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RRG Sampler to celebrate my birthday.

  • Chevron Gas Station / Park and Ride

    12056 Campton Rd, Slade, KY (map)

    37.798168 -83.703316

  • I will be standing outside of my car. Black nissan murano.
  • Hanson's Point in Winter


    This is an overnight backpacking trip with a day hike option. that will feature some of the best features of the Red River Gorge; including Indian Staircase, Indian Arch, Cloud Splitter, Hanson’s Point, and Gray’s Arch.  Those wanting to dayhike, and just see indian staircase, and cloud splitter, can park a  vehicle at the suspension bridge, and ride to the beginning of the trip depending on the number of people who come. The day hiking option can be figured out as the date approaches.

    Those who are backpacking may have to skip cloud splitter, depending on how we are doing on time.

    Total distance will be about 14 miles, 9 on Saturday and 5 on Sunday. 


    Start at Bison Way Trailhead & End at the Martin’s Fork Trailhead – This means we will need vehicles for shuttling people from the start to finish. 


    Indian Staircase and Cloudspitter both require some scrambles up rock faces but they can be by-passed on official trails if people don’t want to climb up them or if the rock faces are wet, or have ice on them.


    This picture is from across the valley looking at the Indian Staircase. Hikers are circled in orange for scale and the approximate route is marked in red dots. 




    Vehicles left at the trail-heads will need to display a $3 hangtag that can be purchased at the Marathon Gas Station. 


    If you haven’t contributed yet this year and would like to contribute $5 to help me cover the costs of meetup fees, I would appreciate it.


    Trip Map:


    I anticipate the normal RRG obstacles, creek crossings, rock scrambles, bushy sections of unofficial trails, and first come first serve campsites. There are one or two moderate sections to this trip, so please keep that in mind.also, those backpacking. Please bring along a light source, just in case we arrive to camp at sundown, or dark.

    Car pooling is encouraged, for those able to do so. I live right across the bridge in northern KY.

    What to Expect on a CKB Trip

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Basic Rules



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  • DianaHart

    Anyone want to carpool from Lexington? I am near the Fayette Mall.

    5 days ago

    • Tony C.

      I can meet at the Hamburg Wal-Mart if you want to car pool

      Yesterday

    • Erik S.

      I am confused Tony, if we are meeting at the park and ride at 8 and the group is hiking after that, why are you getting there so early then? Are you planning to do a bit of hiking beforehand? I am just trying to figure out a game plan for myself.

      4h ago

  • Russell

    I'm sorry, I'll have to bail too. Was really looking forward to it but starting to feel ill and don't want to chance it. Happy Birthday and Happy hiking!

    Yesterday

    • Myles

      Hope you get to feeling better, and thank you!

      1 · Yesterday

  • Tali

    I've had to un-RSVP. :( I was in a pretty bad car accident last week, and had some injuries. Fortunately, they were relatively minor, but I got in for physical therapy and she basically forbade me from hiking for a bit. I want to get better, so I'm going to play by her rules

    Yesterday

    • Myles

      Oh no, sorry to hear that. I agree, better safe than, sorry! I hope you get better soon.

      1 · Yesterday

  • Tony C.

    So once we are above Indian staircase I will be splitting off for a 1mile detour to fortress arch 6. Its a bushwack no trail exploratory arch chase. Will be able to catch the group around suspension bridge. Anyone who is wanting to go with me is more then welcome. But it will be a strenuous hike

    2 days ago

  • Tali

    Celebrating my birthday that weekend too! I'd love to join you

    1 · November 6

    • Myles

      Oh man, I have never had a home made one before. That must be delicious, as the ones from the store are pretty tasty to me.

      November 6

    • Erik S.

      Sweet, a Birthday double header!

      1 · 2 days ago

  • Larry F

    Was at the gorge Friday thru Sunday, still very very dry.

    1 · November 28

    • Tony C.

      Looks like it will be around 20deg Thats night.

      November 29

    • Tali

      The burn ban has been lifted

      2 · 3 days ago

  • Larry F

    I'll text ya when I'm close. I may head down Friday afternoon but haven't decided yet. Will depend on how crazy my week gets at work.

    4 days ago

    • Myles

      Ok. Sounds good
      I wanted to go down friday, but it hasn't worked out yet

      3 days ago

  • Myles

    My number is[masked] if anyone has any questions or concerns. Please, on the date of our trip, let me know if you are running a bit late. I typically only wait ten extra minutes or so before heading out, especially if I haven't heard from you. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

    2 · 4 days ago

  • DianaHart

    Greetings, all! Y'all's excitement is contagious! I am relatively fit, but new to backpacking. Do you think this trip is okay for a beginner?

    November 20

    • Tony C.

      Wal-Mart sells mountain house dinners for around 6 bucks that are good.

      5 days ago

    • DianaHart

      Thanks! I appreciate it!

      4 days ago

  • Myles

    There is a GPS map, with map track available for this trip, under the files tab, for those interested. You have to use the desktop site, go to the more tab, files, and the "red river gorge sampler" file. I just uploaded it to the Gaia GPS app I use on my phone. I believe it is $19.99 if you were interested in purchasing the app. Pretty handy, and efficient app.

    December 1

  • Lacy J.

    I am planning on hiking only. However, I would like to look at people's camp set up, bc I have ideas of maybe getting a hammock tent at some point. How many miles (and features) are we guesstimating for the day hike?

    November 22

    • Lacy J.

      I'm trying to talk myself into NOT going on Amazon right now and buying stuff to camp with you all. LOL. So your dog can't fit in your hammock? I have a 50lb short legged dog who I thought could...

      November 30

    • Tony C.

      No my 110 lb dog wouldn't do good in a closed in hammock. If your wanting to camp I have some extra gear a light weight junior tent that I use alot in the summer. And I'm sure a few other members have some extra gear that would get you thru a 20deg night lol.

      November 30

  • Vince

    I am backpacking and using a tent.

    I will be driving from Louisville and have an Xterra, which can carry 5 counting me, if anyone is interested in carpooling.

    November 26

  • Gina

    Kerrie and I will be backpacking.

    November 22

    • Ziel

      I will be backpacking as well and will be in a hammock.

      November 22

    • Myles

      Ziel, I will need to bring son bourbon for you, after we all drank yours up last trip!

      November 23

  • Larry F

    Backpacking. Temperature will determine if I will be in a tent or hammock. Either way I only need a very small spot.

    November 22

    • Myles

      I hear ya. Either way, there should be plenty of room there. I have had 15 people up there before, and seen alot more. Hopefully the colder months will deter other campers. We will see.

      November 22

    • Tony C.

      Myles there is one rather large camp spot there that I have in mind that would be plenty large enough and still leave privacy between tents hammocks ect.

      November 22

  • Tali

    Backpacking

    November 22

  • Tracy

    I'll be hiking only.

    November 22

  • Steven M

    Backpacking.

    November 22

  • Alesia W.

    I plan on backpacking.

    November 22

  • Tony C.

    Who is backpacking? And who is just day hiking? Wanna get a idea to figure out the best option for camp. There is 18 going so far and if all 18 camped that's a very large space needed

    November 22

  • Myles

    Everyone, with the wildfires, and current environmental conditions, please be aware there is a chance a camp fire might not be an option for those backpacking. There is expected rain from now, and our trip date, but I wanted to put that out there. We will follow all current park guidelines, and regulations when our trip date approaches. I think we will be o.k, but wanted to let everyone know considering the current fire situation.

    November 19

    • Tony C.

      I'm with one of the main rrg guys right now he said that the ban should be gone by then

      November 19

    • Myles

      Good to hear. I was thinking it would, with the upcoming forcast, but just wanted to put it out there.

      November 19

  • Gina

    Thanks for the info Myles. Just one more question....you mentioned an official trail that bypassed Indian staircase and cloudsplitter. If we took bypass trail is there any logicisical issue that we might be unaware of? We could meet back up with the group. I will have Kerrie with me and my dog so I wouldn't be solo.

    1 · November 19

    • Lacy J.

      I've taken dogs on the staircase before... does it often present a problem?

      November 19

    • Myles

      Not that I know of, lacy. But, I have not seen a dog up there myself. Not to say a dog cant, I just haven't seen it.ultimately, you are the best judge of your dogs character, and are responsible for them
      I would love dogs to come along, just want to put the warnings out there. Especially when with a group. I leave it up to you.

      November 19

  • Gina

    Thanks Tony and Myles! Looking forward to it:)

    November 19

  • Tony C.

    Looking forward to this trip. Of anyone wants to backpack and needs extra gear feel free to let me know what you need I have alot of extra stuff.

    1 · November 17

  • Gina

    Hello I was just reading the rules of the group and I wanted to check and see about bringing my dog she is well behaved friendly and has done several hikes with groups.

    1 · November 6

    • Tali

      Gina, Patches did well on the ladders in BSF, right? I could never bring Aurora on this section as she hates heights, but my little Gryph could do it. He's just not obedient enough to bring on a goup hike.

      1 · November 7

    • Myles

      I do appreciate you asking that question. Only you can judge your dogs trail behavior, and what they are comfortable with. If you don't think she would mind a few rock scrambles, then go ahead and bring her along. If it doesn't work out, there is an official trail you could take instead. We may end up taking that trail, depending on the conditions when we get to the staircase.

      2 · November 15

  • Lacy J.

    I've never hiked with you all before, but I might do the day hike, need to find out about work first :).

    1 · November 12

    • Myles

      We would love to have you along. Dang work, always getting in the way of hiking!

      November 12

  • Amelia

    Count me in for the day hike option. I don't have backpacking equipment. Can't wait! :)

    November 7

    • Myles

      Will do. It will be good to see ya again.

      November 7

    • Larry F

      Amelia, I have a large daypack (28L) and a spare tent (Kelty) you are welcome to use if you can come up with a sleeping bag and pad.

      November 10

  • Myles

    Thanks, man. Good luck on finals!

    November 6

  • Jason

    I'd love to go but that is finals week. Happy b-day none the less.

    November 6

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  • DianaHart

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  • Kerrie

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    if it's something to do with the outdoors count me in. Ive backpacked most of the eastern usa

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  • Thom

    Hi, I'm Thom. Yes, that's how I spell my name. I'm from Kentucky, but I travel all over the... more

  • Alesia W.

    Started hiking after my father passed away and my daughter left for college as a way to combat... more

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    I'm Lacy. Avid runner, trail runner, hiker, and potential backpacker.

  • Aaron

    I like to walk outside and carry stuff on my back.

  • Diane

    Live in Lexington and am interested in everything outdoors.

  • Jason

    Growing up we did car camping and day hiking, I'm looking to combine the two (only lighter weight).

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