Spring Hike

Shed a few ounces of Winter poundage with us on a hike in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We'll be taking the Happy Days/Ledges/Pines Trail- the three trails combine for a scenic 4.3 mile loop.

The trail is officially rated "moderate, with difficult sections"... the "difficult" part probably amounts to a few places with steps. It has also been called "hilly", but the elevation gain is minimal.

Last March, we entered a warm & dry spell at mid-month, but good hiking shoes are essential since we don't know what we'll encounter this year.

There are many interesting stops along this loop trail... rock formations, etc.

Note- parking is across Rt. 303 from the Happy Days Lodge.

"Linner" after the hike will be at Marcelita's Mexican Restaurant in Hudson:

http://www.marcelitas.com/

See you there! :)

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  • Mark T.

    I was pretty close on the age of the ledges rock, but wrong on the type of rock. From Parks website: "Around 320 million years ago, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Virginia Kendall ledges had fast-moving streams from the north and east flowed into an inland sea covering Ohio at that time. The Cuyahoga Valley National Park Ledges are located within the Virginia Kendall Park Area of Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Sand, gravel and quartz pebbles were carried by the water and deposited in a wide delta. After millions of years, this debris in the Cuyahoga Valley National park compacted and became Sharon conglomerate. The milk-white quartz pebbles poking from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Virginia and Kendall Park ledges are tell-tale signs that these ledges, as well as most of the other cliffs in the region that are named ledges, are comprised of Sharon conglomerate."

    April 10, 2013

    • Linas K M.

      Cool, I was there in the fall, probably taking kids there Saturday! The pebbles are from times when the area was a riverbed, and not a shallow ocean/lake, I believe.

      April 10, 2013

    • Sam S.

      About the time Our synapsid ancestors evolved onto our planet.

      May 1, 2013

  • Linas K M.

    Sorry I couldn't join everyone, we had other engagements. Is this otherwise known as Virginia Kendall?

    April 10, 2013

    • Mark T.

      Yep- part of what is known as the Virginia Kendall Unit of CVNP.

      April 10, 2013

  • Dale

    Enjoyable day overall. Nice weather. Fine company. What could be better?

    April 8, 2013

  • Mark T.

    The weather turned out to be perfect for hiking! I thought the trail was gorgeous. Sorry I wasn't able to join you all at Marcelita's after all... Marni brought me some salsa, though :) It was a pleasure to meet Brian, Mike & son!

    April 6, 2013

  • Cloudberry

    Beautiful day, beauty everywhere we looked along the trail.

    April 6, 2013

  • Mark T.

    departing parking lot 1:15pm

    April 6, 2013

  • Dave H.

    Sorry, last minute problems.

    April 6, 2013

  • Ken

    On my way right now!

    April 6, 2013

  • NKC

    Enjoy the sunshine!

    April 6, 2013

  • Ram

    Working today.

    April 6, 2013

  • Mark T.

    Ok, the weather is looking civil at this point- still a bit cool at 50 and partly sunny. Looking for a rough head count for Marcelita's by Friday...

    1 · April 1, 2013

    • Susan H.

      Perfect. I'm bringing a friend

      April 5, 2013

    • Marni T.

      The real is under Mark Tiborsky. I will try to get there by 3:30, in case there are early birds :-)

      April 6, 2013

  • Karl

    Sorry Mark, just noticed your request for a head count for Marcelita's. I'll need one.

    1 · April 6, 2013

    • Marni T.

      You'll need a head? LOL :-)

      April 6, 2013

  • Marni T.

    Dinner only.

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • Ken

    I'd like to go but it's a maybe for me right now.

    April 5, 2013

  • NKC

    Hike and Marcelitas

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry to miss, but I have purchased a ticket for another event on Sat! Have fun; you should have great weather for this.

    April 5, 2013

  • Margot J.

    See you only if it's not pouring rain! LOL!

    April 5, 2013

  • Sam S.

    Sorry folks have to be in Dallas for work this weekend.

    April 3, 2013

  • Cloudberry

    Any chance for moving it to Sunday? Turns out the Cleveland Museum of Art is free on Saturday and I forgot the hike date and said I'd go to the museum...want to go to both!

    April 1, 2013

    • Mark T.

      The Art museum is free every day! :) Except sometimes special exhibits cost a bit. 40% chance of rain on Sunday!

      April 1, 2013

    • Cloudberry

      OK, I was going by what someone else told me. Looks like the hike is on for Saturday and I'm in. Looking forward to it!

      April 1, 2013

  • Brian

    Look forward to it.

    1 · March 31, 2013

  • Ray V

    Dang, hate to miss this!

    March 28, 2013

  • Ram

    Tentative

    March 23, 2013

  • Robyn

    work conflict :(

    March 22, 2013

  • Mark T.

    Let's try Marcelita's Mexican restaurant in Hudson for refueling after the hike. http://www.marcelitas.com/

    March 21, 2013

  • Robyn

    With the new date - tentative

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tentative. May have to dip out early at 3pm if we are still hiking.

    March 20, 2013

  • Dale

    I heard that Farinacci Pizza in Hudson is good. We already tried Zeppi's a few weeks ago.

    March 16, 2013

    • Marni T.

      It looks like all Farinacci's has is pizza, salad and a couple of subs: http://www.farinaccip...­

      March 18, 2013

    • Dale

      Oh... OK. Well there are a lot of good places to eat in Hudson anyway. There's even an Alladin's. I'm sure we can find something unique with a good menu.

      March 18, 2013

  • Nita

    no hike for me. home sick with my throat on fire

    March 15, 2013

    • Marni T.

      Nita, please feel better soon....hot tea with honey and whiskey works well :-)

      1 · March 16, 2013

    • Marni T.

      Nita, hopefully you'll be better for this April hike!

      March 18, 2013

  • Mark T.

    I know at least 2 people didn't get the cancellation emails in time- very sorry about that! I was on 271 S before 11am, heading down to Macedonia meet Monette to go over some CFINO stuff... the rain was coming down pretty hard, and I figured the trails would be a sloppy mess. So I called Marni from the road & asked her to send a cancellation email and to push the hike to same time, same place on 4/6. May the weather deities bestow us with fine weather on the rescheduled date :) Sorry for the inconvenience to those who showed up at Happy Days Lodge!

    March 16, 2013

  • Roni & Elliott B.

    Kids coming in for the weekend. If they're interested, we'll come.
    Roni

    2 · March 16, 2013

  • Marni T.

    Please note, this is a new date for the hike, and all we're doing on 3/16 is having Linner at Zeppe's at 3pm :-) - see new meetup scheduled!

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • Cloudberry

    April 6th! Can do!

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • Cloudberry

    Not feeling well.

    March 16, 2013

  • Cloudberry

    Second night of almost no sleep. Kleenex box nearby. I'm afraid I have to skip this hike and say a weak tentative for linner at Zeppe's. Heading back to bed for now.

    March 16, 2013

  • Susan H.

    Ugh. I got no sleep last night because I didn't feel well. I don't think I can do a hike, but if you are still meeting at Zeppe's later, I may be able to do that. I'm disappointed, but exhausted.

    March 16, 2013

  • Marni T.

    Dinner only!

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • Karl

    Sorry, decided against the wet weather. Hope to see you all at a future meetup.

    March 16, 2013

  • Ram

    Working today so have to cancel. Happy hiking! :-)

    March 16, 2013

  • Linas K M.

    Sorry, my kids won't last through it... :( Not in this weather. Not happily at least!

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still a bit too dizzy.. Especially if this is a hilly hike.

    March 16, 2013

  • Mark T.

    Ok, it looks like we'll be intrepid! Hike is on (but please check the comments here tomorrow late morning to make sure. Bundle up everyone, and appropriate footwear is a must! I'd like to get an approximate head count for Zeppe's (no, Dale, it's not the carry out chain)- I'm going to tell them to be ready for a bunch at 3:30 to 4pm. Here is Zeppe's address: 5843 Darrow Rd., Hudson

    March 15, 2013

    • Mark T.

      Correction for Dale- I just called and Zeppe's Bistro is indeed affiliated with the chain, however they have an expanded menu and many of their offerings are of their own recipe.

      March 15, 2013

    • Susan H.

      I'll meet at Zeppe's.

      2 · March 15, 2013

  • Mark T.

    Forecast from TWC says snow showers early, then peeks of sun in the afternoon- high 32. One one hand, although we would obviously have to shorten the hike to avoid any areas w/slippery stairs etc, peeks of sun with some snow on the ground might make for a lovely (but nippy) hike. On the other, this is a beautiful area and I feel like we might better enjoy it if we pushed this meetup ahead either 2 or 3 weeks (either 3/30 or 4/6) and make it same time, same place. Not to mention- I really don't want anyone to have to drive through snowy conditions to come to a meetup (although they're not calling for anything too terrible- 1 to 3 inches overnight into early Saturday). What does everyone think- shall we push it ahead (back?)

    1 · March 15, 2013

    • Marni T.

      Sorry, Nancy, we have a meeting to attend beforehand, and we're going right from there.

      March 15, 2013

    • Marni T.

      Susan, we're still on!

      March 15, 2013

  • Robyn

    We are out for dinner and maybe in for coffee something after. I came down with bad stomach flu that has been making the rounds at my work this week. Guess my number was up. :( We'll see how I'm feeling.

    1 · March 13, 2013

    • Robyn

      Thanks Mark! I'm getting there - this year's bug is one I would not wish on anyone! Sanitize your hands folks!!!

      2 · March 15, 2013

    • NKC

      Robyn, So true!

      March 15, 2013

  • Cloudberry

    Also, I'm doing battle with another cold---my children brought it home last weekend, and they've been blowing their noses all over the house. So far I'm OK, but starting to feel iffy. Taking extra Vitamin C and hoping to be all right, because the hike looks like so much fun and I miss all you guys!

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • Cloudberry

    Maybe we could choose another weekend as a rain date? I don't have proper hiking boots, and what I have will get soaked pretty fast if it's wet or muddy...meaning that depending on the weather, I may have to bail.

    March 15, 2013

  • Monette R.

    Tentative, depending on weather

    March 15, 2013

  • Susan H.

    I just joined today. I think I'd like to try this hike.

    2 · March 14, 2013

    • Mark T.

      We look forward to meeting you, Susan!

      March 14, 2013

  • Robyn

    Also there are all the restaurants at the First and Main complex in Hudson. Several to choose from! Plus ice cream/froz yogurt shops and coffee shops within same complex if you wanted dessert or beverages after linner.

    1 · February 16, 2013

    • Robyn

      FYI - Zeppe's Pizzeria & Italian Bistro in Hudson has GF pizza. They also have wheat pizza and regular too. GF pizza avail in sausage, pepperoni and extra cheese. Just food for thought! www.zeppesbistro.com

      1 · March 9, 2013

    • Dale

      Zeppe's? Isn't that the stuff usually found in malls? As I recall, not that great. There are so many other great places to eat in that area.

      March 14, 2013

  • Brian

    Look forward to it, will have thermals and hat ready.

    March 14, 2013

  • Sam S.

    Nickie Antonio canceled her meeting. So I'm in. This place is f'n awesome.

    1 · March 13, 2013

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