Hocking Hills is full of amazing photographic opportunities regardless the time of year. The Winter season transforms the gorge into a "Winter wonderland" with ice formations and the occasional snow. Join us for a fun Winter photo-hike in Hocking Hills and although it sounds crazy - hope for snow!
*Update* Well, no snow - looks like it will be 53 and rainy. That's ok, I've been to Hocking Hills on a rainy day before and I can tell you it is still beautiful and we may even get fog! Dress for rain, cover your gear, and bring an umbrella! See you Saturday.
Photograph of the Upper Falls by David Lambert
Itinerary(for Ua's carpool - 4 people total):
5:50-6:00a Meet at Target
6:00-7:10a Carpool to Conkle's Hollow
7:30-8:30a Photograph the sunrise at Conkle's Hollow
8:30-9:00a Head to Hocking Hills State Park Visitor Center *
9:00-11:30a Hike/Photograph Grandma Gatewood Trail (Upper Falls to Old Man's Cave)
11:30a-12:00p Lunch Break & discussion of where to go next. Options: Cedar Falls, Rock House, Cantwell Cliffs, Ash Cave
12:00-12:15p Carpool to chosen location
12:15-2:00p Photograph final location
2:00-3:10 Carpool to Target
* If the other carpool doesn't want to photograph the sunrise, they can meet up with us at 9:00a at the Hocking Hills State Park Visitor Center.
NOTE: Tentatively I have our photo-hike ending at 2 p.m. but this will mostly depend on everyones’ schedules and energy levels.
Carpool info: Meet at the Target Parking Lot at 5:50a. I'll be as close to the left entrance as possible. We are leaving the parking lot no later than 6:05 (sunrise is at 7:48a). If you are late, we will have to leave without you.
Note to second driver: If you haven't been to Hocking Hills, I would not suggest volunteering to be the driver during the Winter. The roads are very challenging to navigate, even when dry.
What to bring:
• Flashlight (for sunrise groups)
• Camera & Lenses
• Shoes with grip (consider Yaktraxs http://www.target.com/p/yaktrax-pro-traction-pad-black/-/A-14127117#prodSlot=medium_1_1&term=yaktrax)
• Winter/waterproof clothing DRESS IN LAYERS!
• PACK A LUNCH with plenty of water
Caution: The sandstone cliffs are 200ft. high and the surface is covered with a thin layer of sand and possibly snow/ice this time of year. The trail runs alongside the rim of the gorge and at times there is only 3-4ft. between you and the edge. Your safety is your responsibility, please wear shoes that have traction and bring a flashlight.
Note: If you are afraid of heights you are welcome to explore the gorge trail during the first part of our day.
To learn more about Conkle’s Hollow and Hocking Hills please visit: http://www.hockinghills.com/conkles_hollow.html
Note: This is not an instructional photo-walk. Our goal is to make photographs together, not to teach photography. Questions are fine and learning from one another is important, lets just make sure we direct our focus on making images.