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Kelly's Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

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1.6 mile 2.5 kilometer point to point
80% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 334' 102 m
Descent: -465' -142 m
High: 1,564' 477 m
Low: 1,373' 419 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 49% (26°)

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Trail shared by Stephen Hornbeck

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This trail leaves the path to Buzzards Roost and follows the northern ridges to both Robe and Basin Mountain.

Stephen Hornbeck

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers

Park closes at sunset.

Runner Notes

This trail has some significant, loose slopes as well as some downed trees. It might be difficult going at a jog.

Description

The trail is clearly marked by yellow diamond blazes. It begins on level ridgetops but dips into two major saddles. There is a significant grade in two portions (roughly 15-20%) and one major rock scramble up a crevice that is 1.5 to 2 feet wide. The final uphill grade contains several beautiful rock features made of both limestone and sandstone.

The trail terminates on a lovely sheer face overlooking the valley. By my observation, it seems this trail is only very lightly trafficked, as it is a newer addition to the trails at Indian Fort.

Flora & Fauna

Old walnut and gnarly oak trees tower on the ridges, where many young poplars are trying to get a foothold. There are several fern beds and wildflower patches along the trail as well.

I saw signs of deer and coyote, but I only got eyes on buzzards and red-tailed hawks.

I heard a few mountain bluebirds, which is always a pleasant surprise.

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Photos

Terminus of Kelly's Trail. Overlook view.
Sep 12, 2017 near Berea, KY
Starved Bear Staircase rising from the forest floor
Sep 12, 2017 near Berea, KY

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