Rock River Trail | Cross Country Ski

Rock River Trail | Cross Country Ski

From the trailhead you will start skiing on a soft trail that gets much less use than other trails in the Indian Lake area, but later in the season with a good base the ski can be a nice one. You initially work your way over a few rolling hills before you descend to a low land area with Rock Pond through the woods on your left. The pond can be seen slightly through the forest, but no trail actually approaches its shore. The trail will swing from high ground to low ground but eventually stay high above the lake to avoid any wet trail crossings, which typically don't exist this time of year. The trail slowly swings northerly around Stark Hills before it starts to slowly descend and eventually end at the Shore of Rock River. There is a sharp descent to the shore of Rock River; this is also along a narrow trail with many trees lining it, for most it might be wise to take off the skis and walk down the hill, the river is just a bit further down the trail.

Elevation Gain/Loss to Destination:

~350 feet of elevation loss to the river

Distance Round Trip:

6.0 miles

Approximate Time Round Trip:

Families with Kids: 3 to 4 hours

Experienced Skiers: 2 to 3 hours

Beginner Skiers: 3 to 4 hours

Trailhead Location:

From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 28 in Indian Lake follow Route 28/30 toward Blue Mountain Lake for 4.6 miles to the trailhead on the right.

Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest

Three: Due to distance and infrequent use in winter

Additional Important Information:

Skiing over a frozen body of water is a cross-country skiing past time; it can access you to areas not seen by most in the summer. With that being said it is a dangerous activity to cross frozen water bodies and should be done with care and respect for your environment. Know the ice conditions and be prepared for anything including heavy winds, snow drifts, whiteouts, slushy conditions, and thin ice.

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