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Rock Trail

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Trail

5.3 mile 8.6 kilometer loop
87% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 952' 290 m
Descent: -957' -292 m
High: 814' 248 m
Low: 446' 136 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 43% (23°)

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Trail shared by Rob Cummings

The Rock Trail is a newer trail featuring six of the reservation's "Rock" features.

Rob Cummings

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Take the Red Trail out from the Michigan Road parking lot - it hooks up with the RT loop marked with white "RT" trail signs.

Description

The Rock Trail was developed to connect the six rock features of the park: Dancing Rock Loop Connector, Indian Rock Shelter, Raven Rocks, Castle Rock, Bear Rock Petroglyph, and Spy Rock.

Sections are very steep with one section being an actual rough-hewn rock staircase that climbs 150 vertical feet.

The rock features are as follows:
-Raven Rocks and Spy Rock are the two overlooks on the southeast section of the trail.
-Bear Rock petroglyph (google it!) is a verified carving at least 5,000 years old created by Native Americans. The carving is on a boulder and is in the shape of a bear and several other local animals.
-Indian Rock Shelter is a former native American campsite.
-Castle Rock is a rock formation which somewhat resembles a castle.
-Dancing Rock is a large flat rock that was the site of late night dancing by local families after a harvest moon in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

Flora & Fauna

Plenty of Mountain Laurel in the higher elevations. Bears have been sighted on the southeast section of the trail in the fall.

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Feb 20, 2016
Joe Wahle
Aug 15, 2015
Rob Cummings

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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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