Double Arch, Courthouse Rock and Auxier Ridge Loop

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Daniel Boone National Forest

Double Arch, Courthouse Rock and Auxier Ridge Loop is a 6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Stanton, Kentucky that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.0 miElevation gain1,036 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingHikingRock climbingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeMuddyRockyScramble
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From the trailhead go to double arch and then backtrack for about a half a mile. Then take the turn off for Courthouse Rock, follow it to Hay Stack. Then back to the trailhead. Very little backtracking and see three great Red River Gorge sites.

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Bradley Hudson
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Gwen Mullins
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Great hike! Trail could be hard to follow if not paying attention.

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Benson Lindsey
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Jared Askins
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Great hike. All Trails had this measured at 7.5 miles. We did take an extra half mile side trail. Great views that just seemed to get better at every turn. Some strenuous climbs but they are never long and really made the hike a lot more fun.

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John Bellovary
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lori barry
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Chris Roller
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Heather Wissel
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Drew Kesler
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John Molinaro
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HikingMuddy

Did the double, courthouse, and airier trail in that order so had to climb the stairs verse the down. Good moderate trail amazing sights fun and plenty of minor detour spur trail sights. Wet and mud a couple of washout spots all part of the fun

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David Janaskie
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Trail in decent shape considering all the recent rain and area flooding. Some down trees across trail in spots. Long section of trails were wet with water flowing across in spots, but not enough if you have decent boots - it actually made the hike unique and fun.

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Cameron Simoneaux
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wonderful conditions, perfect weather, awesome food, impeccable company

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Megan Donovan
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Great trail- really nice in the winter to be able to see through the trees! Fairly easy to follow the markings. Great loop!

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Taylor King
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Jacob Hyman
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HikingMuddy

Great 360 views on top of double arch make this a must hike. Nice stream between double arch and courthouse to filter some water. Can get muddy around this part and atop courthouse so I would recommend boots.

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@ Hopsandhiking
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Great trail with some great views. One of the best trails in the area. Tough set of stairs if you have a small dog you will likely have to carry them down a couple flights.

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Jason Bruce
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Sheridan | Outsidevibes
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Loved it! Was an overcast day but not too chilly (Jan 3) slowly wandered around on top of the cliffs then started the trail down below and around to the arch. The return side back to the parking lot was dope, wandering around valley. I bet it’s beautiful I’m the fall!

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Christopher Davis
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Jan 18th 21 Overcast weather but great hike; very muddy. Good hiking boots are a must, id recommend a headlamp if you're starting late & be mindful of Sunset. Courthouse & Double Arches took me 2+ hours hoofin. Enjoy its fun out there!

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Erin H
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Great

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Katie Lakstins
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful hike! Very nice views on Auxier Ridge. Definitely recommend the little jaunt to double arch. Muddy, as expected this time of year, so wear appropriate shoes!

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Andy Huggins
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One of the best

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Kyle Banks
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beautiful trail.

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James Trombley
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Matthew Winslow
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Great hike, improved by getting there early enough (8:30am) so that mud was frozen and few people on this very popular route.

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Kristen Wood
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Austin Hartung
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