Hanson's Point Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,782' 543 m
Descent: -1,782' -543 m
High: 1,343' 409 m
Low: 796' 242 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“A nine-mile loop that climbs from stream to ridge-top and back several times.”— Chris Davis
When you come out at the Gray's Arch parking area, follow the path towards your left to Gray's Arch Trail #205. Take this for about a 0.25 miles, and make a right at the intersection of Rough Trail #221. Stay on Rough Trail, making sure to take the spur about a mile in for the awesome view of Gray's Arch. Continue down the hill to King Branch. Now it's time to climb again! The next 0.75 miles is uphill, but you are rewarded at the top by one of the first vistas to be had on this trail.
After the next descent and ascent back out of the branch, you'll hit a couple of switchbacks. Look for the spur to Hanson's point off to your left just at the top of these. If you are not feeling the extra couple of miles, continue on toward your right and follow Pinch-em Tight Trail #223. This is your rest section, for the next couple of miles. You'll be hugging the ridge and won't see much elevation change. Plus the views are fantastic.
At Tunnel Ridge Road, make a right to continue back to Gray's Arch Parking, continue back on Gray's Arch Trail #205 but instead of making a right, this time go left, which will put you back on the Rough Trail #221. Pay attention to the ridgeline to your left, as this area of the trail has one of the best vistas in the area and is a nice end to the trail. Continue on Rough Trail #221 to the parking lot.
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Land Manager: USFS - Daniel Boone National Forest Office