Valley & Buckeye Trails - Red Lock North Loop

 

We'll meet at Red Lock Trailhead at 10:00 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. 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 -- 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: http://goo.gl/maps/L7YH

http://classic.mapquest.com/maps?name=Red+L...

Trail Map: http://www.nps.gov/cuva/planyourvisit/uploa...


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  • Shaun H.

    Thanks everyone for making me feel welcome - really enjoyed the hike and the banter at lunch afterwards. Look forward to meeting up again next time I am in town.

    August 26, 2012

  • Sara

    Nice challenging hike! Thanks Dawn!

    August 26, 2012

  • Murali

    Very good hike! It was nice to meet everyone. Thanks Dawn, for organizing this.

    August 25, 2012

  • Miki

    Great workout and fun people! Thanks Dawn!

    August 25, 2012

  • Dawn

    Thanks for hiking this morning!

    August 25, 2012

  • Dan G

    Sorry I had to leave early. Thanks Dawn (and Deke) for a great hike!

    August 25, 2012

  • BOB

    HAY DAWN IF YOU WANT ,YOU CAN USE THE GREEN KAYAK FOR TOMAROW FLOOT THAT IS JUST THE TYPE OF GUY I AM!

    August 25, 2012

    • Dawn

      Uh... Nice try Bob... Still doesn't make up for today...

      August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Found a place to take my pants, so I don't have to figure out how to hem them haha... I'll be there!

    August 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't think I'm going to be able to make it :( need to figure a way to get pants hemmed before tonight... but if I sort that out soon, I'll find you guys!

    August 25, 2012

  • BOB

    WAS GOING TO DO IT BUT THINK I WILL GO SCUBA DIVING !

    August 24, 2012

    • Neil A.

      Ruca has her own tanks

      August 24, 2012

    • Dawn

      Fine, Bob... We know how we rate...

      August 24, 2012

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