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Double Arch Trail #201

Intermediate
 4.6 (20)

A popular out-and-back when doing Auxier Ridge Trail #204 to Tunnel Ridge Road.


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.4

KM

76%

Runnable

1,261' 384 m

High

1,051' 320 m

Low

170' 52 m

Up

288' 88 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

The descent from Tunnel Ridge Road involves a series of stairs. There are high cliffs at the end of the trail.

Description

Double Arch Trail is a dead end, but despite that many people do the out-and-back run to the beautiful arch in combination with an Auxier Ridge Trail #204 to Tunnel Ridge Road run.

You drop fast to the base of the massive cliff line and then run along beneath tower sandstone walls for most of the trail, passing under Double Arch before circling around the north end of the ridge and climbing up to come out right at the unique rock formation that this trail is named for.

The views of Auxier Ridge from the arch are amazing, and worth the trip out to Double Arch. Just make sure you save something for the climb out. Climbing up the stairs at the beginning is very difficult if you are tired or out of shape.

Contacts

Shared By:

Chris Chaney with improvements by Michael Kontos

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  4.6 from 20 votes

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Photos

Double Arch looms overhead when seen from the trail below.
Dec 31, 2016 near Stanton, KY
The end of Tunnel Ridge Road offers a scenic wintertime view of Courthouse Rock and the Auxier Ridge.
Dec 31, 2016 near Stanton, KY
A carved-rock staircase leads to the top of Double Arch.
Dec 31, 2016 near Stanton, KY
The trail below can be seen from inside the Double Arch.
Dec 31, 2016 near Stanton, KY
Double Arch is quite the sight.
Dec 31, 2016 near Stanton, KY
Double Arch from the trail below
Jul 14, 2015 near Stanton, KY

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