ElevationAscent: 88' 27 m
Descent: -96' -29 m
High: 813' 248 m
Low: 725' 221 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
“This short loop lets you see the views over a quick, short run.”— Nathan Ginn
The loops has stairs in places where the slope would be steep, making for an easy running experience. The waterfalls are cool and calming. This run is best when the leaves are down as you can see the whole valley easily.
This is a fantastic, short trail that is very scenic. Big Clifty Falls can be viewed from an interesting lookout area carved into the cliff. The trail crosses over the precipice of Little Clifty Falls, offering an extremely interesting perspective of that waterfall. There are also a few unnamed waterfalls this trail passes, one at the northernmost point, and one near Lookout Point. Cake Rock can be viewed near the observation area of Big Clifty Falls. This trail can be very dangerous, however. Almost the entire trail is spent on the edge of a cliff, and it can be very treacherous after a rain.
Personally, this is my favorite trail in the whole park.
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Land Manager: Indiana DNR - Clifty Falls State Park