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+)

Bill Yeck Holiday Afternoon Hike! - SMITH HOUSE ENTRANCE

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Work off those holiday calories from burgers, chips, hotdogs, and lots of sweet treats in advance! Join me at Bill Yeck for an afternoon holiday hike! Feel free to wear your red white and blue if it pleases you. I don't expect a great deal of mud on the trails, but you might still want to wear hiking boots or hiking shoes for this hike. The pace for this hike will be about 3 mph on somewhat hilly and rugged terrain for approximately 4ish miles. There will also be some creek crossings using large rocks. If the water levels are high, I've got an alternate route planned. You may want to bring trekking poles, and a change of shoes for your drive home. Bringing a bottle of water is highly recommended.

COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND OTHER INCIDENTS UPDATE:
Given the uncertainty of our national situation at this time, allowable group size and other stuff is subject to change, depending on advisories from government officials.

  • TAKE THESE PRECAUTIONS * * *
  • Maintain a 6 foot distance from other trail users including at the trailheads and in parking lots.
  • Take photos but remember to "social distance" with your fellow hikers.
  • Don't share food, a water bottle or trekking poles with other hikers.
  • Avoid touching picnic tables, picnic shelter, handrails and anything the public touches.
  • Expect restrooms to be closed, water fountains to be off and trash cans removed.
  • Don't carpool. Avoid public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares.
  • Consider not hiking if you are a member of a high-risk group or are a caregiver.
  • Don't show up for a hike if you are sick or think you might be getting sick.

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/

Monday nights at Taylorsville

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Will be doing 6 miles to 8.5 miles. At a moderate pace. 3 to 3.5 miles. Please call with any questions[masked] Rick

Beat the heat

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Bring water and poles.

8:30 am start time; 3, 6 or more mile Hike at Sugarcreek - Moderately Brisk

8:30am start time.

As this is a fitness hike, please ensure that you are able to meet the pace of approximately[masked] MPH (18-20 min/mile) before you sign up. Please contact me prior to the hike if you are unsure. Meet at the billboard at the trail head directly next to the restrooms. Please arrive early and be ready to hike at the scheduled start time. If you have any questions/need directions or anything I can be reached at[masked]; please text or leave a voicemail.

The pace will usually be moderately brisk (~[masked] mph). This is not a slow pace. We will hike a combination of Sugarcreek trails. Please let me know if you prefer to do the 3 mile option so we can guide you back to the parking lot whenever you desire.

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/

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Beat the heat

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