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Rock Trail (RT) Loop

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Trail

7.0 mile 11.3 kilometer loop
90% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 1,035' 315 m
Descent: -1,034' -315 m
High: 812' 248 m
Low: 449' 137 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)

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Trail shared by Rob Cummings

The Rock Trail (RT) Loop passes by six of the "Rock" features of the trails in Ward Pound Ridge Rez.

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Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Overview

This loop passes the following six rock features of the park: Indian Rock Shelter, Castle Rock, Bear Rock, Dancing Rock, Raven Rocks, and Spy Rock. Both Spy Rock and Raven Rocks have scenic overlooks. Below Spy Rock is a rough stone staircase that ascends 300 vertical feet in about 2/10ths of a mile.

This access is shown from Michigan Rd., but you can also access the RT loop from Honey Hollow Rd. (limited parking).

Runner Notes

Come prepared for many ups and downs.

Description

This is a demanding 7-mile loop. Go in any season -- better views in the winter and early spring -- but fun in all seasons. The terrain is rough at points with large trees coming down after storms and trails re-routing around them. Chances are you'll not see too many others on this trail in the colder seasons but summertime and warmer days it can be very popular. Bring a map or the Trail Run Project mobile app -- all intersections are numbered so once you find one you can get oriented.

Flora & Fauna

Enjoy swaths of mountain laurel in the higher elevations. Additionally, spring vernal ponds dot the trail (seasonal).

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May 25, 2019
Miguel Casas
Great all around trail, if a bit demanding for the distance. 7mi — 1h 20m

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Photos

Raven Rocks overlook panorama.
Dec 21, 2015 near Pound R…, NY
Snowy run on the Red Trail.
Dec 21, 2015 near Pound R…, NY
Bear Rock Petroglyph - Native American Bear and Bird carvings on this rock date possibly to several thousand years ago. Google "Bear Rock Petroglyph" for more photos and information.
Jun 10, 2015 near Pound R…, NY
At Raven Rocks overlook in winter.
Jun 10, 2015 near Pound R…, NY
The view from Spy Rock.
Jun 23, 2019 near Pound R…, NY
Indian Shelter Rock
Jun 23, 2019 near Pound R…, NY

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