Length – 0.4 miles
Trail Blaze Color – Yellow
Difficulty – Easy, Elevation gain 29 feet up 57 feet down
Deer Run is the crown of the Libby Hill Forest (LHF) trail system. It lies at the top of Libby Hill at an elevation of 480 feet (Middle School is at 340 feet) and is designed to be a connector between three sections of the Moose Odyssey Trail. It is designed to allow skiers and hikers to customize their outing to make several different loops or add some extra mileage to their hike.
To access the trail use the Moose Odyssey Trail and proceed to View 1 which is at the 1 mile point on that trail. Proceed left onto the Deer Run trail which proceed gently to near the crest of Libby Hill. You quickly cross the SA trail (Snowmobile/ATV trail) which on the left returns to Old Libby Hill Road or right proceeds to Dry Mills. Continue straight to cross the SA trail and take in the majestic white pine grove with trees that are nearly 100 years old. At 0.2 mile you will come to a junction, where you have two choices. You may go right and return back to the front loop of Moose Odyssey, crossing once again the SA trail before you hit the end of Deer Run. The other choice is to go left at the junction and hit the back loop of Moose Odyssey and shorten the Moose Odyssey loop by 1 mile.
You may want to have a map with you to make sure you can understand all the intersections that cross Deer Run. While a short trail, the Deer Run lets you enjoy the quiet and peacefulness of the pine forest of Libby Hill. Wildlife is often spotted here, including deer, pileated woodpeckers, Cooper’s Hawks, chickadees, bluejays, chipmunks and red squirrels.
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