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Trail

5.3 mile 8.6 kilometer loop
87% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

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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