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+)

Highbanks Metro Park - Slow Paced Hike

Highbanks Metro Park

We will hike 5 to 6 miles of trail at this park. We will hike at a slow speed of 2 to 2.5 mph and stop for pictures, wildlife or scenic views.

The park is about 1.25 hours from Dayton. Bring your camera, water, hiking shoes or boots, and dress for the weather.

Carpooling: Meet at 8:20 am at Meijers parking lot on 7150 Executive Blvd., Huber Heights, Ohio 45424. This is the store just off Brandt Pike right next to I 70. I drive a grey Toyota RAV4. I will be there at 8:20 am and leave at 8:30 am. I will park closest to Brandt Pike so you can see me.

Description of the park:
Highbanks is named for its massive 100-foot-high shale bluff towering over the Olentangy State Scenic River. Tributary streams cutting across the bluff have created a number of deep ravines in the eastern part of the 1,200-acre park. Ohio and Olentangy shales, often containing outstanding large concretions, are exposed on the bluff face and sides of the ravines.

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

7501 Conservancy Rd

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'll add the optional Bob Siebenthaler loop if the group desires. 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

Taylorsville MetroPark

Bring water and poles

Grant Park Evening Headlamp Hike!

401 Normandy Ridge Rd

I'm anticipating a beautiful but cool autumn evening this coming Monday! Nice weather for hiking in about the mid 40s, but it will be dark before we start. So you may want to BRING A HEALAMP for this hike. You'll also want to wear hiking boots or shoes and bring trekking poles if you have them. Water is a good idea, too. This is a moderately rugged hike in places, and there are places with lots of tree roots, so it's NOT ideal for beginner hikers. We will hike approximately 3.5 miles at about 3 miles per hour. There may also be mud in some places, so you may want to bring an extra pair of shoes for your drive home.

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/

Past events (10,619)

Sunday Moonlit Hike at Caesar Creek, ~4.5 miles

Flat fork Ridge Trailhead

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