Red River Gorge Backpacking Trip, Kentucky
September 14-16, 2018
Trip Leaders: Sharon Williams and Jill Whelan
Type of Trip: Backpacking
Cancellation Date and full payment: August 10, 2018
Maximum number: 8
Minimum number: 7
Wilderness Level: 4
Difficulty: Intermediate - elevation changes nd distances
This 3 day trip to Red River Gorge is an intermediate backpacking trip. Campsites are first come first serve so we will plan to leave Indianapolis about 9am on Friday, September 14, from a carpool location TBD based upon participants who sign up.
The plan is to hike the Hidden Arches and Koomer Ridge trails to a back country primitive camp site (approx. 4-5 miles) located on the Rough Trail near Chimney Top Road. This will be on Friday once we arrive at the park. If time allows after setting up our camp, we can hike to Angel Windows to check out the view (approximately 4 miles or less round trip) before dinner. The level of difficulty is a 5 out 5 but the scenery is also a 5 out of 5. The highest elevation is at 1275 ft while the lowest elevation will be about 736 ft.
Saturday morning, we will pack up early and be out of the campsite by 10am and hike back to the van to then head to the parking area to hike the Auxier Ridge trail and setup camp for Saturday night. We will then backpack to the campsites on the ridge to set up camp (approximately 3 miles one way). Once we have setup camp, we can hike along the ridge to Courthouse Rock and back to prepare dinner and relax for the evening. We will backpack to a campsite on fairly level ground but once we set up camp, we can hike to Courthouse Rock also on fairly level ground by staying on the ridge or we can hike the loop with elevation changes of approximately 1,000 ft.
Sunday morning we will pack up and hike back to the van (again, this is pretty level) and head to Miguel’s for pizza before heading home. We should be able to arrive back in Indy by 7pm. Sooner depending upon when we pack up and head back to the van Sunday morning and after lunch.
The trip fee includes transportation in the club van, 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners on the trail and other fees. Meals in route and post hike at Miquel’s are at participant’s expense.