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Indian Point Loop Trail

Intermediate
 4.2 (11) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A beautiful loop trail that features bluff views, amazing rock walls, and a gentle forest floor.


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Map Key

1.8

Miles

2.9

KM

Loop

887' 270 m

High

762' 232 m

Low

158' 48 m

Up

158' 48 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Overview

Expect fantastic views of rocks with plenty of nooks and crannies to explore.

Need to Know

It is easy to miss the trail and wind up on the Ridge Top Trail. Signage is not good on this trail.

Description

Indian Point Trail is a 1.9-mile loop trail that starts on the ridge and progresses out to a beautiful bluff face overlooking the valley.

From there, it turns left and descends below the bluff offering some of the best views of the bluff face with tons of opportunities for rock scrambling and exploring. The trail continues along the forest floor before ascending a slight rise. Be careful to look out for a deceptive trail turning left that is not part of this trail.

The loop trail continues straight along a less-beaten trail and stays below the bluff. The forest floor opens up as the trail moves away from the bluff and is a perfect place for viewing wildflowers in the spring.

The trail closes the loop at the pond near the parking lot. Heading clockwise, be on the lookout for a sharp descent and old campsite at the end of the lake. This is the loop trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

Austin Harrison

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 11 votes

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Photos

Looking south over Karber's Ridge.
Oct 24, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL
Without a person for scale, it is hard to show the true size of this formation. These rocks are 60-80 feet tall. It is perfect for rock scrambling and exploring.
Jan 2, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL
My hiking buddy enjoys a very cool small cave with flat floor. It only goes in about 20 feet, but it's a good place to take shelter from a storm.
Jan 2, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL
Spectacular rock formations make this an impressive hike.
Jan 2, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL
The Indian Point Trail travels near the edge of the bluff in this section.
Jan 2, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL
This is the turnoff to do the Indian Point Loop Trail in a clockwise fashion, opposite of the direction of the mapped route. Some yellow flagging tape marks it just beyond the lake and a short distance from the parking lot.
Jan 2, 2017 near Rosiclare, IL

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Jun 27, 2020
Jennifer Luer
Feb 29, 2020
Robert Wagner
Nov 17, 2019
Angie Smith
When you get to the first split, if you want to do the longer trip(3.1mi) make sure you go to the right. Great trail, not to difficult with beautif… 3.1mi
Jul 23, 2019
Andrew Andrew
2mi — 1h 40m
Apr 21, 2019
Sara Hallas
Sunny and 75 — 2h 00m
Apr 15, 2019
Kyle Carter
1.8mi
Mar 17, 2019
Drew Levan
Jan 5, 2019
Omar Quadri
Trail was quite challenging in terrain and made worse by being muddy from rains. In many places it was hard to see the trail making me feel lost.