- Beautiful Moonlit Hike at Flat Fork/Caesar Creek, 4.5 milesFlat fork Ridge Trailhead, Waynesville, OH
Please bring a headlamp for this hike. This hike is cross-posted on other Meetup groups. Let's get out and enjoy a beautiful evening hike. We will hike about 4.5 miles at a moderate/brisk pace around 3 mph. The hike has some hills with a couple of short steep sections. There could be some muddy trails so you may want to bring an extra pair of shoes. I do not recommend this hike for beginners. You may want to bring water and trekking poles.
Participate at your own risk. The Legal Stuff: Your hike leader is just a fellow member volunteer. By participating in this hike, 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 park rules during your participation on this hike. In order to be a member of this group and to attend Dayton Hikers events you must read and agree to the group's legal waiver at: Legal Waivers Page https://www.meetup.com/DaytonHikers/pages/Legal_Waiver/
- 8:30am start time, Half Marathon Caesar Creek Hike - Moderately BriskCaesar Creek Lake Visitor Center, Waynesville, OH
Start time: 8:30am. As a courtesy to the other hikers, please arrive 5-10 minutes early so we can begin hiking at the scheduled time. Thank you.
3.0-3.5 MPH, moderately brisk pace. Caesar Creek Perimeter Trail +. We will start at the Visitor Center, then hike the Perimeter Trail in a clockwise direction (so we hike the hills first). We should end up hiking around 13.1-13.5 miles, which includes either the Gorge Trail or portions of the red/blue/green trails, taking us to more views of the lake. Or, if the group desires, we may optionally do both, for 14.5 miles.
Dogs are permitted with leashes no longer than 8 feet, per park guidelines.
The pace should be approximately 3.0-3.5 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 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.
This is a difficult hike due to the terrain - full of roots, rocks, and little tree stumps - all perfect for tripping on. It is also absolutely incredible due to the beautiful lake, rope bridge, rock face, and the quaint pioneer village we traverse though and the super cool people who participate in this hike.
Please bring an adequate amount of water and/or electrolytes based on temperature as well as a snack. We'll stop briefly 6 miles from the start and at Pioneer Village to eat and hydrate. We will meet at the Caesar Creek beautiful Visitor Center where they have clean rest rooms. If you have any questions please feel free to message me through meet up or text me at 937 287 7434. Happy Hiking! Jim
- Awe Walk: The Trail at Dusk - Bill Yeck Park- ROOKS MILL ENTRANCE8798 Rooks Mill Ln, Washington Township, OH
This event is offered and hosted by Centerville-Washington Park District. Please note the meeting location is the Rooks Mill Entrance to Bill Yeck Park. Registration is requested at https://www.cwpd.org/. Here are the details:
Wednesday, February 21
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Rooks Mill Entrance
8798 Rooks Mill Ln.
Wander along the brown trail for this self-guided hike that encourages you to focus outward and notice the little things we often miss. Staff will be at the beginning of the trail to provide you with prompts for your walk. This is a Tools to Trek Program.
This hike takes place on a natural path.
Registration is requested; walk-ups are welcome.
FIRST-TIME REGISTRANTS: If you are a Centerville/Washington Township resident, please enter Dayton as your city when creating an account. The system WILL NOT recognize you as a resident if you enter Centerville or Washington Township as your city.
- Carriage Hill MetroPark HikeCarriage Hill Metropark, Shelter: Redwing/Parking Lot, Dayton, OH
This hike will be moderately brisk/fast (3.5 ) and we will do Orange trail and lake loop to complete 4.1 miles. The trail is all terrain with Prairie and Woods, but mostly flat.
Note: This trail tends to be muddy!
Welcome to Dayton Hikers. If you can't add a +1 then guests are not permitted. Have your friend join Dayton Hikers and sign up. Check this out: https://daytonhikers.com/faq/
- Pre-Spring Wednesday Evening Cox Arboretum Hike!Cox Arboretum MetroPark, Dayton, OH
Longer days, warmer weather, and living on the prediction of Groundhog Phil that we're having an early spring this year. Wednesday will actually feel like spring given the fact we should be in the mid 50s by the time this hike starts. A partly cloudy sky means we might get treated to a nice sunset during this hike, too. There could possibly still be a patch or two of the white stuff still on the ground by Wednesday, but I don't expect a lot of mud. That being said, you'll still likely want hiking boots or hiking shoes and a headlamp or flashlight, though I suspect we'll get done while it's still dusk. The plan is to hike about 3 - 3.5 miles at a moderate pace of around 3mph. There are some hills, but none of them are especially demanding. Hiking shoes or hiking boots are recommended. You may also like a change of shoes for your drive home.
The Legal Stuff: Your hike leader is just a fellow member volunteer. By participating in this hike, 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 park rules during your participation on this hike. In order to be a member of this group and to attend Dayton Hikers events you must read and agree to the group's legal waiver at: Legal Waivers Page https://www.meetup.com/DaytonHikers/pages/Legal_Waiver/
- Medlar Bike Path Hike - 4.5 MilesMedlar Conservation Area, Miamisburg, OH
With the already muddy trails at a lot of the local parks and the expected rain on Thursday, let’s get out and hike through the Medlar Conservation area on the bike path. The pace will be 2 3/4 mph. The entire route is on a paved surface so wear comfortable footwear. You won’t need hiking boots. If you’ve never been here before, YOU NEED TO CHECK THIS HIKE OUT!!
We will hike from the Medlar trailhead down to the first road crossing near the Great Miami River with an option to do another 1/4 mile down to the river and retrace our steps back to the cars. If we do the option, then it will be 5 miles total.
About Medlar: Located in Miami Township, Medlar Conservation Area protects 416 acres containing mature woods, fields, shrub-scrub habitat, a pond, and a number of created wetlands, preserving some of the last quality open space in this part of Montgomery County
About Medlar: https://www.metroparks.org/places-to-go/medlar/
Dayton Hikers FAQs: https://daytonhikers.com/faq/
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/
- Yellow Springs to Caesars Creek - Part 1 of 3, Moderately Brisk, Often Off-TrailNarrows Reserve Canoe Launch, Xenia, OH
Start time 9:30 am at the Narrows Reserve Canoe Launch (2641 Indian Ripple Rd, Xenia OH). Note this is the Narrows Reserve Canoe Launch which has a better situated parking lot, not the nearby Narrows Reserve Nature Center. This is the end point of the hike, but please meet here so we can be sure of our numbers and know how many cars to shuttle to the start and how many we’ll need at the end. Please be punctual so we can start our hike on time. From there we will shuttle some cars to the start point at Jacoby Road Canoe Launch (799 Jacoby Rd, Xenia OH). Note: this is the southern-most point of the “Yellow Springs Comprehensive” hike done in November and January – in effect this is a continuation of that hike.
This is Part 1 of 3 of a ~40 mile Yellow Springs to Caesars Creek exploratory route. In Part 1, we will hike ~13 miles at a Moderately Brisk pace (~2.5 - 3.0 mph) along the Little Miami River. This is not a real trail, so level of effort might be more than 2.5-3.0 mph would indicate. Our route will be an eclectic mix of trails, road, fields, private property, and parkland. There will be several sections of bushwhacking, and also 4 river or stream crossings. The first two crossings are typically ankle deep, the 3rd requires walking across a downed tree, and the last one near the end is typically about knee deep. Prepare to either bring water shoes you can change into/out of or prepare to have wet feet. Due to the terrain, I expect approximately 5.0-5.5 hours of hiking, plus shuttle time on each end. I will bring some liquid refreshments to share at end of hike. Additionally, we will have the option to go to either Southern Ohio Brewing which is near the end point, or to any of several available establishments in the Yellow Springs area after shuttling back to the start.
Note: if we have substantial rain prior to or forecast during the hike, I may postpone this hike as in that case the river crossings would be less pleasant.
- 5 Mile Hike at Bill Yeck Park - Smith House EntranceBill Yeck Park, Centerville, OH
Let's get out and hike about 5 miles at Bill Yeck Park. The pace of this hike will be moderate/brisk (about 3.0 mph). We will meet at the Smith House entrance and begin right at 9am.
There are a few hills and creek crossings, so sturdy waterproof shoes and hiking poles are recommended. There will be mud on the trails and the creek water could be high and/or icy. If the creek is too high I will re-route for safety. Bring plenty of water and dress for the weather.
The Legal Stuff: Your hike leader is just a fellow member volunteer. By participating in this hike, 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 park rules during your participation on this hike.
- Saturday Morning @ Sycamore State ParkSycamore State Park Equestrian Camp, Dayton, OH
Hike the Heron Run and Ghost Hedge trails along Wolf Creek on a hopefully sunny morning. Mostly level to rolling, though it gets a bit hilly on the western side. There are stairs and some low hills (we will be going down the stairs, not up). We will be crossing roads and hiking on pavement near the end of the hike. At the start we will briefly be sharing the trail with a bridle path. Time is about 1 hour & 50 minutes at a moderate to slow pace (the longer I hike the slower it gets). This is a good trail for newer hikers who want to hike longer but nothing too hilly or rugged.
Landscape is brush and woods, with some bluffs overlooking Wolf Creek and a small pine grove off the Heron Run trail.
- Every Trail MetroPark Challenge Series #10 - Englewood MetroParkEnglewood MetroPark West Park, Vandalia, OH
Hike Description: We will hike all of the color-coded and non-color-coded trails in the park. This park has a few hills, can be quite muddy, and will include some bike trail walking. Trekking poles are encouraged. We will hike about 8 1/2 miles with a couple of short pauses or a break, depending on the temperature. Since the terrain is a bit hilly, you can plan to hike at 2.5-3 mph.
PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE MEETING LOCATION - THIS IS NOT THE MAIN ENTRANCE. Put the address in your GPS and not the name of the park.
What You Need: You need sturdy shoes; hiking shoes or boots are recommended. Trekking poles are encouraged; they will help you get up a hill, assist with balance, and take a bit of pressure off the knees. Check out our local hiking stores or sporting goods store for trekking poles. A pack with water is encouraged.
Meeting Start Time: Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before the posted start time because we leave promptly. Look up the shelter listed on a Five Rivers MetroParks map so you know specifically where we are meeting. Problems? Make sure you have someone’s cell phone so you can call!
Cancelations: You will be notified via Meetup if any hike has to be rescheduled due to weather or hike leader illness. However – we do not cancel easily! We will hike in the snow, in mild rain, in below freezing temps, in windy weather, but will not hike in blizzard conditions, in freezing rain, and we may have to move the time to a bit earlier/later for the roads to clear or to beat bad weather. We have hiked in -20 wind chills and folks had to take off layers they were so warm. Do not let a little cold and snow scare you! We have the best memories from the coldest hikes.
Your Hike Leaders: Brian and Michelle Coleman, members of Dayton Hikers since 2009; we are avid hikers, backpackers, cyclists, and teachers. We have hiked all of the MetroParks more than a half dozen times. We not only hike in the Dayton area, but we just completed our 5th pilgrimage walking on the Camino Frances in Spain. You can see more about that by checking us out at cruisinwiththecolemans.com
The Every Trail MetroPark Challenge: This is a hiking series where we will hike every trail, both color-coded and non-color coded (minus the bridle and mountain biking trails) in each of the 19 Five Rivers MetroParks of Dayton. We will start with the shorter trails and build to longer hikes. The goal is to hike every trail and earn a cool patch!
Completing the Challenge: You are responsible for logging your own hikes and submitting one hiking log once you have completed the challenge. We do not track your completion. You can log your hikes any way you choose, but we've made it easy with a hiker log that you can complete. We do not need you to submit GPS maps, photos, or the like, just a list of the parks and when you hiked them. Remember, the point of the Every Trail MetroPark Challenge is to hike every trail; you don't have to walk every inch of the trail, but challenge yourself to do as much as you can on each color-coded and non-color-coded trail. Here is a link to our tracking log: https://www.dropbox.com/s/n6rmm2uiakslald/Every%20Trail%20Challenge.dotx?dl=0