This will be an easy trip for newbies and experienced backpackers. This trip is not limited to beginners. Experienced backpackers are welcome.
Upon arrival we will hike into 3 miles into Hansen Point and set up camp. After camp setup and lunch we will hike to Greys Arch and visit other trails in the area before returning to camp for dinner. We will hike Sunday morning after breaking camp. There is no water at this campsite. Bring what you need.
This will be a moderate paced adventure. Bring your camera!
The backpacking potion is moderate as the trail to Hansen's Point is relatively flat with very few hills to climb. HOWEVER, The side hikes will be moderate/strenuous as there will be some creek to cross and hills to climb.
Details will follow as we get closer and know how many are going.
Please leave your pets home on this outing due to nature of this adventure..
After Hike Grub
We will gather for our traditional visit to Miguel's Pizza & Rock Climbing Shop following the hike on Sunday.
Check out the photos from DH 2010 trip
Check out the photos from DH 2011 trip
Check out the photos from DH 2012 trip
Check out the photos from DH 2013 trip
NOAA - National Weather Service Forecast Office - Jackson, Kentucky
Accuweather (includes historical averages)
Outragegis Red River Gorge 3D map PDF
Printable Maps from redrivergorge.com
All vehicles ON KY 15 or IN the Red River Gorge and Indian Creek area north of KY 15 must display a recreation permit for backcountry camping between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. 1 day for $3; 3 day for $5; Annual for $30. Permits can be puchased at many area stores. Annual permits expire on Dec. 31 of the year purchased. One and three day passes expire at noon on the day after the last day of the pass.
The permit is to be displayed through the windshield of a parked vehicle. You only need one permit per car, not per camper. Motorcycles are exempt for the obvious reason.
These permits can be obtained at the Shell gas station when you get off of the highway at Slade, KY.
- Daniel Boone National Forest Web Site
- Hike Participant and Hike Leader Guidelines
Sunrise: 6:36am | Sunset: 8:27pm
Directions to Trailhead
- Take I-75 S toward Cincinnati
- Slight left at I-64 E (signs for Winchester/Ashland)
- Take exit 98 toward Mountain Pkwy/Campton/Prestonsburg
- Merge onto Bert T Combs Mountain Pkwy E
- Take the KY-11 ramp to Slade/Beattyville
- Turn left at KY-11 N/Natural Bridge Rd
- Turn right at KY-15 S/Campton Rd
**STOP AT SHELL AND PURCHASE PERMIT**
- Turn left at Tunnel Ridge Rd
- Slight right at Fd-1103/Greys Arch Lot Rd
Only The Lightest: 201 Ultralight Backpacking Tips, Part 1 (1 to 100)
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More About the Red River Gorge Geological Area
The Red River Gorge is a unique, scenic natural area that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Spectacular rock features, including sandstone arches and towering cliffs, are just part of the attraction. Outdoor enthusiasts come to the gorge year-round to enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, wildlife viewing and other recreation opportunities. The Red River Gorge is designated a Geological Area, National Natural Landmark and National Archaeological District and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.A portion of the gorge is also designated as Clifty Wilderness, 12,646 acres of rugged forest landscape. Check out the Spring 2013 Red River Gorge Newsletter
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