Our Trail of the Week feature is made possible through a partnership with Trail Run Project, a crowd-sourced collaboration by and for the running community. Thanks to Doug Hay for mapping and describing this route.
A complete natural escape from the busy streets of Washington, DC. The rugged and rocky terrain of the Valley Trail – South, and the smooth horse trail of the Western Ridge Trail, make for a solid run in the middle of the nation’s capitol.
There are lots of unmarked trails that take you out of the park, so be sure to follow the blazes.
This route is the best that Rock Creek has to offer!
Runnable: 99 percent
Average Grade: 2 percent
Max Grade: 9 percent
Total Ascent: 484 feet
Total Descent: -485 feet
Highest Elevation: 305 feet
For a closer look, check out the interactive map, data, photos courtesy of Trail Run Project: