Location: Red River Gorge Geological Area - Slade, KY
General Rules and Regulations: Overnight permits are required (available at gas stations in Slade or Gladie Visitor Center). 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: 3 days/2 nights; temps ranged from mid 30s to upper 50s; 6 arches and 2 waterfalls
Menu: Pop-Tarts & Breakfast Biscuits, Beef Stroganoff, Dirty Rice w/Ground Beef & Hungarian Goulash and various snacks
Shelter: Warbonnet Blackbird hammock, Underground Quilts Top Quilt and Hammock Gear Under Quilt, Warbonnet Outdoors Mamajamba tarp
Wildlife: Not a thing!
For this trip we would be representing the Buckeye state, the Mountaineers and Wildcats.
I met up with Justin & Paige (#backpackdog) and Jack at the Osborne Bend trail head Friday morning and we headed off up Copperas Creek. We hiked all the way to the falls where we dropped packs and hiked around until we were at the top of the falls. After checking the area out and snapping some photos we ate some lunch before heading back down the creek to set up camp. We found a nice spot not far from where we would need to be to search for Snow Arch and Double Deer Arch.
We headed off late morning to hunt for Snow Arch and Double Deer Arch. I tried finding these once before with no luck. Turns out I was close but needed to climb higher up the ridge. We had a decent climb and a few scrambles but, were rewarded with a cool arch and great view from Snow Arch.
Justin and Paige headed out while Jack & I hiked back to camp. We started another fire, filtered some water and fixed dinner. Despite the spitting rain it felt warmer today and we were able to get a hot enough fire to get a good bed of coals and put out some heat. With a better fire the wet wood dried out and made for a very nice evening, sitting around the fire in rain jackets.
The rain moved out but, it was still cloudy and everything was wet & damp. We fixed some morning java and had a bite to eat before we packed up. All packed up we headed to the truck and moved to the Bison Way trail head where we planned to hike to Indian Arch and Adena Arch. The Bison Way lot was full but the pull out down the road had enough room to squeeze in. We hiked up Indian Staircase (which I'm pretty sure I said I didn't need to do again the last time I did it) and around to Frog Head Rock and Council Chambers. Indian Staircase is not incredibly difficult but, it does have a definite amount of risk involved. The exposure is what messes with your mind. The pictures in this gallery give a good perspective of the exposure.
Another great weekend in the woods at Red River Gorge. I was able to check several sites off my list and enjoy some time with friends. The only negative was that Miguel's Pizza wasn't open!