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Get rid of your cabin fever -Hike Old Man's Cave, Hocking Hills

FYI: This trail can be strenuous and slippery in icy conditions!

Winter is a great time to visit the Old Man's Cave/Cedar Falls area. Depending on weather conditions leading up to the day, the ice formations can be awesome, so bring a camera!

You should dress for the weather, and bring water and a snack - these hikes always take longer than you think due to the up and down parts. Some parts are strenuous and the ice can make for slippery footing, so please consider your physical capabilities before signing up. I'm serious - last year was so icy there were parts where we could barely move!

I'm going to invest in some of those Ice Cleat boot covers you just slip on over your shoes - there are a number of brands out there (e.g. Yaktrax, Get-A-Grip, etc.) Something to consider - then we will be better Ice Hikers. We will plan to hike Old Man's Cave, then take the Buckeye/Grandma Gatewood trail to the bottom of Cedar Falls, then go up to the top of Cedar Falls and take the Gorge Overlook trail back.

 

Total distance around 6 miles.

We will meet at the Giant Eagle in the SE part of town at 9:30am for carpooling purposes. The trip from there should take about 1 hour 15 minutes. Click here for directions.

If you plan to go straight there, meet before 11:00am at the Old Man's Cave trailhead by the Welcome Center/bathroom area. After we'll hit up the local BBQ place for some well-deserved food! It's very easy to find, on our way back to 33 on 664, just before 33 there is a road that runs parallel to 33. Turn left on this road (Lake Logan Rd), and then the first right on Grey St to the Millstone BBQ: Click here for Directions... millstonebbq.com

Adventure at your own risk!

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  • ben

    David....Thank you so much for taking and posting the awesome pictures!

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • ben

    I'm leaving in a few mins...please call so we don't wait on you.....otherwise we'll leave at 9:45 from Giant Eagle...614-[masked]

    February 15, 2014

  • ben

    My Phone is[masked], but I dont' text you'll have to call. We'll be in the south east end of the parking lot (if you come out of the store - go towards the far right corner of the parking lot). I've seen recent pics of the ice down there its gorgeous now...

    February 15, 2014

  • Hanqing Q.

    Giant eagle is so big, where should I meet people? I did not receive any phone number.

    February 14, 2014

  • Hanqing Q.

    Anyone from New Albany area?

    February 13, 2014

  • Joshua H.

    Anyone attending from the Dublin area? Bethel and Sawmill rd?

    February 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone driving from OSU / Clintonville area? I don't own a car. I can get a car2go car, but seems silly to potentially pay for it the whole day, and leave it parked in SE Columbus all day...I'd rather get a ride, and contribute to someone else's gas costs...

    February 12, 2014

    • Mike

      I'm driving from Clintonville. I'll send you a message...

      February 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, I can rent from OSU Adventure Rec. Center for $7/day or $15/weekend. I think only people affiliated with OSU can do this though... don't know if there are other snowshoe rental places around?

    February 10, 2014

    • ben

      YOU..will look like a true arctic explorer!

      February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wonder if we might want to consider using snowshoes, if it is still snowy (e.g. if this warmer weather doesn't continue and melt all of the snow)? I don't own any, but I can rent from OSU, I think...am going to look into it.

    February 10, 2014

  • Matt

    If snow is a problem in the cave area a nice walk to airplane rock area is nice.

    February 9, 2014

  • Matt

    I have been to Millstone many times and always enjoy this establishment. I maintain a farm in Hocking County and enjoy the area.

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Hanqing Q.

    If It is not snow.

    February 9, 2014

  • martin

    If work permits

    February 8, 2014

  • ben

    Hopefully there will be no Snowpacolypse to stop us this time...

    1 · February 5, 2014

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