Tucked into the scenic rolling hills of the Western Highlands, 439-acre Black Rock offers a variety of outdoor activities. Steep, wooded ledges covered with pine, hemlock and oak provide the setting for Black Rock Pond.
Went to this trail this afternoon nice hike, but a little bit confusing to find. We went off of the loop path for about a half of a mile, but found our way back. Once on the path it was nice, some steep inclines but not all that challenging. We realized on the way back how to get on the loop trail. When you enter the park to the left of the first parking lot there is a sign with people hiking on it, you go past the sign and follow it down past a little pond. Then you will see a big bridge on the left and a smaller bridge straight in font of you, you go over the smaller bridge and there is a fork in the path, you bare to the right and go up the path and you will come to a second fork in the path ( one blue path one red) both are the loop you can pick what side you you want to start with.
Moderate trail. We started at Blackrock State Park and headed towards Leathermans cave by crossing Bidwell Hill Rd. We took the blue trail around and over the top of the caves and then down around the entrance to the cave, eventually picking up the yellow blue trail. There were some rocks that were climbed and caves to crawl through. My friend had her 25 lb toddler in a backpack and was able to do the hike without too many issues.
Definitely a moderate hike. A few challenging rock climbs that had us crab crawling up. Overall, beautiful scenery and cave is definitely a plus. I did some reading up on "The Leatherman" before going. It brought some historical perspective to the journey which I found interesting.