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    Todd Nystrom reviewed Caesar Creek Gorge Loop

    over 4 years ago

    Great little trial with a 240' ascent and descent. We normally park at the Flat Fork Ridge Recreation area and cross over Clarksville road to get to the upper part of the loop.

    From the parking area cross over Clarksville road and follow the wood-line to the left (south) until you hit the old Clarksville road grade. This is the actual trail at this point. From there you turn right to follow the old roadbed down (a 240' descent) into the Caesar Creek Gorge.

    The northern half of the loop follows the old roadbed west along Caesar Creek. Once you reach a bridge the Gorge Rim trail will turn left. If you cross the bridge, there is a trail that goes beyond the loop into Caesar Creek Gorge State Nature Preserve, which you can hike as an out-and-back.

    At the westernmost point of the loop, before the bridge, you will turn left and follow the trail up (240' ascent) a series of well maintained flights of stairs out of the gorge. Generally the entire trail is wide and open, though this western edge of the trail does narrow a bit and has quite a bit of poison ivy encroaching on the trail in the heart of summer, so beware.

    Once you have climbed to the top of the ridge you have the option to go left or right as there is also another complete loop on top of the ridge. I recommend going left as that is the wooded and more scenic half of the upper loop. (If you go right the loop will quickly come out of the woods into a prairie area above the Caesar Creek Lake spillway). The upper wooded area is filled with trilliums in the early- to mid-April timeframe.

    The upper part of the loop will eventually come back out on old roadbed and you can find your way back to the parking area from there.

    Note: If you park at the Flat Fork Ridge Recreation Area lot you will need to cross Clarksville road, which is not terribly busy but does have a 55 mph speed limit. So, use caution crossing the road. Alternatively you can park below the Caesar Creek Lake dam, in which case you will cross a bridge over Caesar Creek and join the loop along it's northern side.

    Todd Nystrom completed Caesar Creek Gorge Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Todd Nystrom completed Lakeview Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Todd Nystrom added Lakeview Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Todd Nystrom reviewed Red Fox Trail

    over 4 years ago

    We have only hiked this trail in the fall, which I suspect is the best time. It is a very easy hike with no real hills to speak of. We traversed the loop in a counterclockwise direction and I recall a spot near the end of the loop where the trail was not very well marked. We ended up on a well-travelled side trail that led to the campground and needed to backtrack to get on the loop trail itself. (Not a big issue, you certainly won't get lost as you end up at the campground).

    While there is no spectacular scenery on this trail it is a nice wooded hike, with good trails. It would be a good trail to introduce young children to hiking as it is short and easy enough that they could likely complete the entire hike themselves.

    Stonelick State Park is not a "destination" location, but if you live close by and want a place to get some time on the trail it is a decent spot to check out.

    Connect this with the Southwoods Trail, the Lakeview Trail, and the Beechtree Traill and you can get about 6 miles of hiking.

    Todd Nystrom completed Red Fox Trail

    over 4 years ago

    Todd Nystrom reviewed Sugarcreek Metropark Green Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom completed Sugarcreek Metropark Green Trail

    almost 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom completed Fort Trail

    about 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom updated Beechtree Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom updated Beechtree Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom reviewed Southwoods Trail

    over 5 years ago

    This trail is really just a connector joining the Beechtree and Lakeview trails with the Red Fox trail. If you just hike this trail as an out-and-back it is 1.6 miles; however, by combining this with the Red Fox trail (2 mile loop) you can get in 3.6 miles. The whole hike is wooded and for the most scenic experience a fall hike is my choice.

    This is a very easy hike with no real hills to speak of other than a brief dip down to one of the small creeks flowing into Stonelick lake (maybe 50 feet down and back up, if that).

    Todd Nystrom completed Southwoods Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom reviewed Beechtree Trail

    over 5 years ago

    This is a very easy (NO HILLS) wooded trail without much scenery, but still a nice hike if you are looking for something quick and close to home. If you stick solely to the Beechtree trail it is a 3 mile out-and-back (1.5 miles one-way) trail; but, by combining this with the 1 mile Lakeview trail and a .5 mile juant along the park roads you can make this a 3 mile loop. Adding the Lakeview trail also adds tremendously to the scenery!

    The Beechtree trail can be very muddy in places as the terrain is flat with poor drainage.

    Todd Nystrom completed Beechtree Lakeview Loop

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom updated Orange Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom reviewed Orange Trail

    over 5 years ago

    The Orange trail is the longest of the trails at Germantown MetroPark that features many wooded hills and ravines along with great views as the trail winds along Twin Creek. For the distance this is a fairly easy hike, but well worth it. The fall colors are always spectacular here with a great mix of different hardwoods.

    The trail conditions are usually quite good although there are a few sections of the trail that can get pretty muddy after heavy rains (there are signs in a couple of places indicating where the muddiest sections of trail are and providing alternate routes if you want to avoid the mud).

    Altogether there are about 16 miles of trails at Germantown MetroPark, all very well marked, so you can easily combine these trails into longer or shorter hikes depending on your mood or ability.

    If you have children the Nature Ceter (at 6910 Boomershine Road, Germantown, Ohio 45327) is a great little facility. Be sure to check their website as the hours are somewhat limited.

    Todd Nystrom completed Orange Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom reviewed Grays Arch Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom reviewed Graysarch Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom completed Graysarch Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom reviewed Grinnell Glacier Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Another "don't miss" trail if you are going to Glacier N.P. This one is a bit shorter than the Iceberg Lake trail but just as spectacular. The scenic views along this trail are fantastic. Like Iceber Lake, this one is pretty much all uphill on the way out and downhill on the way back. Our book said it was longer than Iceberg Lake but from topo maps and GPS it appears to be about 9.6 miles round-trip. Put this one on your list if you are going to Glacier N.P.

    Todd Nystrom reviewed St. Mary and Virginia Falls

    over 5 years ago

    Great scenic views and great waterfalls. This is one of the shorter hikes in Glacier and easy to get to from Going-to-the-Sun road so it gets a lot of traffic. None-the-less, it is well worth it and a good break from some of the longer hikes in Glacier. It is an easy hike, but well worth adding it to your list. The only reason it took 2 hours was because I spent so much time taking photographs.

    Todd Nystrom reviewed Iceberg Lake Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Definitely worth the hike. The scenery along the way is spectacular and Iceberg lake itself is a spectacular destination. Don't miss this trail if you go to Glacier. Got to see a moose as well as a grizzly bear (30 yds away, maybe a bit too close). There are no bad trails in Glacier but this is definitely one of the best. Total round trip is about 11 miles, uphill going out and downhill coming back. Bring plenty of water...you'll need it!

    Todd Nystrom completed Iceberg Lake Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom completed Graysarch Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom completed Silvermine Arch Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom completed Rock Bridge Trail Out and Back

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom completed Rough Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom completed Gray's Arch Trail Loop

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom completed Auxier Ridge Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom completed Double Arch Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom completed Upper Two Medicine Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom completed Siyeh Bend Cut-Off Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom completed Haystack Butte Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom completed Iceberg Lake Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom completed Hidden Lake Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom completed Grinnell Glacier Trail

    over 5 years ago

    Todd Nystrom completed Three Bridges Trail

    over 5 years ago