Saturday, December 20, 2008

Red River Gorge Geologic Area: Red Byrd Arch

Well today I met up with a bunch of folks who frequent the Kentucky Wilderness website for a hike to the famed Red Byrd Arch. Red Byrd is reputed to be one of the most difficult large arches in the Red River Gorge to find. I know I would not have been able to find it without the help of my new friends. We met at the rest area in Slade at 8 am and drove to the trailhead together. We started hiking on some old logging roads that have been slowly reclaimed by the wilderness. It was a fun hike; not too strenuous. We made it to the arch by about noon.
RedByrd Arch 2
It was quite impressive. After about a half an hour of poking around (there was a random frying pan at the arch)
RedByrd Fryingpan
and snacking, we headed back to the vehicles. It was nice to meet some new people with similar interests. I hope to meet up with some of them soon for some more adventure!

5 comments:

Still Wandering said...

Glad you have found some "like minded" friends in Kensucky.

Jim Stickley said...

It was a pleasure to meet Eric, as well as the other "like minded" people on this adventure. For those who don't like Kentucky, keep on wandering.

Still Wandering said...

Kentucky Pride - Whoa!!

Jon said...

Some friends and I just attempted this hike from the trail head mentioned on this site http://toredrivergorge.com/top-10-day-hikes/red-byrd-arch-area/red-byrd-arch-2-5-miles-unmarked/, but were not able to find it. Any tips?

Eric and Noelle Grunwald said...

It's been a long time since I've been there and others led the way, so I don't have any tips unfortunately.