The trail climbs slightly from the trailhead and passes by a trail on the right that leads to Gary’s Elbow. Continue straight ahead and take the next left at the top of the hill. The trail continues to climb moderately for just over a half mile to a major split. This is the beginning of the loop, which is most often hiked in a counterclockwise direction.
Turn right to enter the ridge portion of the trail, which consists of a lovely walk through a lush forest. The trail meanders about and continues along undulating hills. About a mile in there's a spur trail to Ore Bed Overlook. The actual summit of Split Rock Mountain is slightly off the trail, but it's easily accessible. At the end of the ridge there is an attractive overlook along a spur trail known as the North Rim. Just prior to that is a longer side spur down to South Rocks. If you have time these shouldn’t be missed.
The Split Rock Mountain Trail drops from the ridge and continues along the base of the mountain, following Robin’s Run Trail. This section is flat once you get off the mountain. The end of the trail will climb back up slightly to the North Rim Trail, just under a mile from the trailhead.
It can take several hours to complete the loop.
From the intersection of Route 9N and Route 22 in Westport, follow Route 22. Continue for 0.5 mile and turn right on Lake Shore Road. Follow Lake Shore Road for 4.5 miles to the trailhead on the right.
6 mile loop
The Split Rock Wild Forest is known for having timber rattlesnakes, which can often be seen sunning themselves at lookouts and along the trail. Negative encounters with humans are not likely as these animals are easily spooked, but it is highly advisable to keep pets on a leash and to never approach or corner a timber rattlesnake. If you or your pet has been bitten, seek medical attention as quickly as possible.
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are permitted on all hiking trails. The area is popular with skiers and snowshoers due to the width of trails, the opportunity to select trails with gentle ascents and the scenic views.
When traveling on designated snowmobile trails, skiers and snowshoers should be alert for snowmobiles. Move to the side of the trail to allow snowmobiles to pass.