Buckeye Trail Winter Hike - Group 4
Length: 7 miles
Duration: 3 hours
Expected Pace: Moderate
Guests Permitted?: Yes. One guest max.
Passport Hike: Caesar Creek and Buckeye Trail
Hike Description: This hike description has been modified but is still an out and back. Once we have dropped off our "Pot-Luck" at the Visitor Center we'll CAR-POOL a short distance to the Flat Fork Parking Lot to avoid hiking along the dam road. There we will form a phalanx to cross the road to intercept the Buckeye Trail where we'll transition into a column to hike a loop in Caesar Creek Gorge. After climbing (what's a hike without at least one 150 foot elevation gain) back out of the gorge we'll sortie by fours back across the dam road to the Flat Fork lot where we'll re-group, ensure no stragglers have been left and proceed using the Perimeter, Horseshoe Falls, Cove, and Peninsula Trails. The return will be slightly different routing but on standard designated trails. At Flat Fork Picnic area we'll re-establish the mechanized convoy and drive back to the Visitor Center for some really tasty food.
You will return from this hike in time for the potluck dinner at 2:00pm.
Map Link To Visitor Center: https://goo.gl/maps/2LTGm
Dress: Dress for the weather! Dress in layers. Boots, hat, gloves, scarf, windbreak layer, and layers for upper and lower body. Wool, silk and synthetic fibers are best. Avoid cotton.
Hiking Gear: Bring appropriate winter hiking gear including trekking poles, gaiters, boot traction devices (YakTrax), day pack, snacks and water.
Potluck Feast Info: Sign up for the potluck feast afterwards and bring a dish to share. Link: https://www.meetup.com/DaytonHikers/events/258732692/
About Caesar Creek State Park: Caesar Creek State Park is highlighted by clear blue waters, scattered woodlands, meadows and steep ravines. The 3,741-acre park offers some of the finest outdoor recreation in southwest Ohio including boating, hiking, camping and fishing.
Park Map: http://www.daytonhikers.com/Caesar-Creek-State-Park-Trail-Map.pdf
The Legal Stuff: The event hosts are just fellow member volunteers, not your hiking guides or guru. By participating in this event, you assume all risks of liability and injury inherent in hiking activities. You are responsible for your own safety and for determining if you are in a condition fit to participate. If you have any doubts, you should consult your doctor. You are also responsible for knowing and abiding by all laws and hiking rules during your participation on this hike. By participating in this event you agree to the Dayton Hikers legal waiver here: https://daytonhikers.com/waiver/
Waiver: By participating in this event you are hiking at your own risk and agree to the Dayton Hikers waiver at: https://daytonhikers.com/waiver/