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Sheltowee Trace - Red River Bridge to Corner Ridge Road

Intermediate/Difficult

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9.0 mile 14.4 kilometer point to point
91% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,415' 431 m
Descent: -953' -290 m
High: 1,239' 378 m
Low: 760' 232 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)

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Trail shared by Mike Embry

Shelltowee Trace section through the Clifty Wilderness.

Mike Embry

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Wilderness Area, no power vehicles or equipment allowed.

Description

This is a section of the 300-mile Sheltowee Trace Trail through the Clifty Wilderness Area. This 12,646-acre area has more than 20 miles of trail that take runners through stream valleys with dense hemlock forest and across ridges with spectacular landscape views. The terrain is rugged and steep, offering plenty of physical challenges and adventures.

This is a rugged section along sandstone cliffs, but it offers views of a large number of rock formations, including the Indian Staircase. Before heading out, understand that this is a Federally Designated Wilderness Area which means that there are no facilities or roads and cell service may be non-existent. If you get in trouble, you may be on your own. The reward, however, is a remote and less populated area to explore.

For more information visit the Forest Service website or the Sheltowee Trace Trail website.

Flora & Fauna

Clifty Wilderness supports an unusual array of flora with 750 flowering plants and 170 species of moss that thrive in the area. This diversity is attributed to geographic location, topography and glacial history. Some plant and animal species in this area are listed as endangered, threatened, sensitive or rare.

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Photos

Indian Arch poses for a dramatic photo along the Sheltowee Trace.
Jan 18, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
Suspension bridge over the Red River.
Jan 18, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
Indian Staircase is one of many beautiful features along the Sheltowee Trace.
Jan 18, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
Sheltowee Trace crosses Salt Fork Creek. Watch your step.
Jan 18, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
Wolf tracks dot the snow on the Sheltowee Trace Trail.
Jan 18, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
Frog's Head towers in height from the trail below.
Jan 18, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY

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