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Auxier Ridge Trail #204

Intermediate
 4.7 (16)

Auxier Ridge is a popular trail hike in the RRG for its amazing views and rock formations.


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Map Key

2.0

Miles

3.2

KM

Point to Point

1,296' 395 m

High

1,144' 349 m

Low

200' 61 m

Up

352' 107 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

From the parking lot, the trail begins to lose elevation and is technical right out of the gate. At the first left bend, you can look out right and see part of the ridge where you'll be hiking.

After the initial rooty section, the trail mellows and you get a nice reprieve before tackling a knob-like hill which has some technical sections. After crossing a shallow saddle, there is another rock ledge to negotiate, and then you can settle into...nope, nevermind, just keep churning up and down the rollers as the ridge goes on and on.

Two-thirds of the way out you'll come across an open area on the left. It's worth the quick detour to check out the incredible views of Haystack Rock (well left) the mouth of Indian Creek below, and Courthouse Rock to the right at the end of the ridge.

Once back on the trail you'll cross a narrow bare sandstone area before climbing another broad knob and finally hitting the narrowing end of the ridge before the steep stair descent to the gap.

This trail is worth the trip!

Out-and-back is nice or you can combine this with the Courthouse Rock Trail #202 or the Auxier Branch Trail and Tunnel Ridge Road for two different loop options of similar distance.

Contacts

Shared By:

Chris Chaney with improvements by Daniel Augur

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  4.7 from 16 votes

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Photos

View of Courthouse Rock from Auxier Ridge near Haystack Rock
Jul 9, 2015 near Stanton, KY
Red River Gorge
Jul 9, 2015 near Stanton, KY
Courthouse Rock looms over the trail below.
Dec 31, 2016 near Stanton, KY
The view from Haystack Rock is pretty exceptional.
Dec 31, 2016 near Stanton, KY
Fall colors in the gorge.
Jul 9, 2015 near Stanton, KY
Looking down on the trail
Jul 9, 2015 near Stanton, KY

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Mar 9, 2020
Mike Sloan
Wild fire closing it
Mar 8, 2020
Ethan Smith
Feb 16, 2020
Andrew Ott
Nov 17, 2019
Chris Davis
Clean and dry
Jun 15, 2019
Aaron Currin
Mar 31, 2019
Landon Withers
Thomas, Molly, Amelia — 12h 30m
Mar 22, 2019
Paul Burton
Dec 24, 2018
Severn Alexander
Wife complaining the entire time going up and down the trail. Still very beautiful. 2mi