Storm Recovery and Trail Conditions: A Message from Steep Rock Association

Tropical Story Isaias has had a significant impact in all Steep Rock Preserves. We lost count of the number of trees broken or felled on our trails in Hidden Valley, Macricostas, and Steep Rock Preserves. But within 12 hours of the storm’s abatement, staff, trail managers, and volunteers began assessing damage, clearing debris, and removing downed and dangerous trees for your safety. We are continuing our work through the weekend and expect it will take another week to ensure all 43 miles of Steep Rock trails are safe and usable. While our Preserves and trails remain open, we have posted “temporary closed” signs on trails with dangerous conditions. 

You can help us out in this effort:

  • Please report any downed trees or dangerous conditions to https://steeprockassoc.org/report-trail-conditions/ (photos and locations are helpful).
  • We advise caution while hiking, please avoid closed trails, and please do not re-route around downed trees as this disturbs the ecology of our preserves. 
  • To support our cleanup efforts, please consider a donation to Steep Rock Association.

For a complete breakdown of what trails are open and cleared of trees, please see the maps of each Preserve below. Specific details regarding each Preserve are also listed below. We appreciate your support and patience during this challenging time.

Macricostas Preserve: 

  • All trails are open and cleared of trees

Hidden Valley Preserve

  • The second parking area on Sabbaday Lane is closed due to dangerous conditions, as is the portion of the Pinnacle Trail immediately abutting the parking area. Please use an alternate parking area. 

Steep Rock Preserve

  • Shinar Trail and the Holiday House Loop are closed due to dangerous conditions. 

Stay safe and enjoy your hike!

Brian Hagenbuch, Ph.D.

Executive Director

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