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Hatton Ridge Road

Easy/Intermediate

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6.4 mile 10.3 kilometer point to point
99% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 303' 92 m
Descent: -344' -105 m
High: 1,367' 417 m
Low: 1,232' 375 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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Trail shared by Chris Chaney

Hatton Ridge Road is an incredible and obscure ridge run.

Chris Chaney

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Runner Notes

The first 2.5 miles are a gravel county road with one structure located along it. The remainder of the road is a Forest Road with gate controlled access and no development.

Description

From its northern terminus off of County Road 1206, Hatton Ridge Road traverses a long unbroken ridge for almost its entire length at 6.4 miles. The road rolls with the ridge and there are few hills of consequence. This is a great year round run, but be aware that there is heavy traffic during hunting season in this area.

The upper end of Powdermill Branch Trail tees into Hatton Ridge Road beyond the USFS gate and can be combined with the ridge road for longer outings. You can also access Hatton Ridge Road by taking the Powdermill Branch Trail first. Along the way there is a lot of National Forest land, but past the USFS gate, the road changes from a county road to FR 165 and becomes truly lonely and spectacular. In the winter, you can catch glimpses of huge cliff lines in the distance. In summer, the road follows a dark and dappled tunnel through overhanging hardwoods and evergreens.

You can access the upper terminus of the Powder Mill Branch Trail, and combined with that and the Short Creek Rim Trail, there are possibilities for riding for most of a day or for a short backpacking adventure.

Be warned, the end of this trail peters out before a fairly large cliff band. While you're exploring the area, just use caution near the edges!

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Spaas Creek Overlook off Hatton Ridge
Nov 6, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY
Hatton Ridge Road heads toward the cemetery.
Feb 27, 2017 near Frenchburg, KY

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