Indian Staircase Trail

MODERATE 56 reviews

Indian Staircase Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Pine Ridge, Kentucky 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.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1020 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no shade

This is an un marked trail. Please make sure to research a get directions before you go. Be wary of bringing your pet up the staircase if they aren't used to climbing. Bring water!

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24 days ago

5 out of 5 when combined with cloud splitter

backpacking
25 days ago

Great views, interesting rock features, and plentiful camping sites.

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

Awesome views on this unique trail. Brought our corgi who was a champ and scampered right up the staircase. The trail becomes a little hard to follow once you reach the overhang at the top, but keep walking through it and it picks back up again. Saw a few other people but definitely not a busy trail. Can't wait to do it again.

To climb up the staircase you will cross 4 streams, the last of which has the largest bridge made of 4 logs. From there it's about 200 yards to a tree with a white turtle and white diamond stamped on it. You can either continue straight or turn up and right. Go up and right on the smaller trail to reach the base of the stairs.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I've been on a lot of trails at the gorge. This is by far my favorite hike. So many beautiful sites to see. Just be prepared to walk the ridges which can be frightening if you're not used to it.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail. Please make sure you have proper instructions, as hikers without a lot of experience could easily get lost. Frogs head was cool, and also went down to see the longest rock shelter in the gorge on the back side. Loved this trail!!

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes in Red River Gorge. I would be wary to bring your pet up the staircase if they aren't used to climbing. I have a German Shepherd and she managed to get up but it was difficult in spots for her. Beautiful hike and beautiful views, just keep an eye out for the cliff edge.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice decent length trail. Few very cool spots off this one, including the frog head rock.

2 months ago

very nice view and fun rapel option

2 months ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

One of my favorite hikes at the gorge. If you're with someone who knows the trails you can make it a loop the goes up the staircase and around the ridge back to the parking area.

2 months ago