Indian Staircase Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pine Ridge, KY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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
This is an in marked trail. Please make sure to research a get directions before you go.
was a nice upward climb.. the staircase itself is not a moderate climb.. beautiful scenery I definitely recommend!
Awesome views great hike
Gorgeous. Fun. Challenging.
This is a great hike, and I ended up modifying it to do it as a loop. As long as you follow the ridge line it will spit you out back at the parking lot (or in my case I got a little off track and had a couple minute walk on the road back to the trailhead). While many think the climb up the Indian Staircase in the most "stressful" part of the hike, shortly after the large overhead the trail is right on the cliffside and could be difficult for those with fears of heights.
Start at Bison Way Trailhead. Take Bison Way 0.6 miles to Sheltowee Trace trail. Turn left on Sheltowee and go 0.3 miles. Take unmarked trail going uphill to right. Some scrambling required to ascend the staircase. At top follow ridgeline to left. Visit Frog’s Head rock and after 0.2 milkes descend into rock shelter. Exit other side of rock shelter and after 0.1 miles climb to ridgetop. Follow ridgetop to left until meet up with Sheltowee Trace trail. Follow Sheltowee Trace to left visiting Indian Arch and back to Bison Way.
Ascending the Staircase looks difficult but is fun! Descending staircase is more difficult! I recommend following ridge top to left around to Sheltowee Trace instead.