Loop Hike to Indian Cliffs from Timberbrook Road
Directions to trailhead
Take I-80 to Exit 37. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left onto Green Pond Road (County 513). Continue for 6.6 miles and turn right onto Timberbrook Road. Follow Timberbrook Road for about 1.3 miles to a parking area on the left, just before the gateway marking the entrance to Camp Winnebago.
At the northern end of the parking area, a triple yellow blaze marks the start of the Timberbrook Trail. Head north on this level trail. After descending a little and passing a marsh on the left, you’ll reach a junction with the white-blazed Four Birds Trail.
Turn right and follow the Four Birds Trail, which climbs over a knoll and descends to cross a wide woods road. The trail continues through dense stands of mountain laurel, then turns right and follows along an old stone wall. After descending to cross a stream, the trail climbs gradually to the top of a rise. It descends a little and crosses a woods road (the green-blazed Bear Trail begins on the right). Proceed ahead along the white-blazed Four Birds Trail, which continues to descend very gradually.
In another quarter mile, you’ll reach a junction with the blue-blazed Splitrock Trail, which begins on the left. Turn left onto the Splitrock Trail, which descends towards Misty Pond. It bears right at the pond, briefly follows its shoreline (with views over the pond), then heads east. After crossing the dirt Charlotteburg Road, the Splitrock Trail reaches the base of a cliff. It turns left, briefly follows along the base of the cliff, then turns right and climbs steeply to the crest of the rise. Here, it bears right and heads south along the ridge, continuing to climb.
At the highest point on the ridge, a rock ledge on the right offers a panoramic west-facing view. Splitrock Reservoir is visible to the south (left), and Misty Pond may be seen to the north (right).
Continue to head south on the blue-blazed Splitrock Trail, which descends along the ridge. Soon, the trail joins a woods road that comes in from the left. In another 50 feet, you’ll reach a junction with the Orange Trail (blazed with orange diamonds), which begins on the right. Turn right onto the Orange Trail, leaving the blue-blazed Splitrock Trail, and descend along a badly eroded woods road. After a short level section, follow the Orange Trail as it bears left, leaving the woods road. The Orange Trail crosses the dirt Charlotteburg Road and approaches the shore of the Splitrock Reservoir.
As the Orange Trail bears right and begins to head north, closely paralleling the shore of the reservoir, you’ll pass a large pile of mine tailings and an abandoned mine pit. Soon, the Orange Trail reaches an open area at the northern end of the reservoir and begins to head south along the western side of the reservoir, following a woods road (with a few detours to avoid eroded sections). For most of the way, the trail runs some distance from the shore of the reservoir, but it approaches the shore in a few locations. After curving to the right and heading west along the north shore of the wider section of the reservoir, the Orange Trail ends at a junction with the white-blazed Four Birds Trail.
Turn left onto the Four Birds Trail, which continues to parallel the reservoir. In a short distance, you’ll cross a rocky area and reach a woods road at the end of a cove of the reservoir. Here, a triple yellow blaze marks the start of the Winnebago Trail. Turn right, leaving the Four Birds Trail, and follow the yellow-blazed Winnebago Trail, which soon heads uphill, crossing into the Winnebago Scout Reservation.
Just ahead, you’ll reach a T-intersection at the shore of Durham Pond. Turn right onto a woods road, continuing to follow the yellow blazes. The trail soon begins to climb, reaching a cabin at the top of the rise. Here, the red-blazed Durham Trail begins on the right, but you should continue ahead on the yellow-blazed Winnebago Trail, which now descends.
At the base of the descent, the trail crosses a causeway at the northern end of Durham Pond, with views over the pond. In another quarter mile, the green-blazed Bear Trail begins on the right, but proceed ahead on the yellow-blazed Winnebago Trail, which curves to the left.
After passing a kiosk on the right and a locked gate, the Winnebago Trail ends at a paved road. Turn right onto the road and continue for about 500 feet to the parking area where the hike began.