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Hanson's Point Spur

Intermediate
 4.7 (12)

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


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Map Key

0.8

Miles

1.4

KM

96%

Runnable

1,195' 364 m

High

1,083' 330 m

Low

46' 14 m

Up

115' 35 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

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.

Flora & Fauna

Pileated Woodpeckers observed in the forest below and to the north and east primarily.

Contacts

Shared By:

Chris Chaney with improvements by Carl B

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  4.7 from 12 votes

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Photos

Running back from Hanson's Point
Jul 14, 2015 near Frenchburg, KY
Pinch 'Em Tight Gap can be seen off in the distance from Hanson's Point.
Mar 27, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
Sunrise 11/29/2019
Nov 30, 2019 near Frenchburg, KY
The trail ends at phenomenal views from Hanson's Point.
Mar 27, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY

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