An excursion on dirt trails. This trail has the steepest inclines of any of our hikes, but the view from the top is phenomenal. We will hike the Salt Lick Trail to the top of the bluff, across the ridgetop and then back down.
Next, we will hike the Johnson Trail creek/valley trail to Valmeyer and back. It’s a valley, but it’s not all that level either. Waterproof boots strongly recommended (actually required) here, there will be creek crossing in several spots.
YOU WILL BE TIRED WHEN WE’RE DONE! This is a workout!
Bring snack, we’ll stop at the little waterfall on the trail, about the halfway point. There’s a great little bar/grill in Vallmeyer with cheap, good food. Of course, we will have to go there after!
Rated DIFFICULT with a couple of really wicked inclines. One even has a rope to hang onto, it’s that steep. The ridgetop is very narrow with 200′ drops on either side, so you dog will have to be on leash there.
ONE DOG PER PERSON
HIKING BOOTS REQUIRED FOR SAFETY
BRING POLES IF YOU HAVE THEM (if you don’t have them, buy some)
YAKTRAX required, if it’s snowy or icy.
NO BEGINNERS, NO FIRST-TIMERS. You must have done at least one 5 mile hike with group before, and you (and your dog) need to be in good shape for this one. Your name will be removed from attendees if you’re a first timer with the group.
BRING WATER FOR YOUR DOG, none on the top of the hill. Should be water in the creek, but no guarantees.
About 6 miles total. Allow 3.5-4 hours .
PACE OF HIKE is moderate/relaxed, with stops whenever necessary to enjoy the scenery, water dogs or just catch our breath. If you’re a fast hiker, plan on slowing down. This is not a power hike….we don’t do that.
Use mapping feature or your GPS. The best way is over the JB Bridge.
From Route 3 in Waterloo, IL, take Highway 156 west, to original Valmeyer, turn north (right) on Bluff Road. Proceed about 12 minutes to the Rock City complex sign and turn east (left) on Limestone Lane. The parking area is on the left.