Pinch-Em Tight Ridge Loop
ElevationAscent: 607' 185 m
Descent: -608' -185 m
High: 1,313' 400 m
Low: 847' 258 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 34% (19°)
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“A loop incorporating the Sheltowee Trace, the Rough Trail #221 and the Rush Ridge Trail #227”— April French
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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Land Manager: USFS - Daniel Boone National Forest Office