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Pinch-Em Tight Ridge Loop

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Length

4.0 Miles 6.5 Kilometers

91%

Runnable

Elevation

607' 185 m

Ascent

-608' -185 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

1,313' 400 m

High

847' 258 m

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A loop incorporating the Sheltowee Trace, the Rough Trail #221 and the Rush Ridge Trail #227

April French

Overview

This loop offers beautiful views of what is locally known as the "Pinch-Em-Tight Ridge". Visitors will get a brief taste of the Pinch-em Tight Trail #223, the Rough Trail #221, a portion of the Sheltowee Trace Trail, and will finish back on the Rush Ridge Trail #227. The loop features one tough climb on the Rough Trail #221 to get back on the ridge, but aside from that, it's generally smooth ascents and descents in the forest.
Features: Fall Colors — River/Creek — Wildflowers
Dogs: Leashed

Description

From Tunnel Ridge Road, watch for the trailhead sign and the white turtle blazes of the Sheltowee Trace, which overlaps with the Pinch-em Tight Trail #223. From the portion of the Sheltowee Trace NRT, you'll eventually come to an intersection. Stay to the right, and you'll make your way onto the Rush Ridge Trail #227.

You'll follow along the ridge, enjoying the regrowth of the tree canopy and some views of the Red River Gorge. The Buck Trail #226 will intersect with the Pinch-em Tight Trail #223 around 1.3 miles, so stay to the left, following the signs to the aptly named Rough Trail #221. The Pinch-em Tight Trail #223 will then descend to the Rough Trail #221, and you'll turn left onto the Rough Trail #221.

From there, you'll cross the Rush Branch creek a couple of times before climbing up to meet the Rush Ridge Trail #227. Do not underestimate this climb, it's pretty serious and reminds you of how the Rough Trail #221 got its name.

Catch your breath, then transverse the ridge on Rush Ridge Trail #227 until it connects back with Pinch-em Tight Trail #223 and the return to Tunnel Ridge Road.

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Feb 11, 2017
Barbara Conlee
Made a wrong turn and took a short detour. 4.5mi
Feb 11, 2017
Zack Conlee
4mi
Mar 11, 2016
Chris Toole
wonderful hike had lunch by the creek at the bottom in a hammock

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