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Bald Rock Loop

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

4.5 mile 7.3 kilometer loop
91% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 624' 190 m
Descent: -625' -190 m
High: 1,054' 321 m
Low: 849' 259 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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Trail shared by Chris Chaney

A combination of singletrack and doubletrack with a lot of climbing.

Chris Chaney

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This iteration of the Bald Rock Loop includes all of the existing singletrack in the area and doubletrack that parallels future additions to the singletrack system. Eventually this loop will be nearly 100% singletrack and expanded in mileage.

Please visit rrgcc.org/rrg-info/pmrp/ prior to your visit and sign a waiver.

Need to Know

This route is unmarked. There are numerous creek crossings and side roads which can confuse the unfamiliar.

Description

Begin at the Flat Hollow Trailhead. Take the Hillbilly Hayduke Trail to its upper terminus and then continue on Spring Hollow Road. Descend Spring Hollow Road and turn right (east) on Bald Rock Fork Road. Just after the Drive-By/Bob Marley Parking area look for an angling road on the left with a sign to "Chica Bonita." This is the Crags Loop Road. Take it all the way to the Sore Heel Trailhead and continue through to the right and pick up the lower end of the Sore Heel Trail and continue on it back out to Bald Rock Fork Road. Cross Bald Rock and take Pumpjack to Flat Hollow Arch Trail and take this trail to its intersection with Fire on the Mountain.

At this point, you can make the short side trip on Flat Hollow Arch Trail to see the arch, and then backtrack to Fire on the Mountain. Take this trail to Hillbilly Hayduke Trail, turn right and return to the Flat Hollow Trailhead.

There are numerous variations possible in the area. The clockwise direction seems to provide the best climbing to descending ratio and also makes navigation easier.

History & Background

The entire area is within an active oil field. Please avoid oil equipment and abide by all signage.

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Elevated wooden tread along the Sore Heel Trail
Jul 6, 2015 near Beattyv…, KY
Rock armoring along the Sore Heel Trail
Jul 6, 2015 near Beattyv…, KY
Intersection of Sore Heel Trail with Bald Rock Fork Rd.
Jul 6, 2015 near Beattyv…, KY
Newly cut Flat Hollow Arch Trail.
May 12, 2016 near Beattyv…, KY
The Flat Holler Trail begins on the left just past the tank, or continue up the hill to the upper end of the trail for a loop run.
Jul 6, 2015 near Beattyv…, KY
Flat Holler Trail
Jul 6, 2015 near Beattyv…, KY

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