This trip will be opened up in groups of 4 attendees as we will need drivers for a carpool. As a driver steps forward I'll open the trip to 4 more people. There will also be a small fee for gas.
If you can drive leave a comment so I can open the trip to additional people.
We'll meet at the Target on Olentangy River Rd - 1717 Olentangy River Rd Columbus, OH 43212 (https://www.google.com/maps/place/1717+Olentangy+River+Rdemail@example.com,-83.0270479,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x88388ef2438cc043:0x9e6d9fdd44216a33) at 6 AM and plan to leave at 6:15. Look for a Black Isuzu Trooper w/parking lights on to the left of main entrance as you're facing the bldg. It takes about an hour to get to Clifton Gorge
We'll hike the beautiful Clifton Gorge (http://trekohio.com/2012/06/08/clifton-gorge-state-nature-preserve/) near yellow Springs in the morning, allowing plenty of time for photo ops and meandering as we walk the lower and upper trails. We'll make a short drive to Yellow Springs followed by lunch and a photowalk (or shopping for those who prefer) in town. Yellow Springs is a very small town which, to me, is a throw-back to the hippy, 60's era (not that i remember it) and has great charm as well as eclectic shops. Oh, and usually lots of (harmless) Harley riders which adds to the charm of this town. We'll head back to Columbus and the Target parking lot no later than 3.
Here's a loose itinerary (subject to change according to my mood) ;o)
6:00-6:15 Meet at Target and depart
7:15 -7:40 Arrive at Clifton Gorge, prep and hit the trail
12:00-12:15 Arrive back at cars and cool down
12:30 Arrive Yellow Springs (10 min drive)
12:30 - 2:45 Lunch and explore the town
3:00 Depart to cBus
4:00 Arrive Target parking lot
I normally don't get too anal when I do these types of trips by myself so as not to feel trapped by a clock. We may take longer at the gorge and shorten up the time at Yellow Springs. We have one car that needs to leave no later than 3 PM so that's the only time that we need to stick to - leaving to head back by 3 PM.
The gorge trail is 2.7 miles one-way. You're not required to walk it all, but the end is near the Clifton Mill and some phenomenal overlooks. Of course we'll have to turn around and walk back (via a different route).
The trail is not overly technical (mostly flat), but decent hiking boots are definitely recommended. I would also recommend a backpack as you will need to carry your camera gear. Water, sunscreen, and a light trail snacks would also be in order. There's no place to get water on the trail unless you want to filter creek water. ;)
If you've never been to Clifton Gorge I would recommend doing some searches on flickr.com (https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=clifton+gorge+ohio), Google Images (https://www.google.com/search?newwindow=1&hl=en&site=imghp&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1329&bih=929&q=clifton+gorge&oq=clifton+gorge&gs_l=img.3..0l7j0i24l3.4013.6469.0.8818.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.931.9j2.11.0....0...1ac.1.42.img..1.12.873.xiTWQxTAC6s), or 500px.com (http://500px.com/search?q=clifton+gorge+ohio) (click any for links). It's a beautiful place and this time of year should be really great as Spring awaken up from a nasty, cold winter and comes alive.