California Woods Trail

MODERATE 35 reviews

California Woods Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cincinnati, Ohio that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
360 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

scramble

snow

washed out

no dogs

trail running
11 days ago

Excellent for a challenging trail run or hike. One of the best trails in the area, in my opinion. Narrow dirt trails, towering old growth trees and steep ridges make for a more remote vibe than typical of southern Ohio parks. It isn't too heavily trafficked either, so that adds more to the removed feeling. Unfortunately you can hear the road traffic from most of the park, though I didn't find that that decreased my enjoyment of the trail. There are lots of side trails that are not well marked, but they all connect back to a main trail somehow. If you aren't concerned with following a strict route, it's fun to "explore" the side trails to create your own loop. I ran random trails here for about an hour and never repeated a trail.

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3 months ago

Pros: good distance for a quick, easy hike.
Cons: Trail is not well marked, there are numerous side trails, and in some areas the trail is so rarely traveled, it is difficult to tell what is the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike, narrow trails and continuos change in elevation and difficulty. will definitely go back.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice hike with the family. There are some areas of overgrowth and down trees that need to be cleared.

hiking
11 months ago

I’d rate this as something between moderate and hard based on other trails ratings in the area. On my hike there seem to have been a number of sections where the path wasn't as well worn/maintained but I found it engrossing and it helped with the illusion that I was away from everything, tons of spaces where foliage forms near tunnels around the path.

Highly enjoyable, some nice ascent and descents, much more than 375 ft when repeatedly changing elevatiion over the course of the wider path

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Very demanding, hiked 4x around with 30# pack. Great workout.

hiking
Friday, February 24, 2017

Absolutely beautiful forest with well-designed, interesting trails and lots of changing terrain. Trails need some maintenance to clear fallen trees and branches and there's a lot of invasive species encroachment, but overall this is a wonderful place for a mind-clearing bit of exercise.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Fun trails for a quick day hike!

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