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15 Mile Hike at Mohican State Park

This is a joint Meet-Up with the Central Ohio Hikers and Backpackers.
This is one of my favorite hiking trails in Ohio.

This is one of my favorite hiking trails in Ohio. I'm hoping this date will be in the middle of the peak fall colors.

Link to area and hiking trail map:

http://www.mohicanstatepark.org/other%20files/mohican%20state%20park%20map.pdf

The following is the route we took last time, but I may change it up so the easier portion is towards the end of the hike.
Start at the top of Pleasant Hill Dam, walk down the hill to the trail along the river to the Covered Bridge.  There are restrooms here if anyone needs them. We will continue along this side of the river into the campground and follow it to the Hemlock Gorge trail, which we will take until we get to another campground. We will take the Upper Hemlock Trail loop and then take a small snack break at the campground shower house. I believe these will be open and there are restrooms and sinks where you could potentially refill your water if needed. We'll then cross the road bridge and hop on the bike trail to the right. When we get close to the hiking trail we will do a short (10 feet) bushwhacking hike and get on that. This will put us on the Big Ass hill. Once we hike these two hills we will wait for the rest of the group to catch up and catch their breath. We will continue to the Fire Tower where we will take another short break. Then it is mostly downhill till we get to the bridge once again. Then on to Big Lyon Falls, Little Lyon Falls, and back to the dam.

The total distance for this hike should be just short of 15 miles. This is a moderate hike, so be prepared to hike at a 2.5 mph speed. You'll want to be sure to have good hiking shoes or boots. It should take approximately 6-7 hours to complete. Be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks, and dress according to the weather. We'll hike rain or shine. If you do not bring a least 2 litters of water I will ask you to not hike with us. I know this sounds a bit extreme, but I have had people hike a shorter version of this last year with us and had to give up my supply of water. Please do not be that person.

For those that like to know, there is a restroom at the Dam parking lot. The next restrooms will be at the Covered Bridge, then at the Campgrounds, and then again at the Covered bridge when we pass it the second time. There is water available at the campgrounds. But this IS well water and some people don't like the taste of that (It does have a very strong sulfur odor). So make sure to account for whether you will refill or carry all the water you will need.

After the hike, we will eat somewhere nearby. This, of course, is optional for those who like to be social. :-)

Most likely it will be at the El Campesino Restaurante Mexicano. They seem to be able to handle large crowds fairly easy.

80 W. W. Hanely Road, Mainsfield, OH 44903  [masked]

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  • Cathy P.

    Thanks Dave, for an awesome hike!

    October 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jake and I are on our way!!! Favorite hike of the year...sky is clear and leaves are perfect...see all of you soon!!! :)

    1 · October 20, 2013

    • Cathy P.

      Nice to see you again Wendy.

      October 22, 2013

  • Kristin O.

    Great hike, thanks Dave! Sorry to be anti-social again near the end but I was ready to call it a day...the hike did me in :)

    1 · October 21, 2013

    • Dave K.

      Haha. I figured you wanted to get done with the hike at that point. :)

      October 21, 2013

  • Kathy M N

    It was a fun group! Great time and great weather!

    2 · October 21, 2013

  • Dave K.

    What a great group of people we had today from both groups.

    2 · October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a GREAT day!! Hope everyone made it home safely! Have a great week! :)

    1 · October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Driving all the way from sandusky...might just reach at exact 11 am

    October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My guest cannot make it, But i am, See you all soon/there! :)

    October 20, 2013

  • Dave K.

    Just a reminder for those that may not be used to longer hikes or at least hikes that require a bit of a car ride home. Bring a complete change of clothes. You never know if you take a header into a mud puddle, or into the river for that matter. The ride home is SOOOOO much nicer in dry, comfortable clothes and shoes.

    October 19, 2013

  • Manal

    Might not be able to make it tomorrow!

    October 19, 2013

  • Cathy P.

    Manal +1 is in for the hike! I'll be driving my daughter back to school on Sunday. Have a great time! wish I could make this one.

    October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to ride with someone

    October 14, 2013

  • Chuck

    Camping at Findlay State Park with my granddaughter. Have fun.

    October 14, 2013

  • Pat

    had some surgery, so I'm out. :(

    October 14, 2013

  • Pat

    just did 12 so I think by 10/20 I should be good for this!

    1 · August 12, 2013

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