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Octagon Shelter, 3.5 mile - Photo-Hike - Leisure Hike Series-Ledges Area Trails

We will be visiting Pine Grove Trail (1.5 Miles), and Ledges Trail (1.8 Miles) - A total of 3.5 miles with connector trails.  This will be a leisurely stroll around the area, with plenty of opportunities to stop, take pictures and contemplate the beautiful scenery.  These trails are an enjoyable hike through the Virginia Kendall unit of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park – starting at the Octagon Shelter (see map below).

This is a great event for those wishing to take photos as well as those that need hikes that are ideal for beginners or leisure hikers.

10:15 AM - Pine Grove Trail - 1.5 Mile - Leisure Hike with Photo Opportunities of Dogs in Motion (Bark Your Heart Out Hike - hosted by Colleen starts at 10AM), and portrait photos of dogs and their parents, as well as viewing Rock Outcrops and Formations.

11:30 AM - Regroup at Octagon Shelter  - 1.8 Mile - Leisure Hike with Photo Opportunities for those that want to hike Ledges Trail only or Add miles to original hike.  My 10-year old dog will go rest in the car during this segment.  Hiking & Photo areas of interest:

      (1)  Ice Box Cave, and

      (2)  Overlook

Location:  Octagon Shelter - on Kendall Park Road 9/10 of a mile west of Akron-Cleveland Road or about 2 miles east of the intersection of Akron-Peninsula and Truxell roads (Truxell Road turns into Kendall Park Road.) in Boston Heights, OH.

Dogs:  Furry Friends are welcomed on a leash.

Map:  http://www.nps.gov/cuva/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=185812

**Personal Best - - on Sunday, September 15 there will be a 11-mile Leisure Hike with Opt Outs every few miles (9/15/13 - 9:30 AM).  We will be starting with these trails at Octagon Shelter.   Start now to build up your endurance. 

Dress & Weather:  Because it is February, expect the trails to be and/or have: snow, icy patches, muddy and/or slushy areas and maybe a patch or two of solid ground. This is typical of what ALL the trails are during this time of year.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    It was good to see everyone!

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a lot of fun & everyone was really nice :)

    February 11, 2013

  • Janet

    Very beautiful area and day - really enjoyed this hike. Great group of people to hike with - hope to see everyone again real soon.

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sandi- thanks for organizing again. Beautiful day, but will be buying spikes after this!

    February 10, 2013

  • Debbie

    A beautiful day for a hike! There were so many interesting photo ops on these trails. Thanks for an A+ morning! =D

    February 10, 2013

  • Mary

    It was a great time ... The Ledges trail had a lot of photographic opportunities. Thanks Sandi for posting this.

    February 10, 2013

  • Mason

    Thanks sandi

    February 10, 2013

  • Wade

    sorry, I have to back out for todays hike

    February 10, 2013

  • Ellie

    Joining the second part.

    February 10, 2013

  • Karen (.

    2 hikes same time will have to pick 1

    February 10, 2013

  • Sandi H.

    Yes Bob - the first part is with the dogs. They will leave about 15 minutes before us. Those that want to take pictures of dogs and scenery can do so at that time. Those of us who want to do a longer hike will be able to join up with us. Thanks for asking.

    February 9, 2013

  • Robert G.

    IIs the first part of this hike the same as "Bark your Heart Out"?
    There both on same trails but one starts at 10:00 and one at 10:15
    If not, I'll be hiking the first park with Bark your heart out" and re-joining group at Octagon shelter

    February 9, 2013

  • Cristina

    Have a Church function to help out with.

    February 9, 2013

  • Ric J.

    Hi! FYI - Ice box cave is off limits due to the bats that are hibernating.

    February 8, 2013

  • Sandi H.

    Hi Kelly - yes yak-traks are great. Get the kind with a strap. You will need them if there is ice or snow on the ground. Boots with good tread works well, too. Yak-tracks work with sneakers and other hiking shoes. But after breaking my ankle last year - you really need to wear something with ankle support.

    February 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    what do people generally have on their feet (yes, I know some sort of hiking boot)- yaktrax or something for these winter hikes? This is quite new to me and I am needing to start investing in winter gear. thx

    February 3, 2013

  • Judi Z.

    Is this a flat area to hike? Need to inquire.......knee is healing. Thanks!

    February 1, 2013

  • Donna

    Forgot - church and then football!!!

    January 31, 2013

  • Virginia

    Hope to make it. Scenic trails!

    January 30, 2013

  • Wade

    this is a fascinating area to see how Mother Nature carved stone

    January 30, 2013

  • Karen (.

    2 hikes same tome will have to pick 1

    January 30, 2013

  • Sandi H.

    Joanne will be joing us also. For 80 years old - she's a great role model for me.

    January 30, 2013

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