Little Grand Canyon Trail is a 3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Pomona, IL that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
From Murphysboro, take Highway 127 south 6 miles to Etherton Rd.; then west 6.4 miles.* From Alto Pass, take Highway 127 north 8 miles to Etherton Rd.; then west 6.4 miles. * From Murphysboro Work Center office, take 20th Street south 1.5 miles to Hickory Ridge Rd.; then south 5.5 miles to the site. * At this point follow the directional signs.
slightly moderate, not challenging but still very pretty.
One of my favorite trails, it is one of the more difficult trails in this area, it is also very fun. The hike up and down the canyons is well worth the extra effort. As other had said the mosquitoes are bad at the bottom, be sure to bring bug spray.
Nice tough hike requiring a bit of climbing and creek crossings. Slick when wet but still doable and makes for some nice waterfalls. Not a good one to do alone!
Great hike in dry season; rocks are pretty slick when wet. Beautiful views down in the canyon. Would recommend using plenty of bug spray for the mosquitoes in the bottom.
very challenging. you walk down a slot canyon and walk up another one. but it is beautiful and a fun hike. only draw back was the trail at time is not clearly marked.
Hiked this trail on 08/12/. Tried to descend off a side trail and me and my hiking partner ended up both getting stuck on the canyon wall and having to hike back and down to the trail where it officially descended into the canyon. The canyon floor was very slick, a woman in another group ended up slipping and hitting her head on the rock, look for the carved out steps and footholds. The mosquitos were absolutely AWFUL from all the stagnant water, I've never seen so many mosquitos in my life. Rest of the trail is challenging and fun, probably better to hike in the fall when all the bugs are dead and there is less foliage on the trees for the great views at the end. The trail was kinda of poorly marked and maintained, but rewarding to finish.
One of my favorite trails of all time. It's not every day you get to climb down your own little canyon while hopping and skipping over the stream that's been cutting it for who knows how long. While there were a few parts where our 70 lb. dogs needed a boost or a little help, they fared really well and I think genuinely enjoyed climbing as much as we did. It was unbelievably beautiful, and we only crossed paths with two other groups, so it felt like we had the place to ourselves. I highly recommend this trail!
Love this trail. It can be challenging after a nice rain, as the descent and ascent out of the 'canyon' is through a waterfall/creek. Well worth the effort!
Great! Very nice hike.
This trail features a lot of sight seeing, great for photography. However, this trail could be difficult and is very favorable to physically fit persons. It's a great exercise trail. I'll be going back for sure.
Beautiful trail two waterfalls that were definitely slick following a big rain which made it pretty cool to hike. Little buggy at basin of hike but half expected given standing water! Would go back for sure. Took 4 of us all in pretty good shape at leisure pace about 2 hours. FRom Illinois perspective doesn't seem to be here .
What an adventure! The scenery was beautiful after several days of raining, but the trail leading down to the canyon rocks was slick as was the canyon chute climbing back up. In all my family including a 9 and 11 year old had a fun time and definitely felt a sense of accomplishment at the end. We did encounter several people without hiking poles who turned around and didn't venture down. I would say poles are a must.
The trail itself is a little over 3 miles. That said there are a lot of elevation changes including going down one waterfall and up another. The footing is slick but there are hand holes you can use. My beagle had no problem on this trail.