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    Red River Gorge March 22-24

    Red River Gorge!

    Some of us are getting together for a weekend at the Red River Gorge in Kentucky March 22-24. The plan is to set up base camp on top of the Indian Stairway and do some day hiking from there. Nice campfires to relax by in the evening. High cliff lines and ridges, recessed caves, beautiful sunrises and sunsets make it a special place.

    Directions- You can get to the Gorge by taking the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway to exit 33 at Slade. (*BE SURE to stop at the Shell Station to pick up your weekend parking pass-just a few $, a trail map-free, and any last minute needs. See *below)

    Directions from the Shell Station:
    -Go west on Rt 15 for a couple miles.
    -Turn right on Rt 77 at Nada.
    -Go through Nada Tunnel (very cool!)
    -Turn right after crossing the Iron Bridge....still on 77 for a couple miles.
    -Turn slight right on Rt 715. Follow until you come to the Bison Way Trail Head. Parking for maybe 15 cars. If we need more, we'll work on it. Total time from Shell Station to trail head maybe 20 minutes.

    *Parking pass- Overnight parking at trail heads requires a pass (weekend for just a few bucks which you can buy at the Shell gas station in Slade. Just hang it on your rear view mirror. Get a trail map (free.) Detailed topo can be had there too....$ required.

    No water is available at base camp, so bring what you need for a weekend. It's only a couple miles from car to camp, so you can also keep some reserve water in the car.

    Day hikes- Lots to do in the area.
    -One of the largest recessed caves east of the Mississippi is just a short walk away.
    -The Indian Stairway is a fun challenge for those who enjoy heights.
    -A 4 mile out and back will get you a couple sandstone arches.
    -Rooster Point and the Stairway itself provide for some excellent vistas.
    -Large sandstone cliffs with drop-offs are everywhere.

    -Hanging spots. There are tons of options here, so no worries.

    The Gorge is a great place to visit, and for the most part you can't find anything else quite like it in the east. Bring your camera!

    Home Run

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    I LOOOOVE Red River Gorge. In fact, the picture in my avatar was taken there, at my favorite cliff spot!

    Anyone ever explore the caves down there?
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    Red River Gorge March 22-24

    I wish I were setup for chilly/cold WX, but I'm not yet Post some pics.

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    You're right, there's some great caving. I always liked the one at river level on the Douglas Trail. Last I heard though, the caves are off limits due to a bat disease called "white nosed syndrome."

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    Re: Red River Gorge March 22-24

    I go there every year for a good training hike for AT section afterwords. There is an unmarked trail there that is MUST SEE. Google search Hanson's Point RRG. It is the best view in the Gorge for sure. If you need map info PM me. Home Run, I can email you a nice map and info that you will never need to hike in water for weekend. Constant water source every couple miles and great places to hang. Just let me know.
    Last edited by *HangMan*; 02-27-2013 at 13:16.
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    I am checking dates and I hope to make it down, sounds like a great time. You plan to stay Friday and Saturday night?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountnman View Post
    I am checking dates and I hope to make it down, sounds like a great time. You plan to stay Friday and Saturday night?
    Hey Mountnman! Yes, I plan to be at there early Fri morning....about 8 or 9am and stay through the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OBOZ View Post
    I go there every year for a good training hike for AT section afterwords. There is an unmarked trail there that is MUST SEE. Google search Hanson's Point RRG. It is the best view in the Gorge for sure. If you need map info PM me. Home Run, I can email you a nice map and info that you will never need to hike in water for weekend. Constant water source every couple miles and great places to hang. Just let me know.
    Yep, Hanson's Point is a nice spot. Great views for sure. Very popular. Last time there we had a sunny day about 60 degrees...sitting out on the rocks, enjoying the view...hard to leave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Home Run View Post
    Yep, Hanson's Point is a nice spot. Great views for sure. Very popular. Last time there we had a sunny day about 60 degrees...sitting out on the rocks, enjoying the view...hard to leave.
    I've been going there since 2008 and I can never get that one spot closest to the point. Hopefully this year will be the year lol. Going there in April.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Home Run View Post
    Red River Gorge!

    -A 4 mile out and back will get you a couple sandstone arches.

    Home Run
    Would this be one of those sandstone arches you're speaking of? We climbed the Indian Staircase back in January. Can't remember if this was before or after the climb but it was really cool.

    SandstoneArch.jpg

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