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7 mi 11 km of trail 3 Recommended Routes

Easy Trails 1 Trail Intermediate Trails 5 Trails Hard Trails 1 Trail

The trails that comprise the Garden of the Gods Wilderness are poorly marked. The signs are worn, damaged, marked-over by other hikers, and generally confusing. Moreover, the map at the trailhead is confusing. The trail network, in and of itself, is enjoyable, with enough curves and inclines to challenge you, but brace yourself for a confusing experience if this is your first time in the park and be patient. You can always download the Hiking Project mobile app for help navigating on the trails.

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Recommended Routes in Garden of the Gods Wilderness - 3

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Favorite Viewpoint and suitable backpacking campsite off the River to River trail. (Very close to trail, unfortunately).
Intermediate/Difficult

River To River Trail: Garden of the Gods Wilderness Section

5.4 mi 8.7 km 516' Up 157.15 m Up 654' Down 199.24 m Down

Rosiclare, IL
Favorite A natural archway over the portion of the trail approaching the Garden of the Gods Observation loop.
Difficult

Garden of the Gods - Outer Loop

3.4 mi 5.4 km 418' Up 127.42 m Up 423' Down 128.93 m Down

Rosiclare, IL
Favorite Looking south over Karber's Ridge.
Intermediate

Indian Point Loop Trail

1.8 mi 2.9 km 158' Up 48.1 m Up 158' Down 48.29 m Down

Rosiclare, IL

Trails in Garden of the Gods Wilderness - 4

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0.5 mi 0.8 km #1Observation Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL
Easy/Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL 13 
4.4 mi 7.1 km #2Trail #001A
Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL
Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL
0.9 mi 1.4 km #3Trail #108J
Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL
Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL
0.7 mi 1.2 km #4Trail #108C
Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL
Intermediate
Rosiclare, IL

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Natural arch along river to river trail just below the Pharaoh Campground.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Viewpoint and suitable backpacking campsite off the River to River trail. (Very close to trail, unfortunately).
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Another one of the vista points off the Garden of the Gods observation trail looking out on what was once an inland sea.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Looking out into the Garden of the Gods wilderness area.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Crossing Little Eagle Creek.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Looking south over Karber's Ridge.
Oct 24, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL
Navigating downed logs on Pharaoh Trail (108H).
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
The water-eroded underside of one of the sandstone bluffs juts out over the riverbed trail.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL