Bluff Trail


Bluff Trail
Bluff Trail - Council point(4) to Treasure Cave (6) along the bluff to East end of Wisconsin Ridge Campground

The majority of the Bluff Trail has been closed since the park experienced heavy rains in 2007. The ground was completely saturated due to days of heavy rain and then, the park received eight inches of rain in two hours, this caused extensive trail damage throughout the park. Due to the damage, only a short section of Bluff Trail going to Treasure Cave has remained open. In 2016 sections of the trail were rehabilitated by installing new steps, railings and walk bridges. In the spring/early summer of 2017, the remaining section of the trail will be fixed with hopes that the trail will open
in the summer of 2017. 
Following is an unofficial trail description.

Trail Rating Guide:
* 1=walking on a level paved road.
* 10=Walking on an unmarked trail up a bluff, covered with leaves, poison ivy, tree roots and boulders the size of a house.

Distance: 0.2 miles on top of the bluff. From Treasure Cave to East end 0.7 miles (No loop)
Time: 15-30 minutes from Point Lookout to Council Point. A side trail to Treasure Cave - 15-20 minutes
Difficulty: 2.0-3 from Point Lookout to Council Point (stairs). The 3.5-5.5 Side trail to Treasure Cave (Stone Steps and ladder)
Bathrooms: Point Lookout Shelter, or near the playground.
Parking: Point Lookout Picnic Area
Description:
Council Point
The pathway along Wisconsin Ridge, from Council Point to Point Lookout is blacktop. A wooden railing separates the trail from the edge of the bluff. Erratically spaced stone steps (5-6 steps)are encountered along the way.

Steps to "The Keyhole"
A stone stairway is used to reach Treasure Cave. There are about 30-40 steps. The stepping stones were quarried in the park and laid by hand many, many years ago. Thousands of feet have walked on these steps. The erratically spaced steps make it next to impossible for baby strollers to negotiate the steps.

Steep wooden steps are used to get to Treasure Cave. A railing is provided for these steps.

Paul Kosir's book, Wyalusing History, the Park, the People, the Land, has interesting stories about Treasure Cave.

The Guardian Waits
Special Note: Just before passing through "The Keyhole" look for a fence post longer than the others. The post is closest to "The Keyhole". While standing next to the fence post look along the edge of the bluff forming "The Keyhole". A stone face profile will begin to take form. The nose is easily seen. Looking up, find the eyebrow and forehead. The lips and chin are a little difficult to make out. Did you see it? Some say that this is the guardian of Treasure Cave. As long as the guardian shows its face, the treasure is safe. Of course, that's just a story......or is it?