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Forest Service Reconstructing Tunnel Ridge Road
« on: January 04, 2018, 10:50:00 PM »

Tunnel Ridge Road in the Red River Gorge is in poor condition and in need of repair. The U.S. Forest Service will temporarily close the road to all motor vehicles beginning Sunday evening, January 7th to facilitate road reconstruction.

It will remain a gravel road. The road bed is being rebuilt and drainage improved to accommodate heavy visitor use. They will allow foot traffic unless parking interferes with construction crews and/or hikers become a safety risk.

The project is expected to conclude by March 1st and Tunnel Ridge Road will reopen to motor vehicles once all work is completed. Chimney Top, Rock Bridge and Sky Bridge Roads remain open but may be closed due to inclement weather or winter road conditions. For additional information, please call the Cumberland Ranger Station at 606-784-6428.

https://www.facebook.com/danielboonenf/posts/2012429402105833
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Re: Forest Service Reconstructing Tunnel Ridge Road
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2018, 06:38:37 AM »

YES!!!!  Can't wait to go to Auxier Ridge with TRR closed!!!
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Re: Forest Service Reconstructing Tunnel Ridge Road
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2018, 10:05:56 AM »

Thanks for that update. I know where my winter hiking will take place, hopefully everything will take longer than expected and spring hiking on Auxier Ridge will be quiet as well.

I wish the Forest Service would just shut TRR to cars altogether. Or at least shut it past Grays Arch.
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Re: Forest Service Reconstructing Tunnel Ridge Road
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2018, 10:24:28 PM »

Exactly, hit up the user trail from Martin's Fork right up to the Auxier TH. Probably have most of that area all to yourself. I plan on doing just that before the road opens back up.
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Re: Forest Service Reconstructing Tunnel Ridge Road
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2018, 11:00:18 AM »

I've made it out to the end of TRR twice in the last month. The first trip was a dayhike that started at Martins Fork. I took the "backdoor" up to TRR and enjoyed the solitude. It is very weird being the only person on Auxier Ridge, weird, but I like it :)



All by myself at Haystack Rock


I had such a good time I decided that I would make Auxier Ridge my first backpacking trip of 2018. Again I started at Martins Fork, but there was a lot of snow on the ground and I had a pack so I took the D Boone Trail up to TRR and then out to the end of the road.



I started to head out to Jailhouse Rock, but all the bushes were covered in snow and I did not want to get wet since it was only 20 degrees. So, I instead went to Double Arch. Again, very weird to be the only person at this very popular spot.



Then across the valley to set up camp. It was a full moon, so I wasn't too worried about hiking in the dark. I hiked back to the overlook and cooked dinner and waited for the sunset.



And then the stars



It was very cold that night (about 15 degrees) and I did not sleep well, so I was wide awake at 6:45. Plenty of time to pack up and do a small hike for a sunrise view.



Double Arch in the morning sun


Then back towards the car. It was Saturday morning and the Gorge was filling up. I ran into a group of young guys at the Auxier Ridge Trailhead who had hiked the road from the gate. And then a couple of dayhikers on Rough Trail as well as a group of 3 guys more my age who had camped somewhere near Grays Arch. When I got to the trailhead, there were about 12 cars and the temperature was about 30 degrees. So glad I was able to get out on a Friday and feel like I had the whole ridge to myself.

Spring time at the end of TRR would be great without all the crowds, hope the forest service never reopens the road :)

some more details and photos here http://backpackandbeer.blogspot.com/2018/02/empty-auxier-ridge.html
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Re: Forest Service Reconstructing Tunnel Ridge Road
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2018, 02:05:13 PM »

FANTASTIC PHOTOS! Thanks for sharing!
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Re: Forest Service Reconstructing Tunnel Ridge Road
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2018, 06:13:09 PM »

Great, photos. Glad to hear you were able to enjoy some absolute solitude, pretty amazing for Auxier Ridge.

Love the black and white and shot from Double Arch. Looks like an awesome trip!
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Re: Forest Service Reconstructing Tunnel Ridge Road
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2018, 06:29:07 PM »

Beautiful pictures. Solitude out there is a pretty special thing. Glad you were able to enjoy it.
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Re: Forest Service Reconstructing Tunnel Ridge Road
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2018, 07:17:36 PM »

Sunrise is awesome!!  Love being alone in the forest.   :)
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Re: Forest Service Reconstructing Tunnel Ridge Road
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2018, 01:46:19 PM »

wonderful photos, truly!
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Re: Forest Service Reconstructing Tunnel Ridge Road
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2018, 09:53:22 PM »

I was able to hit TRR again today and ran into a forest service crew doing stuff on TRR. They were marking the centerline of TRR for regrading. Evidently there is no new construction coming, I specifically asked about culverts and such and was told just regrading. I was also told that they definitely were not going to be done by March 1, so there is still time to get out there and enjoy a bit of solitude.

I was the only person anywhere near Star Gap Arch today and it was awesome :) Pics to follow when I sort them out.
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Re: Forest Service Reconstructing Tunnel Ridge Road
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2018, 08:56:12 AM »

I was able to hit TRR again today and ran into a forest service crew doing stuff on TRR. They were marking the centerline of TRR for regrading. Evidently there is no new construction coming, I specifically asked about culverts and such and was told just regrading. I was also told that they definitely were not going to be done by March 1, so there is still time to get out there and enjoy a bit of solitude.

I was the only person anywhere near Star Gap Arch today and it was awesome :) Pics to follow when I sort them out.

Thanks for that update, good to know the plan is only regrading and that there is still time to get out there. Did you use the Martin's Fork connector trail again? It will be good for that trail to get some traffic to help keep it visible. Nature is definitely trying to reclaim what is rightfully hers.
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Re: Forest Service Reconstructing Tunnel Ridge Road
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2018, 02:06:32 PM »

I did take the user trail above Martins Fork, it was very easy to follow, but might not be once the leaves come back. I realized that I had always hiked that route in pants (fall or winter), but it was so warm, I was in shorts. I lost a little bit of blood that part of the day :)

Above Martins Fork


Under Star Gap Arch
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