Auxier Ridge Trail

 A gorgeous panoramic view on Auxier Ridge Trail

A gorgeous panoramic view on Auxier Ridge Trail

Overview. This is one of the most popular hikes in Red River Gorge thanks to its views and accessibility. When I'm asked for a hike with views of the gorge, this is the first one I recommend.

Route Type:  Out and Back
Total Distance:  4.2 miles
Overall Difficulty:  Easy to Moderate
USDA Forest Service Trail Map
USDA Forest Service Map of Red River Gorge Area

Trailhead. From KY-15, turn onto Tunnel Ridge Road and follow it to its end. [map]

Trail navigation. This is an easy out and back, as you'll stay on the ridgeline throughout the hike and few side trails exist. Follow the trail out to its end at mile 2.1 and retrace your steps.

CAUTION - CLIFFS. Many hikers have died or been seriously injured falling from cliffs in Red River Gorge. Stay back.

 The wife and my boys on Auxier Ridge Trail

The wife and my boys on Auxier Ridge Trail

 Sitting a spell atop Auxier Ridge

Sitting a spell atop Auxier Ridge

 A view of Courthouse Rock from Auxier Ridge Trail

A view of Courthouse Rock from Auxier Ridge Trail