I am traveling to RRG this weekend with my son, and a friend with his two sons. We'l be backpacking Auxier Ridge, Auxier Branch, and Double Arch. The plan is to camp out two nights. First, I wanted to know if there concerns over water sources. It's been a very hot summer and I'm curious if creeks are running. Also, any suggestions on finding the best camp sites? Any other tips or suggestions are appreciated. It's our kids first time backpacking and I want to make sure it's a good one. Thanks!
Post by Paul Sheppard on Jul 24, 2018 13:44:09 GMT -5
Ridge lines leading to Auxier Ridge are normally barren of water sources but the valley's streams are actually running well due to recent rains. Technically, there are no sanctioned USFS campsites along Auxier Ridge trail as you cannot get far enough away from established trails before you either plummet downward or a downhill slope begins. However, people tend to ignore this fact, camp anyway and whether or not the USFS will ignore this is another question. Check the area map and refer to these RRG Camping Rules:
Red River Gorge Camping Rules and Regulations
The Red River Gorge is a fantastically beautiful, but potentially deadly place. Please be careful, take your time, and don’t get too close to any ledge, no matter how gorgeous you believe the view will be “just a few feet closer.” The clifflines are dangerous. If backpacking and camping in the Gorge, remember:
Camping is NOT permitted within 300 feet of any road. Camping is NOT permitted within 300 feet of any developed trail. Camping is NOT permitted in any picnic or parking area. Camping is NOT permitted within 100 feet of the base of any cliff, or the back of any rock shelter. YOU ARE PROHIBITED from building, maintaining, attending, or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire within 100 feet of the base of any cliff, or the back of any rock shelter.
Rock climbing is permitted. However, new route development must be approved by the Forest Service. Climbing and rappelling are NOT PERMITTED within 300 feet of Sky Bridge, Gray’s Arch, Nada Tunnel, and Chimney Rock Overlook, and other areas as posted.
Keep vehicles on established roads. All vehicle traffic is restricted to roads in the Geological Area. Parking on Tunnel Ridge Road is limited to designated parking sites only. You must purchase a pass for parking overnight in the Gorge and Indian Creek area (between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.). Passes are available from local stores and at the District Office in Stanton.
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