hiking
18 days ago

This was a fun hike with some cool rock structures to appreciate (boulders, bluffs, small caves, lookouts). There were also several small trails that branched off this lollipop route to some primitive & top-of-the-bluff campsites. Depending on the section of trail you might also notice you go from being below a predominantly evergreen forest canopy to a deciduous canopy. Side note: there was loads of poison ivy.

hiking
29 days ago

Of all the trails my husband and I hiked while staying in Shawnee, this was the easiest one. There's a nice pond right inside the trail with a ton of wildlife(frogs, fish, dragonflies). Easy inclines with great view of the rocks.

Rrrrrrrr! Easy to sneak around at night and make loud noises.

hiking
1 month ago

The Indian Point Trail is a nice complement to the Garden Of the Gods Observation Trail and the trailhead is walking distance or a very short drive away and has a reasonable parking area and obvious trailhead. While GoG looks due west, the Indian Point view is a little more southwest giving you a slightly different view of the wilderness. The main view is the southernmost point on the track and is a relatively easy and picturesque walk through a pine forest. The large loop to the east gives great views of the fractured rock escarpment and a chance to explore the many karst caves at the base. As it was approaching sunset I shot straight to the point to get some pictures then took my time walking back the loop in a CCW direction. As others have mentioned, there appears to be an abundance of poison ivy on this trail. Unless I'm wrong about the plant identification, and I don't think I am, there was a LOT of poison ivy so watch what you brush up against. I just stayed to the center of the trail and was fine.

hiking
1 month ago

We camped with an 8 year old and this was a wonderful place to camp. The trail itself is uneven and lined with poison ivy. Pack light if you intend to camp as this is not a trail you want to pack 40 pounds uphill. Overall, we will be back.

hiking
1 month ago

My fiancée and i hiked this short trail in early April when the weather was still chilly and before any foliage had really begun to bloom for spring. I would imagine this is a beautiful trail after everything turns green, and while it's a nice off-season hike, the color palette is shades of brown. The path is clear, wide and easy to follow, we started by taking a left at the fork, heading east (at the first split). The entirety of the trail is marked fairly well, but if not paying attention it would be easy to take a side path and end up off course. If you head east, you're quickly atop some vibrant rock formations which you'll soon end up underneath as you descend along the path, likely squeezing through the shallow caves and narrow crags for fun. After exploring the caves and quickly moving south through the woods you're back atop some bluffs which offer the widest view of the area. After taking it in it's an easy stroll back north towards the trailhead.

was great did this loop with marley and Katie after doing garden of the gods. Nice caves. Katinyas first cave!

Beautiful scenery. The trail is not difficult but if you want to increase your work load hike down the rocks and explore the caves. Some muddy areas but that's no surprise given this time of year.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail for us and our dog. We have a little “mixed breed” :) this had just enough challenges to keep us all interested. My husband and I are exploring retirement activities and trails like this one are perfect for a little workout. Pretty scenery for that part of the country. Met some friendly people on the trail. Not much trash laying around.

on Indian Point Trail

hiking
2 months ago

We took a family hike on Good Friday. The parking lot was overflowing when we started the trail at about 2:45. when we came off the trail 2 hours later, most of the cars were gone.

The trail is easy to follow, bit make sure to watch for the blue markers with a a black arrow in them to be sure you don't take a side trail.

There are several nice spots to take in the views. While we just took a day hike, we met a family that were going out for the night. There were several nice campsites along the trail, mainly on the top side of the trail (beginning third if traveling clockwise). The campsites we saw were visible from the trail.

We didn't see any trail maps during our visit to the area. I like to have one to follow our progress, but we made it. Going left at the fork when you start the trail is probably easier than going right - It's a slower, gentler climb back up the hill.

Be sure to enjoy the Garden of the Gods observation trail while you're so close. The Pharoah campground (primitive, $10/night, self-serve) and picnic area is nearby with pit toilets and trash receptacles.

Amazing

Hidden gem in Illinois. Well worth the time to explore this and other hikes at Garden of the Gods.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice easy trail with some great overlooks and neat rock formations. Saw people camping but we just did a day hike and combined it with Garden of the Gods and Rim Rock. All nice trails within 10 miles of each other

backpacking
9 months ago

Very cool trail. Caves, unreal rock formations, and a great lookout point. I would advise to do this before going to the Garden of the Gods observation area, just because Garden of the Gods is the best scenery in the region. Do yourself a favor and let the excitement build up by doing this trail first before going to the Garden of the Gods.

Hidden surprises

Not a bad little trail to do with the family. I love the overlooks, but the lower part of the trail at the base of the bluffs has some neat caves and crevices.

11 months ago

Beautiful scenery and easy to navigate. Great for kids and adults. Take some food and have a picnic!

Nice trail with awesome views and small caves to explore!!!

hiking
11 months ago

These are the kinds of trails that so many people miss. Absolutely beautiful!

hiking
11 months ago

An often overlooked trail. Most folks opt for Garden of the Gods, which is very nice. But, Indian Point offers nice vistas and big rocks and much less traffic!

hiking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Excellent hike to overlook straight out and then go left to circle back and see awesome rock formations with a couple cool caves. I prefer this over observation trail for sure. Lookout point is great spot to eat, have snack and enjoy the scenery.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

For me personally this is better observation trail. Not as crowded still magnificent views caves. Some back pack camping places available.

hiking
Thursday, April 06, 2017

Another short and easy trail, still plenty of traffic. Nice spots at the midpoint to sit on the rocks, overlook the view, and have a snack or eat lunch.

backpacking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

This was my family's first backpacking trip. We planned on going clockwise on the trail, but we missed the first fork. We ended up taking a left at a trail where a log was sawed in half across the fork in the trail, but that fork apparently bypasses the Indian Point view at the southernmost leg of the loop. We did happen upon a fire ring at the top of the bluff and a nice site for camping right in front of an evergreen forest. Plenty of downed trees meant plenty of firewood at this site. Most people passing by were descending to the lower trail to explore the rocks and caves, but we enjoyed the view and our campfire from up above. Picked up a couple pieces of trash near our camp, but that was all we found. Overall, it was a wonderful first experience for me and my family and we look forward to many more backpacking adventures. We will definitely visit Indian Point again to explore the lower trail. One more thing, the AllTrails app was very helpful for letting us determine where we were on the trail. No phone reception, but somehow it worked on my wife's iPhone (she was able to get the trail map), but not on my S6. (We both have T-mobile.)

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Very nice well kept trail. Clearly marked, however this app was very helpful for following the trail.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

good wide paths, dense evergreen woods, and great views from a height.

hiking
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

nice easy trail.

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

A beautiful trail. Starts and ends easy, with a moderate section in the middle. IMO, it should be rated as moderate as to not mislead novice hikers. Great places to explore in the rocks and caves along the bottom of the cliffs. Great views from the top.

hiking
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Love this short trail. After the crowds of people at Garden of the Gods only a short distance away, this felt like a welcome respite that may be overlooked by the people flocking to the main attraction one hill over. I actually enjoyed my hike here more because of the lack of people.

hiking
Sunday, January 22, 2017

Lots of fun. Short hike, but you can make it longer by exploring in and out of the rocks and "cave like" areas. Great scenery at the top. It took us about an hour to hike in and out.

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