Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Pine Ridge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike, totally recommend. We had difficulty finding it the first couple times we went, and if you ask the park rangers they will not tell you how to get there, but we did get lucky with one ranger who told us exactly, and it was great fun.

Pretty decent hike. The staircase is not part of the official trails so we had to check the map a couple of times because we got a bit lost. Other than that was pretty easy. We had some nice views but the staircase itself was not that overwhelming.

Easy hike down which was perfect for our three year old. We went after a day of heavy rain so we expected to see a waterfall, but there was not a waterfall at the end of this trail. Just rocks with a few drips of water coming off of them. Pretty disappointing.

Loved it! Went for a field trip in school!

Started the trip by parking at the Rock Bridge picnic area with a 3 day pass. Got a late start and ended up camping on the creek about a half mile south of the wildcat the first night. The trail is rough a majority of the time with white diamonds blazing the entirety of the trail. It’s very humid on this trail due to the rainforest like vegetation. There are a lot of wet crossings and rocky obstructions which makes it fun to navigate. If you are filtering water be sure to fill up when you can because access to the creek at times is sparse. . Have fun!!

Love the staircase.

This trail is awesome! It’s intimidating at first but I essentially walked straight up with no problem. Gorgeous view and worth it!

One of my favorite short hikes. Great views and a nice hike to test a new backpack before going out for several days. varied terrain will show you any issues it might cause.

One of the best hikes in RRG.

The hike down is fun and the arch is more of a cave than anything. The hike back was pretty exhausting, be ready to sweat a bit on this one.

Beautiful trail

I was not able to find the hidden trail :(

Indian staircase provided me with my favorite trail in the gorge so far. This hike was fairly easy-going, yet beautiful. Climbing the "staircase" was challenging and rewarded us with stellar views once we made it to the top of the rock formation. Next we're making it a point to venture to the cloudsplitter.

hiking
5 months ago

One of my favorite trails in red river. Has all you want, climbing, waterfalls, and you see some arches

hiking
10 months ago

Great all around Adventure.

Fantastic trial! Also saw 4 snakes, rate the snakes as 10/10 they didn't bite us and were very polite. (Keep a lookout!) So great we did this hike twice in the short time we were in RRG.

It was OK. Dense trail with a lot of Mountain Laurel, but it doesn't have the great views like other RRG trails.

Wonderful start to what was an amazing hike. Started with Indian Staircase and went to Cloudsplitter.

hiking
11 months ago

Park at the Bison Way Trailhead,
About 100 yards along the trail, the trail splits, take the right path. From there, you'll cross 4 streams, after the fourth (about a mile in) you'll come across trail markings (turtle and diamond), if you wish to climb the indian staircase take the right there on what is a well beaten path, but not an official trail.

hiking
Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Climbing the staircase was fun and the views at the top are excellent.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Soooo easy to get lost.

backpacking
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Went a couple of summers ago. Was a nice trail and is in a part of the park that prohibits any man-made structures so don't expect hand rails and steps like you'll get some other places. Hiked about 7 miles in and went off trail up a creek bed to camp before hiking back out the next am. Was a difficult but very rewarding trip.

hiking
Friday, July 14, 2017

Pretty easy trail, at about the last quarter mile there are lots of stairs to descend and climb.

hiking
Saturday, July 01, 2017

Hiked this trail as a loop. Took Koomer Ridge to Buck Trail to Rough Trail and back to Koomer Ridge. I would rate this trail as moderate, with a few elevation changes that get your muscles burning. Buck Trail has some of the most beautiful creek views in RRG. There were quite a few signs up prohibiting camping in order to allow nature to do its thing. Would definitely recommend!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

5 out of 5 when combined with cloud splitter

backpacking
Monday, June 26, 2017

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

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

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
Friday, June 16, 2017

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.

hiking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Beautiful arch and area around it.

backpacking
Friday, June 09, 2017

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!!

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