What we're about

The Dayton Hikers group is the largest and most active outdoor recreation group in the Dayton, Ohio area. 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://www.meetup.com/DaytonHikers/pages/1... (https://www.meetup.com/DaytonHikers/pages/18933878/Hiker_Etiquette/)

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 (5+)

Passport Bonanza!!!

Deeds Point MetroPark

Hike from Deeds Point to Huffman Metropark along the bike path. About 7 miles in 2-2 1/2 hours. Qualify for any 3 Passport stickers from Bike Path, Urban, North Country Trail, Buckeye Trail, Eastwood and Huffman.

Hocking Hills Winter Hike

Ash Cave

My cell is[masked] but you might not be able to get phone reception in the area. Make sure you get there in plenty of time to be ready to hike. YOU MUST BE THERE AT 10:00 TO GET SHUTTLED. Prepare for a lack of electronics. You might want to download a map of the area before you go. Area map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ash+Cave/@39.4078256,-82.564069,13z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x8847c03d11ca6ca5:0x10afe428eb224409!8m2!3d39.3969488!4d-82.5457012 We will meet at the Ash Cave parking lot shelter at 10:00 and shuttle to Old Mans Cave. After the hike, whoever has cars at Ash Cave will give the hikers who have cars at Old Man's Cave a ride. We will be hiking 6 miles at 3mph. It is not a slow pace. If you want to hike 12 miles, meet us at the shelter leading into the Old Man Cave trailhead shortly after 10:00 and hike back to Old Man's Cave from Ash Cave. I am only leading 6 miles. Yaktraxs or ice spikes are REQUIRED if snow or ice is on the ground. Trekking poles are HIGHLY recommended. Dress for the weather. It is better to take layers off than on when hiking in cold weather. Bring water and snacks. There are 15 plus Happy Campers getting cabins at nearby Hope Lake State Park. You might want to get a cabin at and make a weekend out of it. Happy Camper Event link. https://www.meetup.com/HappyCampers/events/258496060/ Embrace the natural beauty of the area. We will hike the most popular of all the Hocking areas, the Old Man's to Ash Cave. This is the most scenic trail in Ohio, especially in the winter. For Trail map: http://www.hockinghillspark.com/Old_Mans_Ca... (http://www.hockinghillspark.com/Old_Mans_Cave.asp) By attending this event you agree to take full responsibility for your own health and safety.

Passport Hike-Tour of Twin Creek

Location visible to members

We’ll hike the Orange, Red, Blue, and Purple trails for about 9.5 miles at a brisk pace. Come prepared to hike, we’ll start promptly at 10 o’clock. Use the address for your GPS, as I’m not sure the pin is dropped in the correct spot. You can make this a 6.5 mile hike by meeting us at 8502 Chamberlain road at about 11:00 am. We can shuttle you back to your car after the hike.

Passport Slow to Moderate Hills & Dale Hike

Location visible to members

Anyone is welcome to join who's interested in enjoying a hike without rushing to the finish line. There will be a restroom/water break. Wear some hiking shoes, bring water and a snack, hiking sticks, and a flashlight. This is a 2-3 mile hike. We will be meeting at the Dogwood Pavilion located on S. Patterson and Park Road. Should you get lost, give me a call. [masked]. If the weather is rainy or snowy, the hike may be canceled.

Past events (6,845)

Passport hike at beautiful Taylorsville Dam

Taylorsville MetroPark - East of Dam Lot

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