus from hiking looks like a great comeback trail.

    June 10, 2013

  • Janet

    Might be too strenuous for now.

    June 10, 2013

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