3rd Annual John Bryan and Clifton Gorge Holiday Hike

  • December 15, 2013 · 2:30 PM
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Celebrate the season at the 3rd Annual John Bryan and Clifton Gorge Holiday Hike.

We will hike about 5 miles in these two great parks at around 2.7 mph (moderate pace). Keep your fingers crossed for at least a dusting of snow to get us in the holiday spirit!

Bring a headlamp or flashlight as we may finish the hike near sunset. Dress for the weather.

Continue the fun with the popular post-hike dinner and celebratory drink at Peach's in Yellow Springs (optional, of course).

This hike has a size limit due to the narrow trail in some places and small parking lot, and to keep the hike the best experience for all. No maybe RSVP's, please, confirm when you know you can attend.

 



Description of John Bryan State Park:

Much of the history of John Bryan State Park is "written in the rocks" of the Little Miami River gorge • Entering the area at Clifton, at 980 feet above sea level, the Little Miami drops 130 feet through layer upon layer of bedrock • Each layer has a story to tell of times when the area was covered by warm, shallow seas or was a part of a muddy river delta or was scoured by tons of slow-moving glacial ice • Each layer has its own characteristics as well • Some of the shale layers are easily worn away by the forces of erosion, causing undercutting in the cliff face • The more erosion-resistant dolomite or limestone rocks above are weakened by this undercutting and large "slump blocks" fall away, creating unusual rock formations including Steamboat Rock • Springs feeding small waterfalls and cascades are common

The glaciers did not only affect the land forms, they also had an effect on the vegetation found here • As the last glacier retreated and the climate warmed, the cool shaded recesses of the gorge valley provided a suitable habitat for several Canadian plant species: Canada yew, redberry elder, mountain maple, arborvitae and even a few hemlocks

More than 100 different trees and shrubs have been identified in the park • More than 340 species of wildflowers grow wild here • Snow trillium, Virginia bluebells, bellworts, wild ginger, Dutchman's breeches, Jack-in-the-pulpit and wild columbines are only a few to be seen in the park • The dominating trees are oaks and maples, but large numbers of sycamores and cottonwoods can be found along the river • Wildlife is also abundant in the park • For instance, more than 90 different varieties of birds live in or visit the park area during the year • To fully appreciate the beauty of John Bryan, one needs to experience it during all four seasons

 

 

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  • Peggy N

    The icy path made the trail more challenging, but a good hike nonetheless! Great to be lutdoors with a very friendly group.

    December 16, 2013

  • Patricia

    Very crunchy and slick but all in all a fun hike. Thanks, Laura!

    December 16, 2013

  • Jim N.

    A great hike! The ice and snow made for few challenges/adventures/falls, but the crowd was a fun one to hike with. Thanks Laura for putting it together this year--and it wasn't really that cold was it?

    For those who asked, the cleats I wear are IceTrekkers Diamond Grip. (Thanks Miryoung for the reminder.) They are available at Great Miami Outfitters, Amazon.com, REI and others. Not sure if they're available at True Heights Outfitters in Beavercreek, but I'm pretty sure they'll order for you.

    December 16, 2013

  • Sathia

    Laura, can you please let me know which trail we'll be taking to head west? I am driving from Findlay and runnng late as it is windy. If I reach late, I'll start in the opposite direction on that trail and join everyone.

    December 15, 2013

    • Sathia

      Very disappointed that I couldn't make it in time. Reached about 25 mins late. Guess it was not meant to be. Would not have been able to catch-up. Hope to meet everyone in one of the hikes later this season.

      December 15, 2013

    • Laura

      Sathia, so sorry we missed you. I hope to meet you at a future hike. We are worth the drive!

      1 · December 16, 2013

  • Laura

    What a great holiday adventure. Thanks to everyone for coming out and celebrating Dayton Hikers and the season on a snowy December day. This hike had it all, including what sometimes resembled ice skating and downhill skiing :-). I hope Santa Claus brings me ice cleats for Christmas! Cheers everyone.

    2 · December 16, 2013

  • Andrew

    Hey Everyone great to hike with you. Thanks for hosting leading this Laura. Wish we could do this more often during the winters. but you know it is winter.

    December 16, 2013

  • Ruth

    Lotsa fun! Thanks, Laura. :)

    December 16, 2013

  • DiAnne D.

    Fabulous hike!! Thank you Laura for planning a great afternoon. Peaches was fun also. And I am so thankful
    For my new yaktraks and trekking poles !

    December 15, 2013

  • Miryoung

    Great hike! Laura, thanks for organizing it again!!!

    December 15, 2013

  • Tristan L.

    Good hike, some ice to keep things interesting

    December 15, 2013

  • Dawn

    I'm swamped with work & I just had my back adjusted. Supposed to take it easy. Good chance cancelling. If someone needs my spot please give it to him/her.

    December 15, 2013

    • Dawn

      Need to go apply moist heat to back. Need to be real. Not going to hike.... even though I wanna

      December 15, 2013

  • Andrew

    has anyone else tried plastic bags in the shoes over the socks to keep dry feet n the snow? although we tend to get sweaty feet too. any ideas here for this snowy hike?

    December 14, 2013

    • Andrew

      Gaiters are ok. just wondering what everyone else uses.

      December 15, 2013

    • Andy N.

      Gaiters, wool socks and boots that don't get wet easily.

      December 15, 2013

  • Guy B.

    Hello Laura. I was unaware of this hike until just now, Rsvps closed but spots open. Would very much like to attend if at all possible.

    December 14, 2013

    • Laura

      Guy, I've added you.

      December 14, 2013

    • Guy B.

      Thanks Laura!

      December 14, 2013

  • Peggy N

    Is anyone going from the Cincinnati area like to carpool? I am near Kings Island.

    December 12, 2013

    • Mary Ann H.

      I sent u a message if u want to ride check your mail

      December 14, 2013

  • Kevin D.

    Sorry to bug out at the last minute Laura... Need to be home earlier than anticipated for another obligation. Hope someone takes my spot. May still hike that day, but earlier. Have fun!

    December 13, 2013

    • Laura

      Kevin, catch you next time. Hope you get out and enjoy the snow.

      December 14, 2013

  • Rick B.

    Sorry to bug out, but schedules have been rearranged.

    December 14, 2013

  • Michelle C.

    Brian and I would both like to come but there's only one RSVP spot left. :)

    December 10, 2013

    • Laura

      Done!

      December 11, 2013

    • Michelle C.

      Laura, I am sorry but I have to change my RSVP. My workload just got very complicated today and I will be working all weekend. :(

      December 13, 2013

  • Tim R.

    I was really looking forward to this hike but have to cancel due to a conflict.

    December 12, 2013

  • Laura

    Hikers, if you are familiar with the parking lot on SR 343 coming into Clifton and are willing to park there and hike over to meet at the Clifton trailhead, please consider! This will free up some space in the lot.

    December 12, 2013

  • Terri

    It's going to be so beautiful hiking out here so my question is Laura will we all be in one Big Group or split into two? Just curious & thanks.

    December 12, 2013

    • Laura

      Terri, we will hike in one fun and festive group, unless Santa shows up to lead a second one.

      1 · December 12, 2013

  • Caprice

    Does anyone have an extra set of hiking sticks I can borrow? I've asked for some for Christmas and trying not to purchase before then?

    December 12, 2013

  • Andrew

    should be fun.

    December 10, 2013

  • Bruce H

    I don't know who's leading this hike but I just responded no then yes to get myself on the bottom of the waiting list. I didn't want to hold up someone else getting a confirmation when I'm not sure I'll be in shape for the Sunday hike. But at the bottom of the list I won't be blocking someone else from going while I ponder my physical condition.

    December 9, 2013

    • Laura

      Hi Bruce, I am leading the hike. I hope you are feeling better soon and can join us on Sunday.

      December 9, 2013

    • Bruce H

      Laura, Thanks

      December 9, 2013

  • Ming

    After a long absence, I just signed up a couple of hikes and was pleasantly surprised to see Laura highlighted one of my old pictures in the description of this hike. After doing a little detective work, I found out that was a picture I took during the first annual holiday hike Laura organized. Wow...didn't realize it has been two years!

    1 · November 24, 2013

    • Laura

      Ming, you take some awesome photos! Meetup has a great feature whereby you can copy a prior event, photos and all. So I didn't have to look far to find great images for this year's event posting. I hope you can make the hike and enjoy some more photo opportunities.

      December 6, 2013

  • Andy N.

    Thank you Laura for scheduling this annual tradition! It is always a good time. I am looking forward to it. Just a fair warning that this hike is posted "as is". This message board is not the place to be grumpy, complain or tell the hike leader how you want the hike led. I will nip any such conversation in the bud and you will find yourself taking a solo hike that day. This hike is for people who wish to celebrate and enjoy the holiday season with a beautiful hike. No grinches (except for me!)

    4 · November 22, 2013

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