A short but sweet, almost 100% singletrack, counterclockwise loop that starts and finishes at Peirce Mill.
- 6.8 miles
- Running time
- Total ascent/descent
- 1,120 feet
- GPX file
- What to wear
Go south (downstream) on the paved bike for 0.25 miles before picking up the Valley Trail on your left. Cross Beach Dr and Park Rd and follow the Valley Trail for 2.2 miles, crossing Broad Branch Rd, passing Pulpit Rock and Boundary Bridge, before reaching the park police station near Military Rd. Cross Rock Creek on Military Rd and pick up the trail paralleling Rock Creek (which will now be on your right). Follow this upstream to Milkhouse Ford and then bear left up the hill.
After a short climb along a creek, take a left onto the Western Ridge Trail trail and follow this south past Fort DeRussy, Military Rd, and the nature center, before dropping down to Broad Branch Rd and Beach Dr. Cross Rock Creek and pick up the trail on the left immediately after the bridge. Follow this trail 0.25 miles to Pulpit Rock, where you take a hard right back onto the Valley Trail and follow this back to Peirce Mill.
Last updated June 18, 2020
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shouldn't rely on these directions alone; they are often not specific enough to navigate by, and may be incorrect or out of date.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.