Length: 995 ft. • Difficulty: 2 (mud, obstacles)
Terrain: Light to moderate tree cover, light vegetation
At 995 feet, Fox Trail could be considered the younger sibling of Bobcat Trail, as both feature similar terrain and difficulty, with Fox being shorter.
Off Deer Trail, Fox begins a little less than half a mile from the start of Deer, which begins off East Trail. You’ll have to look carefully for the trail head because it’s in a section of forest that has been thinned considerably in recent years and because there’s so little vegetation on the forest floor in the area. Look on the west side of Deer Trail for a fallen, dead spruce tree whose top is practically touching the base of Deer. It’s about 275 feet beyond a vernal pool that’s on the west
side of Deer.
The first leg of Fox goes through thinned out forest, with leftover debris on either side, and a pretty much level forest floor of pine needles. Some bracken fern are growing on the edge of the trail on the south side. A couple of hundred feet away to the north you’ll see a small patch of wetland that is flourishing with grasses and deciduous trees.
One hundred feet into the trail you’ll encounter a small mud pit. However, if you maintain your momentum and shift into a low gear you shouldn’t have much of a problem riding through it.
After beginning with a heading of due west, the trail turns northwesterly and heads for a small opening in the forest canopy. The trail narrows as it heads to the opening, with small tufts of moss encroaching on both sides. More roots stretch across the trail and the ground becomes softer. The leftover debris from tree-thinning is prime real estate for red-tailed squirrels and chipmunks in the area, so be on the lookout for those; you’ll undoubtedly hear their squeaks and chatter as they warn each other of your presence.
Around a fallen and decaying spruce tree that runs parallel to the south side of the trail the ground becomes littered with the tops of acorns that have fallen from a nearby oak tree. The squirrels and chipmunks have taken the bottoms of the acorns.
About 163 feet after the first mud pit, you will encounter a second, more formidable short stretch of mud. After this second patch of mud the ride will be easy for another few hundred feet.
As you reach the small clearing in the forest canopy there will be more ferns and small patches of grass growing up from the floor, as well as bunchberry and sheep laurel.
At the halfway mark the trail turns due north as it heads for a rendezvous with Grouse Trail. About 70 feet after changing from a northwesterly heading to a northern heading you’ll encounter three logs placed between two trees by bikers who were apparently bored with the trail’s easygoing nature. Your skill level will determine whether you’ll be able to ride over them. No matter what your skill level, though, all bikers will have to carry over a fallen tree that crosses the trail 175 feet farther along.
About 200 feet after carrying over the fallen tree you will reach the end, which connects to Grouse Trail. Turning left onto Grouse will take you to Main Road in a little more than 300 feet. Turning right onto Grouse will take you back to Deer Trail in a little more than 600 feet.
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