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Courthouse Rock Trail #202

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Trail

2.0 mile 3.2 kilometer point to point
87% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 407' 124 m
Descent: -315' -96 m
High: 1,215' 370 m
Low: 895' 273 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 39% (21°)

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Trail shared by Chris Chaney

A mostly ignored gem in the Red River Gorge trail system.

Chris Chaney

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

This trail doesn't get a lot of traffic and is a great run.

From the Auxier Ridge Trail #204, Courthouse Rock Trail #202 drops steeply down some badly eroded sandstone and through deadfalls. A path has been worn through so it's passable but not runnable.

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From the Auxier Ridge Trail #204, Courthouse Rock Trail #202 drops steeply down some badly eroded sandstone and through deadfalls.

Once onto the relatively flat section of trail the real fun begins. Courthouse Rock parallels Auxier Ridge below the towering cliff line rolling and winding in and out of hollows under the dense tree canopy.

In the winter, you can see the cliffs much better and even get to take in the full view of Haystack Rock from below which most people never get to see.

At the north end, there is a short steep climb to gain the narrow ridge and intersect with the Auxier Ridge Trail #204 near Courthouse Rock proper.

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Courthouse Rock looms over the trail below.
Dec 31, 2016 near Stanton, KY
Looking down on the trail
Jul 9, 2015 near Stanton, KY
Courthouse Rock Trail
Jul 9, 2015 near Stanton, KY
Some sweet singletrack on the way up.
Jul 14, 2015 near Stanton, KY
During the winter, Double Arch can be seen through the trees on the Courthouse Rock Trail.
Dec 31, 2016 near Stanton, KY
Steep stairs
Jul 9, 2015 near Stanton, KY

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