Howdy. It's been a while and I apologize for my neglected site. I had connection problems with my server and always managed to find some excuse not to fix it. Anyway, I have a new edition of Hinterlands out. You can find it here. Some things had changed with the 2020 edition almost as soon as I released it (like the Poor Edgar Trail, for example, and the Swift Camp Creek Overlook Trail, for another) which aggravated me and prompted me to release a newer edition ASAP. I apologize for not being able to keep abreast of the rapid changes, but I'm old and by the time I visit half the trails, the other half have burned, lengthened, or otherwise been modified.


I have a new edition of the Red River Gorge Trail Guide out. It has a new format, with less detail on each trail, but I think it's better suited to new visitors. Numerous aerial photographs expand reader's perspective on the region. You can find it here:


Fire has altered both Buzzard Roost Trails, especially Buzzard Roost North. It's a mess and I recommend that you stay away. The final descent on Buzzard Roost South is now a wide corridor instead of a rhodo thicket, but otherwise the trail still rocks.


While researching for the 2018 edition of Hinterlands I (again) attempted to navigate the entire Poor Edgar Trail and I (again) found it to be overgrown after just a short distance. This is a shame because the trail once led to a nice little overlook, and I discuss this in the book. Anyway, all my life I've read that you shouldn't blindly step over fallen logs, because of snakes, and for my entire hiking career this had been useless advice. I had never ever seen a snake on the opposite side of a log. Well, never say never, because on the above mentioned day, I peeped over a log and saw this:

Enlarge the photo if you need to. The only reason that I looked was because I had been watching some snake videos on YouTube and had consequently had a dream about snakes the previous night. I like to think that I'm not superstitious, but this kind of thing sort of makes one wonder.


I originally thought that this was an unnamed overlook that's visible from the Eagle Point Buttress Bonus Trail. Actually, as it turns out, this is the summit and backside of the Wall of Denial, where I have climbed on countless occassions. I've actually ascended the 5.11 sport route Cold Shot on the flat end nearest the photo. I just didn't recognize it from either the Eagle Point Bonus Trail or the air. I had attempted to find a 3rd class route to the summit a few years ago, as Bronough had mentioned such a route in his climbing guide, but Steve King and I failed to locate anything trail-like. Later we accessed it from the top of the plateau, but there's no trail there either.


Hinterlands 2020

In some editions, on the chart at the top of page 213, I list a trail as the JuJu Zone Trail. It should instead be called the Window Wall Wonderland Trail. I had originally intended to call it the JuJu Zone Trail because on the day I measured and found waypoints the song JuJu Bone by Danzig was stuck in my mind. Along with a lot of cobwebs and decaying brain cells. Later I just couldn't resist being even sillier.

Hinterlands (some 2019 editions)

I made a significant mistake on page 88 of Hinterlands 2019. Tunnel Ridge Road, shown on the map for Cherokee Arch, should instead be labeled Chimney Top Road. Both instances. Hopefully, everyone recognized the error, although nobody has contacted me about it. I apologize. I've corrected it now, so it's okay in 2019 editions going forward.

On page 88, Tunnel Ridge Road, shown on the map for Cherokee Arch, should be labeled Chimney Top Road.

On page 246, first line. 2.4 miles should be .24 miles.

The route for the Angel Windows Extension Trail have changed somewhat from my description. My directions will still work, but they are no longer the best option. Follow the more obvious trail now for the section between the first and third campsites.

Red River Gorge Trail Guide 2018 Edition

On page 285, 3rd line, Original Trail should be 159 instead of 123.

On page 290, 8th line, page 123 should be 159 and page 71 should be 97.

On page 299, under Cautions, page 75 should be page 39.

Red River Gorge Trail Guide 2012 Edition

In the 1st and 2nd editions of the Red River Gorge Trail Guide I mistakenly referred to the Whistling Arch Trail as trail #224. It is actually #234, so you may want to mark this in your older copy. Seven years after publication this is the only typo or misprint I've discovered, or that has been brought to my attention, in those early editions! All credit goes to my proofreaders and editors. I've seen major publishing companies do unspeakably worse.

I can't say the same for my later (2012) edition. One error is on page 135, in the trail directions for the Pebble Beach Trail. "See map on page 141" should read, "See map on page 143". On page 261, Highlights: should read "Beautiful stream/forest settings." You'll also find some misspellings because some idiot (me) forgot to run the spell checker, or perhaps, my "dynamic" spell checker wasn't working properly . . . like it isn't now.

Hinterlands 2018 edition

On page 231, 7 lines down, Raven's Rock Overlook Trail II should read Raven's Rock Overlook Trail I.

On page 10, 17 lines from bottom, "expectations" should read "exceptions"

Hinterlands (2007 & 2008 editions)

While updating the Hanson's Point Trail for the new edition of Hinterlands I noticed two errors in the previous edition. In the first sentence of the last full paragraph on page 147, "continues west along" should read "continues east along." Additionally, the GPS coordinates given for Hanson's Point were actually for the campsite previous to the final overlook area and should read 17S 0268801 4188719. The latter mistake shouldn't cause any serious problems, but the former one could. Sorry. The Hanson's Point Trail has become an obstacle course. Recent fires have resulted in many fallen trees and a general decline in hiking quality. The views still kill, however.

In the description to the Swift Camp Creek Overlook Trail, on page 226, "The trail going straight ahead is the Turtle Back Arch Trail. Our trail turns left" should read more like "The trail going straight ahead is the Swift Camp Creek Overlook Trail while the Turtle Back Arch Trail turns right." Or something to that effect. I must have been looking at mapping software or something instead of my notes. Or maybe I just had one too many bourbon shots that night. Sorry. As mentioned previously however. The SCCO Trail is now obliterated by deadfall. Or at least it was when I tried to hike it a few months ago. This will all be corrected (hopefully) in the new edition of Hinterlands, and new errors will probably take their place.

Fire and subsequent erosion have made access to Indian Staircase considerably easier than it was when Hinterlands was first published. Follow directions in the book until you arrive at the small "obstacle," shown in the photo on page 161 and below, but rather than climbing the obstacle directly, move left to easier (less steep) terrain and zigzag up ledges. It's less adventurous, but much safer.

On page 288 (Wildcat Bonus Trail), the directions end with "map page 297." That should read "map page 298."

A reader pointed out another mistake in older Hinterlands. It's in the Eagle Point Buttress area. It's subtle and corrected in new editions so I won't get into details, but let me know if you have any trouble navigating in the area. I still can't believe how few mistakes have been found in my books. It's not like I do this for a living, but I see tons of mistakes in books by people who do. I'm not bragging because the credit goes to my wife and other proofreaders. I can't say as much for the latter editions. Expect mistakes.

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