Start at the west Pointy Knob Trail sign which begins with an immediate creek crossing. Follow the blue diamonds throughout the trail across the many rocky and muddy sections. Finish the slow trail portion where the east Pointy Knob Trail sign meets the Canaan Loop Road. Run west on Canaan Loop Road (unimproved road) to the starting point at the west Pointy Knob Trail sign.
-GPS data shows 7.73 miles, 689 feet gain
-Alltrails data states 7.1 miles, 905 feet gain
The End point with the image was not the starting point of the loop, but simply shown for reference with the lat-long coordinates. The point shown in the image is the east trail point at Canaan Loop Road. We started and finished the loop at the west trail point.