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Slippery Rock Gorge Trail

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 4.3 (11)

When a trail is called "Slippery Rock" you had better take warning!


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5.8

Miles

9.4

KM

94%

Runnable

1,253' 382 m

High

911' 278 m

Low

672' 205 m

Up

482' 147 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Waterfall

Runner Notes

The trail is rocky, has lots of roots, and in fall leaves and dew make it a treacherous route. Be aware. It's more of a hiking trail than it is a running trail.

However, while not completely free of hikers, the trail is too tough for mountain bikers, and you'll have plenty of "me" time.

Description

The seemingly never-ending rock ledges and rutted trail make this trail difficult to find a groove and get up to pace. There are several climbs of 200-300 feet at maybe 5-10% grades, but those are almost enjoyable in comparison to running downhill.

The trail starts just up the road from the "Point" parking lot and, as part of the North Country Trail system, is blazed in a bright blue. From the start you are running among large boulders and must navigate your way down to Slippery Rock Creek.

You'll continue on until you reach the covered bridge. Cross the bridge, and the trail is on the left just 100 feet after exiting the bridge.

You'll stay on this trail for about a half mile to mile before reaching Eckert Bridge. Here you can connect with Kildoo Trail (the other side of Eckert Bridge) and head back to the covered bridge for a shorter loop (4 miles).

The next part is the longest section and also takes you up the slope in 200 or 300 foot chunks. You'll have some views of the creek, but this will be the mostly manageable, as up the slope is just about a rock-free section of the trail.

You'll come to a sign with three planks calling out the Slippery Rock Trail, Hell's Hollow, and Walnut Flats. Continue towards Hell's Hollow (it's a right) along the Slippery Rock Trail. This is the best section of the entire trail, offering small pine cover, gorgeous sections along Hell's Hollow with views, and more gentle terrain.

The trail ends at the Hell's Hollow parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

Signs posted along the trail ask you leave wildflowers alone, as many are rare or endangered.

Shared By:

Kevin Ketchman with improvements by Natalie Simon

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  4.3 from 11 votes

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This is the closest you get to the river.  If you need to cool off, jump in!
Dec 13, 2015 near Prospect, PA
Steeper than it appears. Coming down the switchbacks, we had to be wary of rock steps that were dangerously slick.
Dec 13, 2015 near Ellport, PA
A smoother section at the top of a hill along the final mile of Slippery Rock Trail. This section is book-ended by small climbs that require a little bit of walking.
Dec 13, 2015 near Ellport, PA

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Sep 8, 2019
Scott Spencer
Trail is actually 7+ miles. Fyi 7.1mi
Oct 12, 2017
Ashley Myers
Strava needs to get its act together. 16mi
Dec 13, 2015
Kevin Ketchman
Dangerous conditions between leaves and moisture on rocks 15mi