Indian Staircase is a more difficult day hike of approximately 3.5 miles filled with very spectacular views. The 200 ft short ascent up the Indian Staircase is advanced, and not for everyone. This hike utilizes unmarked trails and some people have difficulty navigating. Not to fear, our guides here at Hiking RRG can navigate this trail in the dark, on a rainy night, whilst cradling Chuck Norris in our arms. Once at the top of Indian Staircase most hikers enjoy taking a break and having a snack in the company of the “Frog’s Head”. Aside from “Frog’s Head” you’ll have the opportunity to see Indian arch and visit the largest rock shelter in the Red River Gorge. Larger than a football field, that's pretty big... but not bigger than our founder's ego. While exploring our guides will show you many unique things only in Kentucky including the White-Haired Golden Rod. This is a rare species of flowering plant that is found in a single river canyon in Kentucky.
You'll get not just one but two trail guides that will lead you on an adventure of a lifetime. Also included in this hike you will get a FREE HikingRRG 32oz water bottle along with trail snacks. Our snacks usually consist of your basic hiking grub. Depending on the hike and what we want to give away you might get beef jerky, probar, clif bar, stick of gum, kind bar or another similar trail treat.
What's Not Included
To make this simple... anything not listed as included. Capisce? While we do offer trail snacks you may want to bring along some of your own if you would rather have powdered donuts and mountain dew. We won't look down on you as long as you share with the trail guides.
Are you kidding me? This isn't Golden Corral! On our short day hikes we don't provide meals. However, feel free to bring along anything you want. Mike really likes a medium rare ribeye.
Gear We Provide
On this trip and most of our other day hikes we won't be providing any gear. We will bring along some rope to assist with the Indian Staircase scramble if needed.
What Gear To bring
The main thing we suggest is a small daypack. This will allow you to carry snacks or any additional items you may want to bring. Feel free to bring a hammock along as we always do. Keep in mind that we will have to scramble up Indian Staircase. Carrying a pack is not recommended when doing this. Our guides have attached ropes to packs before to pull them up the Indian Staircase but this isn't suggested.
What Clothes To Bring
As with any trip this mainly depends on the weather. Feel free to wear shorts or pants. This trail is fairly clear so you don't have to worry about cutting those little legs up on thorns.