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Elm Lick Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (5)

This trail traverses Bernheim Forest through the Elm Lick Watershed.


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4.3

Miles

6.9

KM

Point to Point

886' 270 m

High

545' 166 m

Low

641' 195 m

Up

618' 188 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

34%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views

Description

Enjoy nearly 5 miles of beautiful forested singletrack along the Elm Lick Trail. While the majority of the trail is easy and flat, you'll encounter two short, steep descents to the creek, as well as one fairly steep ascent back to the ridge.

Starting off the Ashlock Hollow Fire Road, the Elm Lick Trail follows a ridgeline (left at the fork) through dense hardwoods for about a mile before making its first descent to the valley below. Watch your footing on the way down!

Upon reaching the valley floor, the trail meanders alongside Elm Lick for a few miles before turning north and tackling a seriously steep ascent of the adjacent ridge.

Once on top of the ridge, it's more or less smooth sailing. All that's left in front of you is a moderate descent into the previous drainage and an equally moderate climb back out. When you reach the fork from before, simply turn left, and you'll be on your way back to the car.

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  4.0 from 5 votes

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The Elm Lick Trail makes this crossing under the cover of dense trees.
Apr 15, 2017 near Shepher…, KY
Elm Lick Trail is a pleasant one.
Apr 15, 2017 near Shepher…, KY
Miniature iris grow along the trail.
Apr 15, 2017 near Shepher…, KY
Elizabeth descends the Elm Lick Trail through dense young forests.
Apr 15, 2017 near Shepher…, KY
The grain Storage at the Old homestead.  Has long sat empty, and an old foundation still remains built from stone.
Apr 11, 2019 near Shepher…, KY

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Apr 11, 2019
Nathan Ginn
Feb 22, 2019
Chris Greenlee
5mi
Aug 5, 2018
Seiler Smith
Fun hike with some elevation. Go after a few days of rain makes it more difficult, but much more fun. 5mi — 2h 00m
Jan 20, 2018
Bryan Howell
Sep 24, 2017
Seth Husted
Aug 20, 2017
Julianne Kravetz