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    Cheryl Reiff-Blevins reviewed Three Waterfalls Loop

    3 months ago

    This ended up being 10.5 miles for us the way we went. Rather than walk most of the trail between Blue Hen Falls and Buttermilk Falls, we walked the creek where we could (thank you, Keen hiking sandals). This is an unmarked trail. When you get to Blue Hen, ignore the Trail Ends Here sign and proceed forward. Some of the climbing can be treacherous, which is why we decided to walk the creek this time around. You have to go down a steep hill to get to Buttermilk Falls. Walking the creek (it was hot out so this was good), you exit to the right and end up behind the ski lodge. Cross Riverview Rd and walk down Boston Mills Rd (there's a little store, museum, etc.). You can do a bathroom break here if you need to. Walk down Boston Mills Rd until you see the Stanford Trail sign. This is the tow path. You walk that for a short distance and you will come to a trail to the right. Take that. The rest is easy. The trail is behind Stanford House for those that aren't familiar with the area. We spend every week hiking down here so we know our way around. On the way back, instead of going back behind the lodge, again cross Riverview Rd. On the left you will see the entrance to part of the Buckeye Trail. This part is a real challenge. If you don't want that challenge you can go back the way you came. The Buckeye Trail part has a couple of really challenging hills and a steep set of stairs. Plan on an all day hike. We started at around 1 and were finished by 6:30.

    Cheryl Reiff-Blevins reviewed Blue Hen to Buttermilk Falls

    9 months ago

    I did it two weeks in a row. The first week everything was frozen and ice covered. It was very difficult to get down some of the hills, but, the creek was very easy to cross because it was frozen. The next week, it was in the 70's so everything was melted and it was very muddy. The creek was running high because of recent rain so, of course, the boots got wet. Misjudged where to step one time and ended up with water in the boots. It's a nice somewhat challenging trail.

    Cheryl Reiff-Blevins reviewed Perkins Trail and Riding Run Loop

    about 1 year ago

    Perkins is hardly an easy trail. The first hill is killer and there are some really good ones after that. If you are doing both trails, it's more than 4.1 miles. If you do both, it's nearly 7 miles! I've done both several times.

    Cheryl Reiff-Blevins reviewed Buckeye Trail: Blue Hen to Jaite

    about 1 year ago

    How is the muddy hill now? When I went down it in June it was pretty treacherous and I slid. I also had a problem getting up it. It's the hill with a couple of wood stairs at the bottom and a creek. We'd like to do this one again, but, I want to make sure that hill is passable now.

    Cheryl Reiff-Blevins reviewed Brandywine Gorge Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Moderate? Who is ranking these trails? This is more like easy! It's a gorgeous easy trail that you can take your children on.

    Cheryl Reiff-Blevins reviewed Buckeye Trail - Jaite to Brecksville Station

    over 1 year ago

    We hiked about half of this before we had to find out way out (time constraints, we had already hiked 10 miles by the time we got here). We plan on going back next week to do the entire stretch. I would take a hiking stick to get through some of the dicier parts (a wood bridge whose slats are breaking, etc). We ended up using branches which were heavy an awkward. Our aluminum sticks would have been a better bet.

    Cheryl Reiff-Blevins reviewed Deer Lick Cave Loop Trail - Brecksville Reservation

    over 1 year ago

    We've done this trail many times, winter through summer. There are some great hills and a valley that leads to the nature center. We end up on the bridal trail and near the end of the hike there is a very steep hill! Several creeks to cross and hills to climb. We love it! We veer off the trail some to catch the bridal trail because it presents more of a challenge. If you do the trail backwards, counter clockwise, there are more uphills than downhills.

    Cheryl Reiff-Blevins reviewed Twin Sister Falls Trail

    over 1 year ago

    I would never do this remote trail alone! Getting there was kind of treacherous. You have to balance along the side of a hill that has eroded somewhat due to the recent onslaught of rain. Despite waterproof boots, we ended up with soaked feet thanks to part of the creek being deeper than our boots were high. I took one tumble and soaked myself - the slate is very slippery! On the way back we were able to cross the canal at a lower point. Of course, by this point our feet were already sloshing around in our boots. It is a beautiful, but, short hike.

    Cheryl Reiff-Blevins reviewed Buckeye Trail: Blue Hen to Jaite

    over 1 year ago

    I'm going with Colin on this one. This is the hardest trail I've done in CVNP and we've done most of them. This trail should be rated Difficult and not Moderate. There are several hills and at one point it seems there is one after the other. One hill was very muddy and difficult to get down (and up coming back). I slid on that one even with hiking boots on. Fortunately, there was a stream at the bottom and I got most of the mud off. Looking forward to doing this one again mid-summer.