Eagle Rock and Sentinel Rock (two of the area’s five prominent towers) flank this half-mile trail that heads west from the visitor center. The trail’s earliest section paralells the park road and begins as a wide, paved path with two covered wagons on display. Its surface turns to sand as it enters a wagon-carved gulley—an original section of the much-traveled Oregon Trail—and climbs gently beneath the crumbling southern face of Eagle Rock. A granite memorial marks a newly graveled section of path that rises out of the ruts and rounds the sandstone hilltops toward a cul-de-sac overlook of the surrounding plains.
This exposed trail can be windy on the bluff’s north side, but on still days it’s a good option for families. And, the trail’s up-close views of Eagle Rock are some of the park’s most impressive.
-Mapped by Kristy Holland