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Auxier Ridge, Courthouse Rock and Double Arch Loop

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7.0 mi
Distance
3 hrs 5 min
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36:30 min/mi
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  • 4 hrs 16 min
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  • 1 hrs 11 min
    Stopped Time
  • 2.3 mph
    Moving Speed
  • 1.6 mph
    Avg Speed
  • 677 ft
    Ascent
  • 646 ft
    Descent
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This was a fantastic hike alongside Auxier Ridge, past Courthouse Rock, and up to Double Arch.

This hike has a little bit of everything. It starts off pretty vanilla with a wide path through the woods, but soon opens up onto a ridgeline that has beautiful views and exposed cliffs on either side. Sometimes the ridge is narrow enough that you have great views from both sides simultaneously.

The path eventually winds its way down some fantastic built in staircases towards Courthouse rock- Apparently there's a scramble to get part of the way up, but I didn't bother as I was solo and it didn't look like the kind of thing you'd want to try alone or with a pack.

Once you turn onto Double Arch trail, the path descends and basically runs directly next to (occasionally IN) a stream for 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile. It then gradually climbs up to Double arch that can be seen high up on your left. The path continues up around the back side of double arch where you can sit and enjoy the view. There are some steps that have been cut just to the right of the arch to climb to the top. If you have a pack, I'd recommend working your way further onto the right into the trees where a much more manageable (and sort of hidden) scramble will let you get to the top with all your gear.

The path out involves retracing your steps a bit, and the last 1.5 miles of the path is basically a 10' wide gravel path. Pretty, but also pretty boring compared to the rest of this fantastic trail.

I'd HIGHLY recommend.

NOTE: The popular alternate loop would involve retracing further, and taking the Courthouse Rock Trail that runs parallel to Auxier if you want to make the trail a bit longer.