The Chippewa Creek Trail is one of the most picturesque and adventuresome in the local area. Downstream from the Chippewa Creek George Scenic Overlook the creek has sculpted a path through the rocks surrounding it.
We'll be hiking the "opposite" side of the river this side, starting by walking across the bridge near the trailhead and approaching from that side. On the way back, depending on the company, we may split: some on the trail, some on the river. Both ways lead back to the parking lot (though the river is bound to take a bit more time).
Total distance is expected to be around 3 miles.
Where to meet
The trailhead is located at the parking lot for the overlook, at the intersection of Chippewa Rd and Chippewa Creek Drive. Should the lot be full, you can park at the Brecksville Shopping Center (a little ways up the hill on 82), the plaza directly across the street, or at the Harriet Keeler Area Parking Lot a little further down Chippewa Creek Drive.
Dogs are welcome on this hike.
Group hiking ethic
Here are some of the basic safety protocols our group will practice while on the trail:
- Since the pace of the group is dictated by it's slowest member, we will take periodic rest stops, waiting until everyone's breathing has returned to normal before continuing on.
- Group size will be limited to a manageable number. For a single leader, expect hikes to be limited to ~12 people. For hikes with multiple leaders present, this may increase (one leader will take "sweep", acting as the tail).
- The head of the group should usually be within visual distance of the tail. If the group is too "strung out", leader will call for the head to wait so we can gather again. If another leader is acting as tail, we may allow a bit more "stretch" to the group.
- We will stop and gather at all trail branchings and intersections, regardless of the number of leaders present.
- We will not abandon you, or leave you behind.