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Hanson's Point Spur

 4.7 (9)

0.8 Miles 1.4 Kilometers


96%

Runnable

46' 14 m

Ascent

-115' -35 m

Descent

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

1,195' 364 m

High

1,083' 330 m

Low

Shared By Chris Chaney

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A ridgetop trail to an amazing overlook in the heart of the Red River Gorge.

Chris Chaney

Dogs Off-leash

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Due to forest fires and subsequent wind damage on this ridge, the trail is tight and there are a few small blowdowns that must be hurdled. There are high cliffs at the end of the ridge as well.

Description

This unofficial trail splits off of the Rush Branch section of Rough Trail near the western Rough Trail/Sheltowee Trace intersection. From the intersection head west on Rough Trail for a few dozen yards to a point just before the trail switches back and begins a steep descent. To the right another unmarked trail heads into a rough patch of woods. This is the spur trail.

Continue through an initial thicket of pine trees. The trail will open up shortly and run through open woods. After a moderate distance, it passes through another section of stunted pines and sporadic deadfall before exiting into open forest again. Bear right as you cross the knob and follow the narrowing ridge to an exposed and rocky point. This is Hanson's Point. Views of Chimney Top Rock and Chimney Top Creek below are incredible from this vantage point. This is also a popular backpacking destination.

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