Crane Hollow Nature Hike

  • May 10, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Let's enjoy the chance to see a private nature preserve in the Hocking Hills region. This is a slow hike covering about 5 miles. We will meet at the Ellis home at 10am and leave on the hike at 10:15am. We will be stopping to discuss geologic features, flora, and fauna of the hollow. Please bring a bag lunch to eat in the hollow. I also recommend you bring your camera and hiking sticks. The hike limit was set by Crane Hollow, Inc., which means I can't change it.

I am requiring everyone who attends makes at least a $10 donation to Crane Hollow Inc, a non-profit, private operating foundation. Make the check out to Crane Hollow Inc. and mail it to me at PO BOX 271, New Carlisle, OH 45344 by  May 8th to reserve your spot. Your donation is tax-deductible.

I probably won't be accompanying you on this hike because I don't think I will be up to doing this 5 mile hike over challenging terrain. I'm still recovering from breaking my femur in January. Don't worry you will have a guide from Crane Hollow to lead you.

Carpooling: Meet at Meijers parking lot at the intersection of Brandt Pike (Rte 201) and I 70. I will be just begin the gas station. I will be there at 7:35 am and leave at 7:45 am. I have room for 3 extra people in my car and anyone else who wants to volunteer for carpooling can take some other people. It will certainly save us money on gas. I will be driving a tan Prius.

Instructions from our Guide at Crane Hollow:

1.) If you have sturdy waterproof boots or shoes, please wear them. If not, wear sturdy shoes and bring some extra ones to change into for the ride home. Your feet will get wet. We’ll follow old road beds, deer trails and stream beds as we hike. Crane Hollow does not have an organized system of trails. This hike is rated as strenuous due to the Hocking Hills terrain and length of the hike.

2.) Bring your rain gear.

We will hike rain or shine

.  In the case of high winds or dangerous lightning, we may have to cut the hike short or cancel.

3.) Bring a lunch to eat on the trail, snacks, and plenty of water.

4.) As we hike, we will take breaks along the way. Photographs for personal use are permitted.

5.) Restrooms are available at our meeting and ending place, the Ellis home; however facilities do not exist on the preserve itself.

Description of Crane Hollow:

Crane Hollow Inc. invites you to explore this privately owned, dedicated state nature preserve in the heart of the Hocking Hills. Executive Director Heather Stehle will lead the group as we explore everything from the dry ridge tops, massive rock outcrops, and the cool stream valley shaded by majestic hemlocks.

Jane Ann Ellis and her late husband, William Ellis, founded Crane Hollow, Inc. in 1980. Their vision was to establish a permanent, nature preserve for the plants, animals, and natural communities of the Crane Hollow watershed to be used by future generations for enjoyment and scientific study. Thanks to their diligent work, 1,500 acres of the 1,900 acres owned by Crane Hollow, Inc. are now dedicated as a state nature preserve by ODNR, Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.

Thank you in advance for respecting that this is a private residence. Crane Hollow is accessible by permit only and on guided hikes with Crane Hollow employees, partners, or contractors.

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  • Taneha L.

    Even though I have been going to the Hocking Hills region for awhile, I learned much from Heather about the history of the region. I'm very pleased that I went.

    1 · May 12, 2014

  • Darlene

    As Mountain Laurel stated AMAZING !!! Heather is wonderful. She was so intuitive and a pleasure to be with. I loved every site she hiked us to. Thank you

    1 · May 12, 2014

  • Mountain L.

    I didn't hike but I heard the hike was amazing from my fellow hikers. I enjoyed the beautiful scenery from the Ellis home. I will do this hike again next year!

    1 · May 11, 2014

  • Steve

    Great meeting everyone. Thanks to Laurel for setting up the trip. It was worth it!

    2 · May 10, 2014

  • Anne B.

    I was supposed to pick my daughter up from school after her last final today, but she decided to stay one more night, so I'll have to pick her up tomorrow. Add me to the no-show list. I know I'll be missing a wonderful day. Please let them have my donation.

    May 9, 2014

  • Helen M

    I am sorry- I really wanted to do this hike but my allergies are killing me. Please give my donation check to them tomorrow.

    May 9, 2014

  • Mountain L.

    Weather for our hike is 10% to 20% chance of rain with temperatures ranging from the high 60s to the low 70s.

    May 9, 2014

  • Anne B.

    Have you sent the address yet? I haven't received it, so I'm just checking. It looks like we may not get rained on :)

    May 9, 2014

    • Mountain L.

      I just sent it! I will see you there!

      May 9, 2014

  • Anne B.

    I just changed my RSVP to just me - it seems the son won't be hiking the morning after prom. Whodda thought?

    May 8, 2014

  • Steve

    Hi. I am coming from Loveland which is near Cincinnati. I have space in my car if anyone is coming from this area.

    May 8, 2014

  • Mountain L.

    I have received checks today from Anne, Steve, and Helen. I assume the rest of you have already mailed your check so I will check tomorrows mail for Kristina's, Mark's and Darlene's checks. If they aren't there I will have to drop you from the hike.

    May 8, 2014

  • Mountain L.

    Everyone needs to stop injuring themselves! Hike slower to prevent injuries. I hope you all recover quickly! :(

    May 6, 2014

  • Terre D.

    Laurel, I am now not able to attend. During the hike at Hills & Dales I injured my ankle and aggravated it by hiking at Sugar Creek tonight. I am so sorry to have a last minute change. Please keep the donation of $10.00. Thanks so much. Hope to see you soon.

    May 6, 2014

  • Patricia

    I'm going to have to bail- I'm going to have to work saturday and cannot get out of it. Please use my $10 for a donation. I hope you guys post pics, I am very disappointed I will not be joining

    May 6, 2014

  • Steve

    I am leaving from Loveland (near Cincinnati). If anyone is coming from this area I have room in my car.

    May 6, 2014

  • Debby S.

    I hurt my knee last weekend and am not going, this might be too strenuous. My donation can be used for another, or just put in the pot-it sounds like a good place to support.

    May 6, 2014

  • Joe B.

    Can I ride with you? Please put me down for a spot in your car. Thanks ML

    May 6, 2014

  • Mountain L.

    So far I have received checks from Terre, Terry, Tanecha, Judy, Patrica, Joe, and Debby.

    1 · May 6, 2014

  • Steve

    Check is in mail today.

    May 6, 2014

  • Mountain L.

    Please let me know if you wish to carpool with me. I have space for 3 extra people in my car.

    May 6, 2014

  • Anne B.

    The check is in the mail. Thanks.

    1 · May 5, 2014

  • Terre D.

    Check sent Laurel. Thanks

    1 · May 5, 2014

  • Taneha L.

    My check is in the mail today.

    1 · May 5, 2014

  • Mountain L.

    I had to reduce the number of attendees due to the fact we will only have one guide instead of two but we still have one opening for this hike. Please remember your $10 donation check must be received by me by Thursday or you won't be able to attend.

    May 5, 2014

  • Mountain L.

    Just received the following information about our hike from Heather Stehle our guide: We will carpool across the hollow to our starting point for our hike to the "M" and Picnic Rock. This area is a geologically significant section of Crane Hollow with one its tallest waterfalls and a ladder to access interesting Black Hand Sandstone formations.

    1 · May 5, 2014

  • Patricia

    do you think directions via mapquest will be accurate>

    May 2, 2014

    • Mountain L.

      I will be emailing everyone directions and the address for Crane hollow on early Friday the 9th.

      May 2, 2014

  • Mountain L.

    I changed the date I need payment by from May 2nd to May 8th to give everyone time to get their payment in. I won't be able to do the hike myself but I will be there to turn in everyone's checks and say hello. I am still recovering from breaking my femur in January.

    1 · May 2, 2014

  • Darlene

    I am a definite. Do I have to send you the money or can I give it to you on saturday

    April 29, 2014

    • Mountain L.

      I request the money before hand because when I didn't everyone would forget their checkbooks or cash and I was left holding the bag so to speak.

      April 29, 2014

    • Darlene

      Okay will get it in mail tomorrow or Saturday

      May 2, 2014

  • Mountain L.

    Don't forget to mail your $10 donation to me at Mountain Laurel's Retreats, PO Box 271, New Carlisle, OH 45344. Make the checks out to Crane Hollow Inc.

    April 29, 2014

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