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We hiked this trail on Christmas Eve. it was beautiful. The two mile main section is easy. Then there are two loops off the main section. The first loop is hard. it goes straight up the hill and is the steepest trail I've climbed (including grand canyon trails and rocky mountain trails). The second loop is moderate difficulty. Overall, it was a beautiful hike with just the right amount of challenge for us.

Nice and easy, little ice, lightly packed snow today. pretty much as exciting as you'll find in the area. Did it as an out back in under 5 hours.

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail to hike!!!
#goruck

We always skipped Cantwell Cliffs because I thought it was a climbing area. We went today for the first time and loved it! We did both trails and will definitely recommend them to fellow hikers. A good place to bring trekking poles and waterproof shoes. Lots of weathered/steep stairs to navigate and several stream crossings.

Everything I could hope for out of a 5 mile hike, 45 minutes from home. The moderate rating seems quite accurate, as the trail ranges from gravel fire road, to steep single track. The climbs are enjoyably tough, and the view from the overlook was great.

on Logan Hollow Trail

hiking
25 days ago

Could have been 4 stars but the dodgy trail marking (in some places its great, others is severely lacking) and virtually no trail maintenance (massive downed trees across the trail everywhere) forces me to downgrade the trail. It's a tough one with plenty of elevation change and steep grades. It zig zags across a creek so if the water is high, you'll have to look for places to cross without getting wet. The scenery is nice but nothing memorable.

Excellent hike. The slope up to both plateaus is quite steep. As good as it gets for a short hike.

Beautiful overlook – the clearing takes you wonderfully by surprise. Haven’t seen a view like this in Ohio.

This hike had been on my list for awhile. Wow, was it worth the wait! The trail is well maintained and the scenery is some of the best I have seen in this general region of the state. There is definitely some terrain here, expect to do some steep climbs and descents (well, steep for Ohio!) but they reward with views from on top of some outstanding rock formations.

Easy hike and pretty short out and back. Definitely a different feel from Old Man's Cave gorge. The gorge is narrower and greener in my opinion. Well worth the hike and the waterfall at the end is really nice.

This place is an awesome hike. It gives you a variety of terrain and surroundings; from pines, to rick out-croppings, and a beautiful stream. Trail is well marked and easy to follow even with leaves down. There are two loops both with some elevation gain, but with switchbacks so they are not bad. Round trip both loops 4.75 miles. Will make this a regular one!

Great views and I enjoyed the fire tower. The negative side was how bad the jigers and mosquitoes got me despite spray! I went back in August and got eaten alive, weeks went back and my skin was still healing! It was the worst in my life!

It was a beautiful trail. Took our toddlers. Was easy enough for them and they really enjoyed the waterfall.

Steps and steps and more steps! Loved it

hiking
3 months ago

nice short easy trail that takes you into the woods, nice scenery and nature walk, paved

It’s a little piece of heaven.

beautiful w dramatic scenery

Nice set of trails close to the Columbus area. Very few people on the trail when we were there. Nicely shaded all throughout. Note that if you park by the covered bridge there is a decent walk to get to the trailhead, maybe about .6 of a mile. Christmas Rock Trail was pleasant but really uneventful. More like a nice nature walk. Jacob’s Ladder is challenging in parts but the overlook at the top is worth the climb.

hiking
3 months ago

My son and I enjoyed this challenging trail. It was hard to navigate in a few spots, and we spent quite a bit of time going over or under downed trees, but that adds to the fun. Thank goodness for the frequent red blazes.... otherwise we’d have been lost. Hiking poles helped on the super steep parts, and I used them to fight off all of the thorny bushes. We were disappointed that the fire tower was not climbable- the bottom flight of steps was removed.

pretty nice trail, the walking trail is only 5 miles the mountain bike trail is 8.5 miles! just a heads up about the distance, the trails are marked but they were hard to understand since the map at the trail head did not show the mountain bike trail. the blue trail is for walking and red/ orange trail is for mountain bikes. the trail itself was nice they have recently put in several new bridges, the old ones looked very unsafe. we came across a few dozen trail runners and probably a dozen bikers on our trip. the lake was pretty busy being labor day weekend. there is a shooting range on site and it is a hunting area during hunting season so dogs may not be a good idea. I will be going back

Very pretty trail! After the pavement stops there is a waterfall worth going forward for.

The description nails it, an older trail system, along with many old worn and narrow steps but well worth the trip for the semi adventurer. It’s farther out and the cliff faces offer many unique structures and picture moments.
Not to be compared to Old mans cave but a combination of Ash Cave and Rock House. It offers a “yellow loop trail” taking you out along the creek and heavily wooded.

The Old mans cave area trails are very beaten and over populated along with idiots climbing where they shouldn’t and trashing the place. If you can stray from holidays

Perfect hike! Well marked, gorgeous terrain, and just a solid trail overall.

This was a great hike! make sure you park to the right by the covered bridge. This trail has a lot of single-person trails and steep grades, but are very well kept. The view at the top is very worth the hike. it took us 143 minutes and 5.0 miles start to finish for both yellow and blue trails. WE LOVED IT!!

awesome hike if you do both the orange and blue loops the trail is 4.5 miles. the trail is well kept and well marked. The entire time we were there we saw 12 people and 3 dogs, even though signs every where say no pets allowed. if you are looking for a challenge with few people to bother you it is worth the drive.

Always something new to see

Paved trail with lots of other trail head intersections. Great for kids in strollers.

Very nice five-mile hike. Uphills, a view, some rock cliffs, and some nice Hemlock groves.

I did the trail from South to North, then back on the same trail. Overall I finished at 15.4 miles. Beginning 3 1/2 miles is definitely the toughest. The trail flattens out after that. This is nice if you are going out and back. Give you a nice rest for the middle 7 miles or so. I think the trail is probably closer to moderate than hard. The map made it easy to navigate. However, there is one spot where the trail has been changes. You will come to a fork with a paper sign showing the new trail. The sign is very difficult to read. At that point, go left. It will loop you around on the same trail. Great trail. Took me 6 1/2 hours to complete.

Very diverse terrain which makes for an enjoyable, rough hike

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