Trail of the Week: Rock Creek Park Loop, Washington DC

Photo: Doug Hay

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!

The Data

Miles: 8.8

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:

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