This 1.7 mile beauty up and down the Cadillac summit makes this a hidden gem that challenges all skill levels. Bring good grips on your shoes because you'll need them in the slippery gorge.
Features: Cave — River/Creek — Spring — Views
You'll intersect the creek in several spots but the crossings should not require you to get wet.
If you're at the top of Cadillac Mountain Summit
and want to descend on a beautiful and challenging path marked with gargantuan rocks and gorge-work rocks, this is your trail. On the descent you'll need to follow the blue paint stripes that marks out the way ahead. The stripes keep you on the path when the large rocks and lack of trees at the beginning can make you wonder if you're on the right path. Trust the blue stripes and you'll be fine.
On the descent, make sure you are aware of your surroundings because one wrong slip and you'll fall a few feet onto another rock. If you're careful and your mind is crisp, this can be a fun trail to pick up the pace—but you must be cautious. Some rocks are slippery with moss so your speed will need to change at a moment's notice.
As you descend and progress down into the gorge, you'll encounter two forks along the way. Stay to your left at all times and you'll eventually end at the gorge path parking area. It's a good place to meet someone who may want to drive back down from Cadillac mountain and meet you there after the finish the trail.
On a side note–This trail intersects with Hemlock Trail
and Cadillac-Dorr Connector
, which, if you want to continue for a longer distance, you may want to consider taking this route. They augment the great challenge that is Gorge Path.
You'll encounter several evergreens and ferns on the forest floor and high canopy trees that keep the air cool.