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Slippery Rock Gorge Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (11)

When a trail is called "Slippery Rock" you had better take warning!


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5.8

Miles

9.4

KM

Point to Point

1,253' 382 m

High

911' 278 m

Low

672' 205 m

Up

482' 147 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Waterfall

Description

The seemingly never-ending rock ledges and rutted trail make this trail difficult to find a groove and get up to pace. There are several climbs of 200-300 feet at maybe 5-10% grades, but those are almost enjoyable in comparison to hiking downhill.

The trail starts just up the road from the "Point" parking lot and, as part of the North Country Trail system, is blazed in a bright blue. From the start you are hiking among large boulders and must navigate your way down to Slippery Rock Creek.

You'll continue on until you reach the covered bridge. Cross the bridge, and the trail is on the left just 100 feet after exiting the bridge.

You'll stay on this trail for about a half mile to mile before reaching Eckert Bridge. Here you can connect with Kildoo Trail (the other side of Eckert Bridge) and head back to the covered bridge for a shorter loop (4 miles).

The next part is the longest section and also takes you up the slope in 200 or 300 foot chunks. You'll have some views of the creek, but this will be the mostly manageable, as up the slope is just about a rock-free section of the trail.

You'll come to a sign with three planks calling out the Slippery Rock Trail, Hell's Hollow, and Walnut Flats. Continue towards Hell's Hollow (it's a right) along the Slippery Rock Trail. This is the best section of the entire trail, offering small pine cover, gorgeous sections along Hell's Hollow with views, and more gentle terrain.

The trail ends at the Hell's Hollow parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

Signs posted along the trail ask you leave wildflowers alone, as many are rare or endangered.

Shared By:

Kevin Ketchman with improvements by Natalie Simon

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  4.3 from 11 votes

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Steeper than it appears. Coming down the switchbacks, we had to be wary of rock steps that were dangerously slick.
Dec 13, 2015 near Ellport, PA
A smoother section at the top of a hill along the final mile of Slippery Rock Trail. This section is book-ended by small climbs that require a little bit of walking.
Dec 13, 2015 near Ellport, PA
This is the closest you get to the river.  If you need to cool off, jump in!
Dec 13, 2015 near Prospect, PA

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Nov 22, 2020
Rachel Opp
6mi — 4h 15m
Aug 8, 2020
Brian Rishel
Out and back 12mi — 4h 00m
Jul 29, 2020
Anthony Jankowski
Hells Hollow-Alpha Falls parking, trail was in good condition except for a couple spots where the weather took its toll, not too bad, temp 64L-78H 8.2mi — 4h 45m
Jan 26, 2020
JD A
Slippery Rock Gorge plus the trail that parallels the Kildoo trail. 14.75 miles. Conditions on 1/25 were muddy / rainy / washouts. — 6h 01m
Apr 7, 2019
Christopher Lepore
4mi
Jan 12, 2019
Drew S
Hiked from Alpha Pass to Hell Run. Trails had snow and ice. Minimal crowds 14mi
Dec 29, 2018
Bud Stark
Hiking with Catherine A and Francis. The temperature is about 31° overcast sky but overall fairly dry for this time of the year and there is no sno…
Jun 18, 2018
Scott Butler