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Garden of the Gods Wilderness

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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.

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 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
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Favorite Looking south over Karber's Ridge.
Intermediate 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
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Favorite Below GotG looking South
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/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
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Garden of the Gods Wilderness Hiking

  • 9 Miles 15 Kilometers of Trail
  • 3 Recommended Routes
  • 4 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 9 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 2 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Garden of the Gods Wilderness - 12

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

Photos of Garden of the Gods Wilderness - 37

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Viewpoint and suitable backpacking campsite off the River to River trail. (Very close to trail, unfortunately).
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
Crossing Little Eagle Creek.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Natural arch along river to river trail just below the Pharaoh Campground.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Navigating downed logs on Pharaoh Trail (108H).
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Looking out into the Garden of the Gods wilderness area.
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 south over Karber's Ridge.
Oct 24, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL

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