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Route is on FS 4539 (Brush Creek), which was recently improved by incorporating parts of old logging roads, a new section around Houston field and Smith Camp, and the lower end of Flat Mountain Road. Start at the gate on FS 4539 and cycle down on the gravel road. Toward the end of FS 4539 and the approach of Emmaline Gap, the road has been seeded to grass for wildlife management. Turn back at this point. Only hiking is permitted in Emmaline Cap.Directions
From Highlands drive 3.1 miles on Horse Cove Road to FS 401 (Rich Gap Road). Park in pull off on FS 401 near the Old Poplar tree.
Head: Cole Gap on Buck Creek Road at Junction with FS 4539.
End: Emmaline Gap where FS 4539 has been seeded to grass.
The initial descent down to Houston field is steep. The section around Smith Camp is up and down, while the section on old Flat Mountain Road is fairly level. The route has several views of mountains and valleys. There are also clearcuts and thinnings.