Rock of Ages – A hike off the beaten trail

The week before last, my son and I took a hike off the beaten trails near Ponytail Falls up to the Rock of Ages. The trail isn’t maintained, so at times it seems to disappear and reappear. Luckily, we ran into someone coming down at one of those times it was disappearing and were able to get ourselves going in the right direction again. Mostly, though, there aren’t too many people who wander off the main path to come see this all natural wonder up at the top. It is worth the climb! I was so excited to come around the corner and see this, I believe I may have been shouting down the trail to my son: ‘Oh my gosh. I see it! I see it! I see it!’. Yeah. I get a little excited about cool stuff I see in nature.

While we were up there, two more people came up, looked around and then left, leaving us to this wonderful photographers dream all by ourselves. We took photos of the amazing scenery, photos of each other, photos of us jumping for joy in front of the Rock of Ages, then we went across to the Mounds where I climbed up for a better view of the Gorge. After that, it was on to the Devil’s Backbone, where we did not jump for joy or we may have plummeted off the side of the ridge down into the canyon below. We walked a bit past that, then turned around and headed back down the trail again. There is technically a 10 mile trail loop you could continue on if you so chose, but again, it’s not maintained and also involves crossing through the Oneonta Gorge, which is probably pretty high and cold in the spring time.

Due to many fallen trees, the path going down disappeared, but we could kind of see across to a fallen tree we had climbed over on the way up, so onward we went, blazing our own trail until we hit the faint trail on the other side. Where we promptly lost the trail, found it again, and eventually made our way down to the side trail overlooking the top of Ponytail Falls (officially known as Upper Horsetail Falls, but referred to most as Ponytail Falls).

What an amazing adventure! I’m so excited the weather is turning and I can start going on fun adventures outdoors again. What are some of the beautiful places in the world you want to see this year?

 

 

Jumping for joy in front of the Rock of Ages
Jumping for joy in front of the Rock of Ages

 

 

Sometimes, you can barely make out the trail ahead of you, but just keep going, there may be wonderful things around the corner.
Sometimes, you can barely make out the trail ahead of you, but just keep going, there may be wonderful things around the corner.

 

 

Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages

 

 

Devil's Backbone
Devil’s Backbone

 

 

Looking down at Ponytail Falls
Looking down at Ponytail Falls

 

 

Trillium above Ponytail Fall
Trillium above Ponytail Fall

 

 

 

 

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