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Hanson's Point Spur

Intermediate
 4.7 (12)

A ridgetop trail to an amazing overlook in the heart of the Red River Gorge.


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.4

KM

Point to Point

1,195' 364 m

High

1,083' 330 m

Low

46' 14 m

Up

115' 35 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Relatively easy hike, great views.

Description

This unofficial trail splits off of the Rush Branch section of Rough Trail near the western Rough Trail/Sheltowee Trace intersection. From the intersection head west on Rough Trail for a few dozen yards to a point just before the trail switches back and begins a steep descent. To the right another unmarked trail heads into a rough patch of woods. This is the spur trail.

Continue through an initial thicket of pine trees. The trail will open up shortly and hike through open woods. After a moderate distance, it passes through another section of stunted pines and sporadic deadfall before exiting into open forest again. Bear right as you cross the knob and follow the narrowing ridge to an exposed and rocky point. This is Hanson's Point. Views of Chimney Top Rock and Chimney Top Creek below are incredible from this vantage point. This is also a popular backpacking destination.

Flora & Fauna

Pileated Woodpeckers observed in the forest below and to the north and east primarily.

Contacts

Shared By:

Chris Chaney with improvements by Carl B

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 12 votes

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Photos

Pinch 'Em Tight Gap can be seen off in the distance from Hanson's Point.
Mar 27, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
Sunrise 11/29/2019
Nov 30, 2019 near Frenchburg, KY
The trail ends at phenomenal views from Hanson's Point.
Mar 27, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
Running back from Hanson's Point
Jul 14, 2015 near Frenchburg, KY

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Mar 30, 2019
Ryan Moore
1.6mi
Feb 23, 2019
Chris Davis
Some blowdown and slide, good times in spite of it all.
Nov 3, 2018
Mason Halcomb
Jun 23, 2018
Steven Boatwright
Dec 2, 2017
Michael Henry
Went from camp to Hanson's Point, my first time there. Incredible view. Was very disappointed with all the defacing. 2mi
Oct 18, 2017
Dino Rondene
Oct 7, 2017
Chris Davis
Sep 15, 2017
Jeff Gandee
Loved this spot! 2.8mi — 2h 20m