Hatton Ridge Road
ElevationAscent: 303' 92 m
Descent: -344' -105 m
High: 1,367' 417 m
Low: 1,232' 375 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“Hatton Ridge Road is an incredible and obscure ridge run.”— Chris Chaney
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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