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Rock Trail (RT) Loop

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Trail

7.0 mile 11.3 kilometer loop
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,035' 315 m
Descent: -1,034' -315 m
High: 812' 248 m
Low: 449' 137 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 44% (24°)

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Trail shared by Rob Cummings

The Rock Trail (RT) Loop passes by six of the "Rock" features of the trails in Ward Pound Ridge Rez.

Rob Cummings

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Overview

This loop passes the following six rock features of the park: Indian Rock Shelter, Castle Rock, Bear Rock, Dancing Rock, Raven Rocks, and Spy Rock. Both Spy Rock and Raven Rocks have scenic overlooks. Below Spy Rock is a rough stone staircase that ascends 300 vertical feet in about 2/10ths of a mile.

This access is shown from Michigan Rd., but you can also access the RT loop from Honey Hollow Rd. (limited parking).

Description

This is a demanding 7-mile loop. Go in any season -- better views in the winter and early spring -- but fun in all seasons. The terrain is rough at points with large trees coming down after storms and trails re-routing around them. Chances are you'll not see too many others on this trail in the colder seasons but summertime and warmer days it can be very popular. Bring a map or the Hiking Project mobile app -- all intersections are numbered so once you find one you can get oriented.

Flora & Fauna

Enjoy swaths of mountain laurel in the higher elevations. Additionally, spring vernal ponds dot the trail (seasonal).

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Aug 5, 2019
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May 25, 2019
Ellen Daniel
So beautiful! — 2h 00m
Mar 16, 2019
Mengying Wang
Feb 16, 2019
Joseph Hubicki
Nov 25, 2018
Daniel Krieger
Aug 25, 2018
Joseph Hubicki
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Jul 4, 2018
Tom Cook
Opens ar 9 am
May 28, 2018
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