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Observation Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.4 (13)

An accessible path to the most prominent viewpoints of the Garden of the Gods.


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Miles

0.8

KM

Loop

867' 264 m

High

799' 243 m

Low

122' 37 m

Up

119' 36 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

17%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

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Family Friendly The easily accessible trail and interesting rock formations can be educational about the ancient geology of the area.

Description

A short, quarter mile loop highlighting the unusual rock formations and dramatic cliffs of the Garden of the Gods in the Shawnee National Forest, easily accessible by the general public. Bring your camera and your kids, and backpackers along the River to River Trail should plan on making a visit, but the area can be crowded due to its ease of access.

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Ryan Georgi

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  4.4 from 13 votes

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  4.4 from 13 votes
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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
Some of the bizarrely shaped rock cliffs visible from the Garden of the Gods observation trail.
Oct 10, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Rocks and trees.
Oct 28, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
View from the Observation Trail.
Oct 28, 2016 near Rosiclare, IL
Garden of the Gods view.
Mar 2, 2018 near Rosiclare, IL

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Jul 29, 2020
K S
Jul 20, 2020
Jack A
Feb 29, 2020
Robert Wagner
May 24, 2019
Colleen R
very easy trail with nice rock formation views 0.2mi — 17h 00m
Mar 17, 2019
Drew Levan
Jan 19, 2019
tim joyner
0.3mi
Dec 1, 2018
Fredy v
Sep 29, 2018
Jasmine Caldwell
me and Rodney harp will start this trail today with our dogs and it's their first hike out. doing part of this trail today and part of the r2rt To… 2mi