Jacobs Ladder and Christmas Rocks Trail

HARD 59 reviews

Jacobs Ladder and Christmas Rocks Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hamburg, Ohio that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
718 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

no dogs

trail running
21 days ago

Love this place. Good amount of climbing once you get back to the orange and blue loops.

24 days ago

Nice hike with a couple of steep hills both up and down. One nice view with a few big rock formations. Walk along a river for a portion. Very quiet in the winter!

Well marked trail with some strenuous climbs

hiking
2 months ago

quiet, a little steep in places, just enough you know you are hiking. covered bridge next to parking lot.

hiking
2 months ago

Not many overlooks or long of a hike but great incline on both loops

3 months ago

Did both loops. great views.

hiking
3 months ago

Decent little hike, did both loops twice, did them once looking for a great sunrise view, turns out there is only one excellent view, I'd say the trail is moderate at best it's not that hard to do

hiking
3 months ago

nice scenery (For Ohio)

hiking
4 months ago

Gets the heart rate up and offers a good workout with both loops. Great view, worth the climb!

hiking
4 months ago

Challenging but doable hike. Easy trail to a view at the top!

hiking
4 months ago

Nice!!! Big trees and a lot of rock formations. Needs to be marked better

hiking
5 months ago

First time hiking this trail, and we really enjoyed it. I recommend a route straight up Old Mill Hollow Road, and then taking the first (southernmost) turn onto the Jacob's Ladder Trail (orange blazes), returning to the mail trail (Old Mill Hollow) and immediately taking the southern trailhead for the Christmas Rocks trail. It'll return you to the central trail having done both the side loops, and this gets the (rather big and steep) hills over with quickly, letting the second half of the hike relax you into a mostly-downhill walk around the Christmas Rocks trail and back to the start. Trail is well marked and easy to follow, but in parts is pretty darn steep - if you're going soon after rains when the ground is damp, bring poles or you're likely to lose footing on some of the downslopes.

hiking
5 months ago

Very peaceful, amazing view. I got a great workout. I can't wait to go back.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice view worth seeing, but the rest of the trail can be somewhat uneventful.

trail running
6 months ago

Nice hike. The out is pretty simple but it gets fun on the loops back. The best view is on the orange section. Marked well except one place pink markers showed up. I thought they were faded orange markers for the orange trail. Veered off course for a half mile or so. Retraced and got back on the blue trail. Just a warning. Ran about 1/2 and walked the other half. Great workout!

7 months ago

Two fairly hills that could cause you to get put of breath. A decent workout. One great view on the orange loop. I wouldn't go with kids unless they have been on hilly trailed before

7 months ago

Great hike, hard but well worth it.

hiking
9 months ago

Fantastic hike withing a very vibrant ecosystem. There are pitch pin, rhododendron, ferns, and intriguing rock formations. Best of all, hardly anyone is there! It starts off kind of bland until you get to the two loops. That's where the hike gets more scenic and a lot more difficult. Make sure you have strong legs; I would not rate this as "moderate" like the listing says. If you take the first loop connection, you'll be walking up at a 45 degree angle. Many other places it's about a 30 degree angle. The reward at the top of the first loop is a large scenic overview of the valley. When you search for directions to get there, put in "Arny Run Park," which is a nearby park where the parking is at. Warning, the streamside is full of bugs in the summer (and toads that eat the bugs).

hiking
11 months ago

It was a very beautiful hike. Me and my friend spent the afternoon hiking here and saw some very awesome views. It was our first time here and will defiantly be back to explore some more.

hiking
11 months ago

Park at the covered bridge, take a short walk up a gravel road, and you'll see the Jacob's Ladder loop followed by the Christmas Rocks loop a bit further along. The view from the top of Jacob's Ladder is one of the best vistas in the area.

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