This short but interesting hike loops through an abandoned quarry. The high sandstone walls show both signs of mining, but also fossil ripple marks. There is moss everywhere – on the rock walls, fallen boulders, and under the shaded tree canopy.

The main entrance is next to an artesian bottled water company. There are a few parking spots across the road, next to a free, continually running spring of cold water. Be sure to fill up your bottle before hiking.

There is a second trailhead about a quarter of a mile up the road. There appear to be a few trails, but the three we tried to follow all seemed to peter out within a hundred yards. This section of the Natural Area is very steep, with large walls of fallen rock.

Ableman’s Gorge
59 WI-136
Rock Springs, WI 53961