The first hike we will kick off with is the Oxbow trail in Cascade Valley. Take a look at the map to ensure you're familiar with this parking area. Folks easily get confused as to where we are meeting because the Cascade Park run's for several miles and there are 5 main areas, Lock, Oxbow, Chuckery, North, and Overlook. Chuckery, Lock, and Oxbow have multiple areas for parking in each.
Oxbow is a great trial that metro parks rates as a C for Basic which means it is just above primitive. So there are generally no shelters but usually always have bathroom facility. Dog and children are welcome for all hikes unless specified. The Siberling Nature Realm is one that restricts and does not allow pets.
The Metro Parks also rates this weeks hike as a 2 which means moderate. There are a few hikes that I may rate differently as one of the other leaders may. The gorge trail is rated a three but there are other possible routes we can take to avoid the most difficult section. for anyone that may be affected by what lies ahead. The gorge we can actually get the miles in and do a easy or moderate hike. The most difficult part of the gorge trail lies at the far end of the trail there are a lot of roots and rocks to traverse.
Should be another great year for the Metro Parks Fall Hiking Spree. I Look forward to seeing old friends and making new.