Auxier Ridge Trail #204
ElevationAscent: 200' 61 m
Descent: -352' -107 m
High: 1,296' 395 m
Low: 1,144' 349 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“Auxier Ridge is a popular trail run in the RRG for its amazing views and rock formations.”— Chris Chaney
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
At the end of the ridge, there are two sets of stairs to get you down to the saddle between the main ridge and Courthouse Rock. This is where the Courthouse Rock Trail begins.
After the initial rooty section, the trail mellows and you get a nice reprieve before tackling a knob-like hill which has some technical sections. After crossing a shallow saddle, there is another rock ledge to negotiate, and then you can settle into...nope, nevermind, just keep churning up and down the rollers as the ridge goes on and on.
Two-thirds of the way out you'll come across an open area on the left. It's worth the quick detour to check out the incredible views of Haystack Rock (well left) the mouth of Indian Creek below, and Courthouse Rock to the right at the end of the ridge.
Once back on the trail you'll cross a narrow bare sandstone area before climbing another broad knob and finally hitting the narrowing end of the ridge before the steep stair descent to the gap.
This trail is worth the trip!
Out-and-back is nice or you can combine this with the Courthouse Rock Trail #202 or the Auxier Branch Trail and Tunnel Ridge Road for two different loop options of similar distance.