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Observation Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.5 (15)

An accessible path to the most prominent viewpoints of the Garden of the Gods.


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0.5

Miles

0.8

KM

82%

Runnable

867' 264 m

High

799' 243 m

Low

122' 37 m

Up

119' 36 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

17%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Description

A short, quarter mile loop highlighting the unusual rock formations and dramatic cliffs of the Garden of the Gods in the Shawnee National Forest, easily accessible by the general public. Bring your camera and your kids, and backpackers along the River to River Trail should plan on making a visit, but the area can be crowded due to its ease of access.

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Shared By:

Ryan Georgi with improvements by Kristina Gilday

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  4.5 from 15 votes

#634

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  4.5 from 15 votes
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#634

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Some of the bizarrely shaped rock cliffs visible from the Garden of the Gods observation trail.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Rocks and trees.
Oct 28, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
View from the Observation Trail.
Oct 28, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Garden of the Gods view.
Mar 2, 2018 near Rosiclare, IL
Garden of the Gods view.
Mar 2, 2018 near Rosiclare, IL
Garden of the Gods view.
Mar 2, 2018 near Rosiclare, IL

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