Hazel River Short

The shortest run from the Hazel River Trailhead, this loop gets the blood pumping with a steep climb followed six miles of gradual downhill.

Distance
  • 8 miles
Running time
  • 1.5–2.5 hours
Total ascent/descent
  • 1,850 feet
    235 feet/mile

Directions

From the gate, gradually climb Hungry Horse Lane along the Hazel River for 0.3 miles. Intersect the Hazel River Trail and continue along the river for a short distance to Sam’s Ridge Trail.

Take a left onto Sam’s Ridge and begin the steep ascent, climbing nearly 1,500 feet in less than two miles. After 2.4 miles, intersect the Broad Hollow Trail and take a right for a short distance to the Hazel Mountain Trail and follow for nearly 1.5 miles to the intersection with the White Rocks Trail. Take a right and, in 0.9 miles, reach a side trail on your right, which descends a steep 0.2 miles down to Cave Falls. Return to the White Rocks Trail and continue for 1.2 miles, passing by White Rocks (views) before a steep descent down to the Hazel River.

Cross the river and take the Hazel River Trail for 1.4 miles, crossing the river several times. It is then 0.3 miles down Hungry Horse Lane back to your car.

Last updated February 1, 2021

What you do is up to you, but you shouldn't rely on these directions alone; they are often not specific enough to navigate by, and may be incorrect or out of date. Review a map beforehand and carry it with you. Tell a friend where you are going and when you plan to return. Do not count on having cell phone service while on the run. The VHTRC is not responsible for your welfare on any of these runs. If you go on one of these runs and get lost, run out of water, get injured, mauled by a bear, or die, or if anything else goes wrong, it's your fault; not ours. You assume all risks here and the VHTRC assumes none at all. Legal issues aside, some of these runs are more remote than others and the VHTRC is not suggesting that you do any of these runs, unless you are prepared to accept full responsibility for yourself.