Trail Run Project Logo

Garden of the Gods Wilderness

Area suggestions or local tips? Tell us!

Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Weather Averages


High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w/
 
J F M A M J J A S O N D

7 mi 11 km of trail 3 Runs

Easy Trails 2 Trails Intermediate Trails 5 Trails Hard Trails 0 Trails

The trails that comprise the Garden of the Gods Wilderness are poorly marked. The signs are worn, damaged, marked-over by other hikers, and generally confusing. Moreover, the map at the trailhead is confusing. The trail network, in and of itself, is enjoyable, with enough curves and inclines to challenge you, but brace yourself for a confusing experience if this is your first time in the park and be patient. You can always download the Trail Run Project mobile app for help navigating on the trails.

Area suggestions or local tips? Tell us!
Trail Run Project is built by runners like you.
Share what you know about this area with the community.

Runs in Garden of the Gods Wilderness - 3

Trail Run Project is built by runners like you. Add Your Runs

Favorite The water-eroded underside of one of the sandstone bluffs juts out over the riverbed trail.
Intermediate

River To River Trail: Garden of the Gods Wilderness Section

5.4 mi 8.7 km • Point to Point • 516 ft Ascent 157.15 m Ascent

(8) Rosiclare, IL
Favorite Cool rock formations
Intermediate/Difficult

Garden of the Gods - Outer Loop

3.4 mi 5.4 km • Loop • 418 ft Ascent 127.42 m Ascent

(3) Rosiclare, IL
Favorite Looking south over Karber's Ridge.
Intermediate

Indian Point Loop Trail

1.8 mi 2.9 km • Loop • 158 ft Ascent 48.1 m Ascent

(10) Rosiclare, IL

Trails in Garden of the Gods Wilderness - 4

Trail Run Project is built by runners like you. Add Your Trails

0.5 mi 0.8 km #1Observation Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL
Easy/Intermediate
0.5 mi 0.8 km Rosiclare, IL 11 
4.4 mi 7.1 km #2Trail #001A
Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL
Intermediate
4.4 mi 7.1 km Rosiclare, IL
0.7 mi 1.2 km #3Trail #108C
Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL
Intermediate
0.7 mi 1.2 km Rosiclare, IL
0.9 mi 1.4 km #4Trail #108J
Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL
Intermediate
0.9 mi 1.4 km Rosiclare, IL

Photos of Garden of the Gods Wilderness - 37

Trail Run Project is built by runners like you. Add Your Photos

Looking south over Karber's Ridge.
Oct 24, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL
The water-eroded underside of one of the sandstone bluffs juts out over the riverbed trail.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Without a person for scale, it is hard to show the true size of this formation. These rocks are 60-80 feet tall. It is perfect for rock scrambling and exploring.
Jan 2, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL
Some of the bizarrely shaped rock cliffs visible from the Garden of the Gods observation trail.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Rocks and trees.
Oct 28, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Campsite
Mar 1, 2018 near Rosiclare, IL
The Indian Point Trail travels near the edge of the bluff in this section.
Jan 2, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL
View from the Observation Trail.
Oct 28, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL

Classes & Events Near You

Find More Classes and Events

Shop REI Adventures

Find More REI Adventures


Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running