Dump Truck Run

This is actually the reverse of the route that the dump trucks would take. Of course, once you hit the end of this route, you can return the correct direction. The time is going to be longer. Just keep telling yourself “it is a 10% grade”.

  • Distance: .71 miles
  • Time: 15 minutes
  • Starting point: 14th Ave SW & SW Holly St (Elevation 340 ft)
  • Ending point: Highland Park Way (Elevation 60 ft)

Begin by heading North into the Whitlock Woods. Continue up to the end of what would be 14th Ave SW. You are now standing on what would be SW Morgan St.

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You can see the college and how much of the hill was cut out by the sand and gravel operations. Turn right to head downhill.

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In the area of what would be 12th, you will see some shipping containers that Nature Consortium uses for storage. There is a wide trail heading to the left. Don’t take that one. It is a gated service area to SSCC. Take the smaller trail to the right and continue downhill.

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You will come across a number of small offshoot trails. and you can ignore them. Not long after the shipping containers, you will hit a wetlands area and for Dump Truck Run trail stay straight and go downhill as the large trail to the right is for Pee Wee fields.

There are a few signs here of operations, like this non-native light pole, other than that the hill contours.

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Be on the alert for these small wooden posts. They have information on the birds that migrate through here, although they are starting to deteriorate now, but apparently that was the idea. It was to be art that was interesting and educational, but that would leave no lasting footprint.

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The main trail becomes pretty obvious now.

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When you reach the gate at Highland Park Way SW, you are done with this hike. To continue onto one of the other hikes, turn around and walk back up, or cross Highland Park Way SW (at the light) and walk up the sidewalk.