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A must if you are hiking the Red River Gorge for the first time. Unbelievable views and good distance if you do the loop.

Three of us hiked in on the Double arch side, descended to the creek between Double arch and Courthouse rock. We found a campsite well off of the trail and stayed 2 nights, making short day hikes as we wanted - In June 2017 (=hot weather) But the creekside campsite was cool enough and the bugs were not bad.....worth it!

Gorgeous hike will plenty of ridge views and river crossings. It’s a challenging one though. Quite a few climbs and descents. It’s easy to lose the trail in a few areas. I hope to do it again when I’m in better shape. :)

Really perfect hike — we did it backwards, starting towards double arch, and it couldn’t have been better.

My friend Justin and I just completed this trek yesterday. A backcountry combination of several pieces of trails through the serene and beautiful deep Red River Gorge. We parked a car at the Sheltowee Suspension Bridge parking area, then drove another to the Martin's Fork trailhead and hiked back to the first car. It took us just over 4 hours to complete the 8 mile excursion. The start of the hike up Martin's Fork is one the nicest places in the Gorge and a pleasant hike. Then you'll quickly ascend to the top of Tunnel Ridge, which will definitely get you warmed up for the rest of the hike! After this you'll descend to a low saddle between Tunnel Ridge and Koomer Ridge before ascending the latter. From there you'll descend the remainder of the hike and follow Chimney Top Creek all the way down to the Red River. Most of the trail sections selected for this hike are very lightly trafficked and the sense of space and seclusion out in the middle of this section of the Gorge is superb. Great day hike. Bring lots of water, some good snacks and chocolate, and give yourself plenty of time!

4 months ago

Very scenic. Lots to see if you really look. The low grounds in the summer are nice. The views from the cliffs are beautiful. Not too difficult at all. Trail not marked too well for the walk back from Courthouse Rock.

Took Auxier Ridge to Auxier Branch to Double Arch back to trailhead. Very nice with some good little side spurs. Just be careful on the spurs, especially with children. Most of them are cliffs that you better watch what you're doing.

Great trail with lots of fantastic views and varied terrain. Starts along the auxier ridge, goes to courthouse rock (climb up the thru the crack onto the top of the formation if you're daring enough!), descends along Auxier Branch trail following a beautiful stream, climbs back up to Double Arch (one of the best views in the entire gorge), then goes back to the parking lot along the ridge line road (closed to vehicles). ~8 miles, a bit strenuous, but well worth the effort!

Loved this hike. It is one of my favorites in RRG. Highly recommend. There are great views.

7 months ago

Great views, the top look out was a little crowed but bad. Looks like a good place to camp over night, could tell a few people had.

Stop by and climb Courthouse Rock as well and it's a perfect hike. Little bit of everything. Only complaint is it's a popular trail

Awesome hike. Lots of cliff side views. Slightly rugged. Amazing views. Good distance for a longer hike but not take all day. Lots of sights along the way!

11 months ago

Awesome views. I climbed to the top of Courthouse Rock and I'm not sure if I would do it again. You definitely have to trust your coordination to do this climb without rope and harness. The trail is awesome though.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Fantastic trail. Moderate difficulty. Love the wilderness and pine trails. Trail was well marked but we still got a little lost near the stairs by courthouse rock where auxier trail branches off.

Had a great time despite how my legs feel!

Friday, May 05, 2017

One of my favorite marked trails in The Gorge!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Park at courthouse rock then hike to double arch and take road/path back to car nice hike.

Nice trail can be combined with anxiety ridge to make a super nice 8 miler

Monday, January 02, 2017

Very fun trail

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Good trail well worth the price of admission

Saturday, November 19, 2016

I bouldered to the top of Courthouse Rock and the view is amazing!! The climb looks scary looking at it from the ground but it is so worth it once you make it to the top! An advanced climb up on top of the rock but the trail to it is fairly easy.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

great views

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Heavy damage with trees down caused some grief. Significant uphill on the return trip. Worked hard to avoid poison ivy next to the trail most of the way. Lots of spider webs from low traffic. Until this trail is cleaned up and more heavily traveled, I do not recommend. If you are so inclined, take this trail out to Courthouse rock, and take Auxier Ridge trail back to avoid the uphill return. Auxier is dynamite, by the way, and my recommendation to see Courthouse Rock.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Very enjoyable hike with great views. The last part about 10 yards wide with drops on either side. We jokingly called it Angels Landing East.

We use this trail mainly as a way to connect Courthouse Rock and Double Arch Trails. Combining the two makes for a nice 8 miler. Love the Auxier area.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Did the courthouse rock trail back, the leaf litter made some of the inclines a little slick- but overall great hike!

Monday, July 06, 2015

Great Trail spent the night on Auxier Ridge.The past fire made for some interesting views.Love The RRG!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Was a great trail. Not too hard and scenery was great. Stopped and had lunch on Auxier Ridge with a view of courthouse rock and double arch. Saw plenty of people on the trail and many dogs enjoying the sights as well,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This was one of the very first hikes I'd ever done. Frankly it's what got me into hiking in the first place. While we didn't actually follow this trail, our destination was Courthouse Rock. We actually just parked our car along the access road, got our bearing and walked into the woods with a general direction of where we were headed. The views from the top of the rock were breathtaking. Bring a camera! There is a bit of rock climbing involved to get to the top, but nothing technical. I made with absolutely no experience at all, but of course I was in my twenties back then (early to mid Nineties). While there we met several other groups of great people all willing to trade / share food, drink and advanced rock climbing gear, for descending the face of Court House. When the sun went down, it turned into a party at the camp site at the base of Court House. All in all this was the best Hiking / camping experience of my life.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

We did the Double Arch Trail and then took the Auxier Bridge Trail to Courthouse Rock. From there we returned on the Courthouse Rock Trail. Courthouse Rock was wonderful. My profile pic is taken at one of the viewing points. The views or the Gorge were spectacular that day with the mist rising after the rains we had had earlier. Courthouse Rock Trail on the other hand was a somewhat difficult trail. There were sections with fallen trees and areas where the trail was hard to find. There were several times when one of us would make the climb to look for the trail before the other would follow. It seemed as though we were the first to take this route in a while. If I make the trip again I will opt for the Auxier Ridge Trail.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Combined this with Double Arch, it was awesome, so much beauty, love Red River Gorge, it is a great hike, little over 8 miles.

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