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Osborne Bend Trail #240

Intermediate
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A true backcountry experience in the Red River Gorge area.


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6.8

Miles

10.9

KM

Point to Point

1,231' 375 m

High

751' 229 m

Low

758' 231 m

Up

728' 222 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Wildflowers · Wildlife

This trail is all within Clifty Wilderness. All wilderness restrictions apply.

Description

The western terminus is not well marked. Just past Tower Rock find a pull-off on the right just past a deep drainage. Look for the trail with a sign on the left (opposite side of the road from the river).

From the road, the trail climbs steadily until it gains the broad forested ridge. There are no sweeping vistas to be had on this trail. It's solely under the tree canopy and does not feature any of the iconic arches or rock formations the Red River Gorge is known for.

That said, the Osborne Bend Trail offers solitude and distance.

Once on the ridge the trail continues on old doubletrack (which feels like singletrack) around the watershed rim of Copperas Creek. Eventually, you'll begin a slippery and technical descent back to the river valley. The only difficult sections are compressed near the ends of the trail. The bulk of this trail is non-technical and relatively flat.

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Shared By:

Chris Chaney

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Mar 23, 2019
Carleton Sloan
6.8 miles trail, plus 2 miles on the road 8.8mi
Mar 12, 2019
Landon Withers
2h 30m
Sep 29, 2018
Trevor Aten
2mi — 1h 00m
Feb 25, 2017
Brady McClure
6.8mi
Nov 12, 2016
Dakota Clark
First hike at the Gorge and it got me hooked 8.8mi
Aug 27, 2016
Caitlin Foster