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Pinch-em Tight to Hanson's Point is a 5.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Slade, Kentucky that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.1 mi Elevation gain 692 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

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Forest

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Reviews (254)
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H R.
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HikingBugsOver grown

Great trail and well worth the view at the end! The second half of the trail isn’t marked well, can be sort of confusing, as many people mentioned it’s best to have a trail map app to navigate. The last half of the trail gets really tight, the path is narrow but the tree markers are very useful. Weren’t may people hiking this trail so I was able to sit alone and rest with a spectacular view for quite some time. Probably the only spot I’ve hiked to at the Gorge that offers a a 360 view.

Kaitlynn Morgan
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HikingOver grown

Like everyone else has said, the second half of this trail isn’t marked so downloading the map and following along with a recording will be extremely helpful. I missed my turn but thanks to my map realized almost immediately and got back on track. The trail itself was pretty average and not particularly pretty or anything, but the end is absolutely breathtaking. It’s essentially a big cliff with nearly a 360 view of the gorge. I had the whole space to myself for the hour I sat there and it was really peaceful. This is definitely one of the best, if not *the* best view in the gorge. Compared to the high-reward, spectacular view at the end, the trail was relatively easy with moderate and short interspersed inclines/declines. It was only slightly longer than listed here, coming in at ~5.8 miles out-and-back.

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Meg Shoemaker
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HikingBugsOver grown

As many reviewers note, the view at the end point is just stunning. I used this trip as a chance to scout out some campsites for future trips, I was not disappointed. My partner and I made quick work of the hike in. Plenty of bugs and critters out this time of year, one particular horse fly got the better of me. I lost some dignity flailing around trying to defeat the monster. Be aware of your steps, we saw a nice sized Timber Rattler going across the trail in front of us. When you head off the marked trail to get to the point, it get's tight and a bit claustrophobic - watch out for eye level limbs. There are some short, not too difficult, climbs and ascents - plenty of recovery spots to sit and sip water. Be mindful of your steps out on the point. The entire hike, we only saw one other human. Be safe and have fun!

Lauren Duflo
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Hiking

This trail is a very worthwhile hike! The views at the end are amazing and there are so good places to camp if you are interested in that

Riley Griffin
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Hiking

Easy trail! Not many views on the trail itself, but the ending is BEAUTIFUL! Well worth it. Not many people on the trail itself so feels secluded too

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Kat Joyner
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Hiking

The trail to Hanson’s point is a nice walk through the woods but nothing special. But Hanson’s point is gorgeous!!! Totally worth the hike. It’s best to download the map though. The trail isn’t well marked in some places and there are several junctions points for other trails. We did a whole extra mile straight down and back up totally off the trail! Lol. It was all worth it though. Nice hike.

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Dustin Schaffer
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Hiking

Great view. Tight baby pine forest in spots.

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Letty Schamp
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Hiking

Nice trail. Mostly shaded. Well maintained. First half of this hike was well-marked. The second half up to the view - not so much. We got lost twice, which made our 5-mile hike a 9 mile hike. Oh well - luckily we started early & had plenty of water.

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misti drope
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Hiking

We added Hanson’s Point (extra 2 miles) but absolutely amazing view and totally worth it (maybe the best view at RRG we have found)! Otherwise trail was challenging in spots, but overall a true “moderate” trail. Lots of beautiful cliffs/overhangs/creeks, basically everything you want from RRG in one trail!

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Jeff Wilson
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Hiking

Beautiful overlook at Hanson's point.

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Rick Volkman
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Beautiful views but way too many people to enjoy. Overcrowded

James White
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HikingMuddy

Nice forest hike to a breathtaking view. Pinch em tight is pretty muddy up to Buck, beyond that not to bad. Parking is horrible. The road is closed just beyond Grey’s trailhead. So anyone planning on going to Auxiliary Ridge, Double Arch, etc had to change plans and find a new trail. Rangers were ticketing cars parked along the road.

Charity Baker
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HikingMuddy

Slightly longer than listed. But a great hike. There were people hanging out on Hanson’s rock so we didn’t get to go to the furthest rock. We did stop a couple times for the dogs to drink and such.

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Bethany Yonts
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Hiking

I almost want to say this has been my favorite hike in the Gorge. Hanson's Point is incredible, and one of the best views I've had in the Gorge. It's a beautiful trail, albeit a bit mild and flat at times. Great for dogs, and many spots for camping/hammocking

Mickey Osthimer
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HikingMuddy

pretty easy-going, relatively easy to navigate, rewarding views as well! some mud early on but cleared up after about a half mile and was real smooth then on out.

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J. Conaire Smith
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Hiking

Ledford Arches connector as well. There are several ways to get down to Ledford Arches, minimal scrambling is needed in one spot, nothing serious. The arches are about 50ft apart from each other but are drastically different in size. Great option after hanging out at Hansons Point.

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Kinnedy White
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HikingMuddy
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Kourtney Determan
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Hiking

Beautiful trail with an amazing view! My pup and I both loved it.

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Jozie Zeller
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Hiking

Great hike! Saw many dogs! Finally wore my husky out after 4 miles!! GREAT views!

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jenny chambers
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Hiking

This was a great hike. An easy hike and scenic. The views at the end were splendid.

Emory Jones
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Hiking

This was our route to Hanson’s Point

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Matt Hill
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Hiking

Hansen’s Point is the best view in RRG. The trail that takes you out to Hansen’s Point is fun. I’m not talking Pinch-Em Tight or Rough Trail. I’m talking about the unofficial trail off of the Rough Trail. The majority of it is a narrow winding passage through a forest of small cedars. Along the way there are several large cleared out areas under the tree canopy that are good for camping. At the very end it becomes a finger like outcropping of sandstone. From the point you can see Chimney Top and Half Moon across the way and a lot of the valley in the gorge. You can go the exact same route you came but I always prefer not backtracking if I can help it. I took the Rough Trail to the Rush Ridge Trail to get back to my truck. It adds more mileage but it also adds more to see. You will get more of a work out taking the Rough Trail. It descends down into the valley before going back up. You are losing and gaining about 1000 feet of elevation. If you need water there is a spring at the bottom of the Rough Trail.

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Troy Daugherty
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Brent White
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Hiking

If you are looking for longer hikes, Auxier ridge/double arch and Indian Staircase are the best views in the gorge, Hanson’s point is a third if you want a decent distance hike. Very nice. I added on Gray’s Arch on the way back.

Jessie Jimenez
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Hiking

This trail was really awesome! Followed the map and it led to the sweetest view. We did go left at one point which led us the wrong direction downhill, just be aware of that! If I would have pulled out the map we wouldn’t have made that mistake. Great trail with shade and areas for trail camping!! Would love to do it again for the sunrise

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Josh Roberts
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Hiking

This is a very enjoyable trail. It definitely fits the bill as moderate and there are several other trails to add on to this one to make it as diverse as you want. There are certainly a lot of tree roots on Pinch'em tight, as others have mentioned. I found the trail to Hanson's Point to be the most enjoyable. It is a tight, narrow trail meandering through the trees. The view from the point is worth all the meandering.

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