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Indian Point Loop Trail

Intermediate
  4.4 ( 8 ) Favorite

Trail

1.8 mile 2.9 kilometer loop
96% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 158' 48 m
Descent: -158' -48 m
High: 887' 270 m
Low: 762' 232 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 11% (6°)

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Trail shared by Austin Harrison

A beautiful loop trail that features bluff views, amazing rock walls, and a gentle forest floor.

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Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Overview

Expect fantastic views of rocks with plenty of nooks and crannies to explore.

Need to Know

It is easy to miss the trail and wind up on the Ridge Top Trail. Signage is not good on this trail.

Description

Indian Point Trail is a 1.9-mile loop trail that starts on the ridge and progresses out to a beautiful bluff face overlooking the valley.

From there, it turns left and descends below the bluff offering some of the best views of the bluff face with tons of opportunities for rock scrambling and exploring. The trail continues along the forest floor before ascending a slight rise. Be careful to look out for a deceptive trail turning left that is not part of this trail.

The loop trail continues straight along a less-beaten trail and stays below the bluff. The forest floor opens up as the trail moves away from the bluff and is a perfect place for viewing wildflowers in the spring.

The trail closes the loop at the pond near the parking lot. Heading clockwise, be on the lookout for a sharp descent and old campsite at the end of the lake. This is the loop trail.

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  4.4 from 8 votes

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Photos

Looking south over Karber's Ridge.
Oct 24, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL
Without a person for scale, it is hard to show the true size of this formation. These rocks are 60-80 feet tall. It is perfect for rock scrambling and exploring.
Jan 2, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL
The Indian Point Trail travels near the edge of the bluff in this section.
Jan 2, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL
This is the turnoff to do the Indian Point Loop Trail in a clockwise fashion, opposite of the direction of the mapped route. Some yellow flagging tape marks it just beyond the lake and a short distance from the parking lot.
Jan 2, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL
In the wintertime, the trail is often soft and leafy. Most of the trail is very gently graded with only a few places with more aggressive elevation change.
Jan 2, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL
My hiking buddy enjoys a very cool small cave with flat floor. It only goes in about 20 feet, but it's a good place to take shelter from a storm.
Jan 2, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL

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