What we're about

Welcome to the Dayton Hikers group! We are a community of people who enjoy hiking and outdoor activities. Joining Dayton Hikers is fast, free and easy. We don’t have dues, meetings, officers or a newsletter.

Come hike with us and meet other people who share a love for hiking! All interested people are welcome to join whether you are a beginner hiker or a seasoned backpacker. Most members are from the Dayton region but anyone is welcome to join.

We don't lead drop-in hikes for the public. You must be a member. For how Dayton Hikers operates please visit: https://daytonhikers.com/faq/

By attending any events you agree to our waiver of liability: https://daytonhikers.com/waiver/ (https://daytonhikers.com/faq/)

We are all about getting exercise, making friends, exploring nature, living a healthier lifestyle and making our community a better place to live!

Live To Hike … Hike To Live

Andy Niekamp

Group Organizer

Dayton, Ohio - The Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest!

Upcoming events (4+)

Morning wake up

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Bring your poles and drinks

Volunteer: Help Build The Spotted Turtle Trail

Needs a location

Volunteer for the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association and help build The Spotted Turtle Trail our region's newest 15-mile trail.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, we need volunteers from 9:00 a.m. until noon to help build a boardwalk in Dave Nolin Wetland Reserve for phase 2 of the Spotted Turtle Trail Project. Be part of an epic journey! No experience is needed.

Tools & Gear Needed

  • Ear plugs and dust mask provided. Bring your own if you prefer.
  • Vision protection also advised.
  • Gloves, water, long pants, bug spray, sunscreen for your protection.
  • Bring battery operated drill drivers if you have them. We will have some extra on site.

Recommended What To Wear and Bring:

  • Long sleeves and long pants
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Work and/or Rubber boots
  • Hat for sun
  • Work gloves

DIRECTIONS TO THE MEETUP LOCATION: Meet at the end of South Deer Hollow Trail, Beavercreek. From Fairground Road, turn south on Heatherwood Trail, then turn right on South Deer Hollow Trail. Park in the neighborhood. CAUTION! Do not turn on NORTH Deer Hollow Trail directly off Fairground Road. That is a different road.

Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/JCqNhwpf57EnHZaY7


Please download, print, sign, and bring this waiver and volunteer agreement with you: https://daytonhikers.com/BCWA-Liability-Waiver.pdf

These waivers are good for one year. If you have already one completed for 2022 then you are good for the rest of the year.

Any questions? Contact Beth at [masked]

1pm start time: Germantown MetroPark Hike 7-8 miles - Moderately Brisk

We'll hike the beautiful Germantown MetroPark on the "classic" 7.1 mile Orange trail. The "classic" route is the original route of the Orange trail, which excludes the newly opened mostly prairie section. If muddy, which is often the case, we'll hike the roughly parallel Yellow, Green, and Pink trails. We will likely add the optional Bob Siebenthaler loop. Wear hiking boots or trail running shoes.

The pace should be approximately[masked] MPH (18-20 min/mile). This is not a slow pace. If the pace is too fast for you, please be prepared to hike on your own back to your car. Please arrive before the start time so we can begin hiking at the scheduled time.

Bring water and a snack if desired. We will stop briefly at the Welcome Center facilities. If your plans change please update your RSVP.

Please note that some GPS units in cars will not route you properly to the start of the hike. Instead, in the Meetup app for the hike, tap the Google icon and follow the routing.

The Legal Stuff: The event host is just a fellow volunteer, not your hiking guide 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/

Monday nights in the jungle

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Bring water and poles

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