Auxier - Courthouse Loop
ElevationAscent: 669' 204 m
Descent: -669' -204 m
High: 1,293' 394 m
Low: 895' 273 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 46% (25°)
Current trail conditions
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“A quintessential Red River Gorge hiking experience.”— Chris Chaney
There is a lot of foot traffic along the ridge. The lower trail is starkly different and gets far less. It is a bit more remote and if you get into trouble it's unlikely someone will come across you quickly on Courthouse Rock Trail #202.
The lower section of the loop along Courthouse Rock Trail #202 is distinctly different from the ridgetop portion (Auxier Ridge Trail #204) and feels remote and isolated.
A variation of this hike is to traverse across Auxier Branch on the Auxier Branch Trail and gain Tunnel Ridge Road to return to the trailhead. You can also detour to Double Arch on this variation.
Land Manager: USFS - Daniel Boone National Forest Office