Location: Red River Gorge Geological Area - Slade, KY
General Rules and Regulations: Overnight permits are required (available at gas stations in Slade). No camping within 300' of a marked trail or road. No camping or fires within 100' of rock structures. Fires are permitted unless there s a fire ban in place - No cutting standing timber (dead or alive). Bear precautions are required.
Please see the USDA website, which is over Red River Gorge, for details on the rules.
Trip Highlights: 2 days/1 night; temp ranged from upper 30s to upper 50s; approximately 10 miles
Menu: Oatmeal, Mexican Chicken & Rice & Snacks
Shelter: Warbonnet Black Bird hammock, Underground Quilts Top & Under Quilts, Warbonnet Mamajamba Tarp w/DIY Door Kit
Now, who could I find to go with me? My mom had been helping me make a down vest for my dog, Max. So, I decide that if we could get the vest finished Max would be my partner this trip. If not, it was looking like a solo trip. On Friday night we finished the vest…Saturday morning my best friend would be headed for The Gorge with me!
We arrived at the Koomer Ridge trailhead around 10:30, loaded up and hit the trail. This was my first time in this section of Red River Gorge. But, I knew enough to understand that my planned route of approximately 10 miles would not be an easy stroll. Our plan was to hike Koomer Ridge Trail to Buck Trail To Pinch-em Tight Trail to Rough Trail back to Koomer Ridge Trail. Camp would be somewhere around the trailhead of Kommer Ridge Trail and Rough Trail.
I was warm enough through the night but, slept very light keeping an eye on Max to make sure he didn't get cold. I hung my hammock about as low as I could without fear of the quilt dragging the ground. This allowed Max to sleep against me, which he did most of the night. Max slept in a sweater with his down vest and I put my poncho over him as a wind break. I don't know what the temps hit in the creek valley we were in, I'm guessing mid to upper 30s. I don't think Max ever got cold though.