Indian Staircase & Adena Arch Loop

MODERATE 4 reviews

Indian Staircase & Adena Arch Loop is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Denniston, Kentucky that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
639 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

views

rocky

off trail

hiking
1 month ago

This ranked moderate but should be marked HARD. This is an unmarked trail. There are a lot of side trails to different things and camping sites. Very easy to get lost once you’re up there. Climbing the actual Indian staircase is practically bouldering. It wasn’t hard. But it wasn’t easy. Don’t take a dog. I took mine and it was a struggle. Once you get to the top follow the trail down into the cave and around to be other side. You follow that along the ridge until the trail seems like it dead ends and the only way down is to shimmy down a washed out split in the rock covered in tree roots. Be careful. I could see where people could get hurt with this trail. Or lost.

Amazing beautiful and simply complicated hike. I prefer to take the counter clockwise route to go down the staircase more than going up.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago