RRG must-do hikes?

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RRG must-do hikes?

Post by pru » Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:17 am

an old friend is spending next week with me at the gorge, and we're going to do some hiking. It's been years since I've taken the time to do anything but climb there. What do you consider the essential/prettiest hikes?
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Post by Wes » Mon Nov 03, 2008 7:21 am

Auxier ridge loop
Indian stairway to cloud splitter
rock bridge/swift camp creek
wall of denial
hoods branch to natural bridge, back via rock garden trail
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Post by pru » Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:05 am

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Post by Ascentionist » Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:27 am

Auxier Ridge Loop - Auxier Ridge to Auxier Branch to Tunnel Ridge Road back to start.
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Post by powen01 » Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:57 am

Wes wrote:Auxier ridge loop
Indian stairway to cloud splitter
rock bridge/swift camp creek
wall of denial
hoods branch to natural bridge, back via rock garden trail
"indian stairway to cloud splitter"

Wes, can you tell me more about where that trail begins or where I can find more info about it?

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Post by dmw » Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:03 pm

pru - definitely what Wes suggested. The indian stairway to cloud splitter almost got me lost (but I am navigationally challenged) but is way cool if you can get there..... have fun! also that Hinterlands book has some sweet lesser-known hikes in the Red. I think they still have it at True North.....

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Post by caribe » Mon Nov 03, 2008 12:37 pm

Raven Rock!! Bring lots of water.

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Post by captain static » Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:03 pm

To get to Indian Staircase from the Gladie Visitor Center take the Bison Way Trail to the Sheltowee Trace. Turn left (west) on the Sheltowee Trace. In a little under 1/4 of a mile you will cross a small stream. After crossing the stream start looking for a trail to the right (north) that goes up along a sharp ridge. This trail is unofficial and is not marked but leads to the base of Indian Staircase. If you want to continue on the suggested loop follow the trail from the top of the staircase west along the rim of the Sargent Branch canyon. The trail braids some but as long as you are following the top of the cliffline you are good. Shortly you should see a small trail to the left that leads down into the large rock shelter. If your friend is not afraid of heights, continue through the rockshelter to the other end where you will pick up a trail that goes along a ledge in the cliff to another rock shelter with a spectacular view and echo. Go through this rock shelter and pick up the trail again that leads you to the top of the ridge. Turn left (south) on the trail that runs along the ridge and follow that until it meets up with the Sheltowee Trace. From there you can either turn left (northeast) on the Sheltowee Trace to see the arch and go back to the Bison Way trail to complete the loop or you can continue on the unofficial trail along the ridge and then find your way back down to the right where the ridge ends. If your friend is afraid of heights you can skirt around along the top of the big rockshelter to the north to find the ridgetop trail.
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Post by whatahutch » Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:59 pm

Do the Grays Arch Loop, short sweet (3.5 miles I think) but beautiful. The Trail Head is on Tunnel Ridge Road. (Or you can start from the parking lot for Military and Left Flank).
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Post by dipsi » Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:18 pm

Wes wrote:Auxier ridge loop
Indian stairway to cloud splitter
rock bridge/swift camp creek
wall of denial
hoods branch to natural bridge, back via rock garden trail
Second rock bridge. I've always had little ones along, so I've only done the mile and something loop, but it's beautiful!
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Post by DuppyC » Tue Nov 04, 2008 8:37 am

everyone missed the obvious: Swift Camp Creek Trail, back~n~forth.
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Post by L K Day » Sat Nov 08, 2008 7:48 am

For a Jurrasic Park kind of experience, at least in the botanical sense, hike down into Tight Hollow. It's the only stand of old growth timber left in the RRG. There are some gigantic Hemlocks and Tulip trees there, as well as the largest known Big Leaf Magnolia on record. Go on a rainy day when there's nothing else to do. It's a short hike to an amazing place.

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Post by Spragwa » Sun Nov 09, 2008 6:02 am

Sheltowee is a great trail too. Not very challenging but absolutely beautiful!
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Post by Crankmas » Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:50 pm

have a bizz associate that wants a guide to RRG hikes, I drove him around the 715 loop and pointed out several trailheads, surely Gallstones or J&H has a trail guide- book, right? if not anybody noticed anything at Porter Chevron or similar? thanks

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