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Bear Branch Creek Trail #405

Intermediate

Trail

2.0 mile 3.3 kilometer point to point
97% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 175' 53 m
Descent: -209' -64 m
High: 638' 195 m
Low: 498' 152 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)

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Trail shared by Ed Glass

This is the more scenic route to get to Indian Kitchen/Lusk Creek Canyon.

Ed Glass

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Runner Notes

The trail is kinda rocky. The official Indian Kitchen Trail would be better suited for running.

Description

This is an alternate trail to get to Lusk Creek Canyon/Indian Kitchen. The official trail from the trailhead is kinda boring until you get to the canyon itself. This trail takes you along Bear Branch Creek with lots of small bluffs and small waterfalls, and the views over the canyon are outstanding during winter.

Directions: After turning at Eddyville onto Indian Kitchen Road, go past the official trailhead and drive all the way to the very end of the road. The road dead-ends at Bear Branch Creek. There's parking for 4 or 5 cars there. Trail 405 to Indian Kitchen is right there on the east side of the road.

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A rare ice climbing adventure in Southern Illinois.
Feb 18, 2018 near Golconda, IL
View of Indian Kichen from the top of the canyon. Once you start the descent into Lusk Creek Canyon look right for a small obscure trail. Its very short but leads out onto a bluff overlooking Lusk Creek.
Feb 15, 2018 near Golconda, IL
Frozen Bear Branch Creek
Feb 15, 2018 near Golconda, IL
Rock shelter along Bear Branch Creek
Mar 8, 2018 near Golconda, IL
Stamina!
Feb 18, 2018 near Golconda, IL
Frozen waterfall coming down the Kitchen Wall
Feb 13, 2018 near Golconda, IL

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