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Trail

4.8 mile 7.7 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 669' 204 m
Descent: -669' -204 m
High: 1,293' 394 m
Low: 895' 273 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 46% (25°)

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Trail shared by Chris Chaney

A quintessential Red River Gorge hiking experience.

Chris Chaney

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

The Auxier - Courthouse Loop has been a natural attractor for hikers for years. The ridge has magnificent views and challenging terrain and it naturally makes sense to return via the different and interesting Courthouse Rock Trail.

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.

Need to Know

There are a series of manmade steps at the end of the ridge. If you do this loop clockwise you'll have a grunt climb. Clockwise there is a quasi-scramble to gain the ridge.

Description

This hike is quintessential Red River Gorge. The ridge is rolling and tough at speed. The views are nothing less than amazing. You pass Haystack Rock, Courthouse Rock and overlooks along the way.

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.

Flora & Fauna

You will likely see birds, maybe snakes, and possibly squirrels. Deer and bear live in the area as well as bobcats, but they are rare and you have to be darn lucky to see them. This is the Red River Gorge so flora is diverse and amazing.

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Oct 23, 2018
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