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Auxier Ridge Trail #204

 4.8 (9)

Length


2.0 Miles 3.2 Kilometers


200' 61 m

Ascent

-352' -107 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

1,296' 395 m

High

1,144' 349 m

Low

Shared By Chris Chaney

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

Chris Chaney

Dogs Unknown

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.

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Nov 25, 2017
Amanda Smith
Hour to the end of Auxier Ridge (20min relax) hour and ten min return. 2mi
Oct 14, 2017
Ranger Danger
Jun 17, 2017
Barrett Brown
2mi
Dec 16, 2016
Dakota Clark
Great views and pleasant hike along the ridgeline. 2.5mi
Oct 29, 2016
Ranger Danger
View of Haystack rock, easy to lay down and watch the sky for hours.
Mar 26, 2016
April French
2mi

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  4.8 from 9 votes

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