Lexington: Auxier Ridge Trail

This 3.6-mile out-and-back follows a stunning, sinewy ridge to campsites with clifftop views of the Red River Gorge- a local favorite for backcountry camping.
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This 3.6-mile out-and-back follows a stunning, sinewy ridge to campsites with clifftop views of the Red River Gorge- a local favorite for backcountry camping.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 3.0

Waypoints

RRG006

Location: 37.8293304443359, -83.6783676147461

Bear R @ unmarked 3-way; views switch to W-side

RRG008

Location: 37.8366203308106, -83.6772994995117

Possible campsite; trail appears to dead-end, but keep hiking for an unbeatable payoff

RRG009

Location: 37.837459564209, -83.677001953125

Caution: Path crosses a 10-foot rock bridge with vertical drops on each side. Photo op: Come back here to watch the sunrise burn off the morning fog

RRG010

Location: 37.8383407592773, -83.6772079467774

Locals rate this one of the best primitive camps in KY. It has room for three tents and offers treeless views to huge rock arches (Double Arch and Star Gap Arch). Note: It's a dry camp, so bring extra water

RRG004

Location: 37.8266296386719, -83.6782684326172

Keep straight @ 3-way with Courthouse Trail

RRG001

Location: 37.8199996948242, -83.6809005737305

Start on the Auxier Ridge Trail (#204) in mature deciduous forest

RRG002

Location: 37.8217353820801, -83.6822814941406

Trail climbs up Auxier Ridge; once on top follow ridge

RRG005

Location: 37.8281135559082, -83.6775588989258

Dramatic lookout to a broad valley of wilder-
ness with countless green treetops and bulging cliff faces

RRG007

Location: 37.8328018188477, -83.6758193969726

Stay on obvious ridgeline, bearing N

RRG003

Location: 37.8252182006836, -83.6812286376953

Watch for signs of an old forest fire while hiking through waist-high rhododendron and other undergrowth