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Trail 2

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2.1 mile 3.4 kilometer point to point
93% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 137' 42 m
Descent: -273' -83 m
High: 759' 231 m
Low: 487' 148 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)

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Great creekside ramble to a fantastic view of Clifty Falls from a perspective not many will see.

Chris Davis

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Watch for signage—due to this trail being at the bottom of the canyon and with multiple water crossings, there are times of year it is inaccessible.

Need to Know

Parking is accessed at any of the intersecting trails or at the Visitor Center.

Runner Notes

Not a good idea to trail run. Way too many loose rocks.

Description

This trail drops off from the 1, 2, 3 access point into the bottoms of the canyon, crosses Clifty Creek multiple times, and takes you to the base of Clifty Falls. The trail is often a mess of branches and trees as well as soft sand that will suck your shoes right off in spots.

The majority of the trail is spent navigating the rocky creek-bed of Clifty Creek. If you decide to run through the water, the trail is not particularly challenging. However, if you are trying to stay dry, the trail can be tricky because you have to cross the river numerous times. Due to the difficult terrain, it is tough to quickly complete this trail. Take your time and enjoy the scenery.

While there are no massive climbs (except the beginning and back out), I would still not recommend this trail for anyone who isn't sure of foot or has small kids (the beginning is pretty easy for young ones, but as time goes on, it becomes more and more difficult to make your way). The payoff is standing at the bottom of Clifty Falls.

Due to the steep cliffs and restrictions against climbing, you need to double back to the beginning or take the Trail 8, 5, or 4 intersections to exit. There is no exit at the northernmost point of this trail.

Flora & Fauna

Salamanders, frogs, turtles, crayfish, birds of all sorts, the occasional raccoon print can be seen, as well as the ever present squirrels! Grasses and reeds are at the bottoms, as well as several beautiful species of wildflowers along the ridges on both sides.

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in Indiana

#7,137

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Don't have a picture of the waterfall itself (it wasn't flowing when I went in April) but this is the creekbed at the base.
May 22, 2019 near North M…, IN

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