Zaleski North Loop Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews
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Zaleski North Loop Trail is a 20.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Brown, Ohio that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
20.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,414 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

over grown

washed out

backpacking
4 days ago

Has been a few years since I did this hike, but connected it with the south loop and managed to extend my stay for five days. The north trail was definitely less populated, but also the trails were less well maintained. Still an excellent hike, but I remember the south loop being more scenic.

backpacking
24 days ago

Link below is the map provided at the trailhead with more descriptions.

forestry.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/forestry/PDFs/SF/Zaleski_backpack.pdf

According to this link the trail (which starts at at the Hope Schoolhouse) is 28.8 miles NOT 20.1. Definitely have this handy or pick up a physical map at the trailhead. AllTrail has you start at "X" or the Iron Furnace which still has a stand for maps and registration.

Other than that, this really was a nice trail for getting my wife over fearing backpacking. Sections W through X have a lot of Creek crossings that get a bit confusing. This is where most of the overgrown parts and downed trees are concentrated. Nothing impassable of course. Campsites we're great as was the water availability.

My only reason for a four star rating was the lack of solitude and the lack of scenic overlooks. If you like fairly brief climbs and descents in to forest creeks and lush hillsides this is a great hike.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trails and well maintained. Campsites have water and pit toilets available. great place to start backpacking.

backpacking
1 month ago

We hiked this trail in late July and enjoyed large portions of it. The portion of the trail north of campground 3 was disappointing though. There were spider webs across the path probably about every 100 feet so you couldn’t really enjoy the hike or sites without that constant distraction.

4 months ago

Did loop midweek and had trail and Campsite#3 to myself. Well marked. Water at campsite is nice. Some spots are muddy after a rain but passable.

5 months ago

We've done the north loop, it was beautiful but pretty tough. Heavy rain can make the creek a little scary, but it's largely avoidable. the campgrounds are nice, especially having the access to water. Go early on weekends, the parking lot seems to fill up quickly.

hiking
Sunday, August 06, 2017

Path was a bit overgrown. A decent amount of thorns. We would recommend pants and a long sleeve.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Beautiful area. However trail maintained poorly and blazing at roads and turns EXTREMELY poor! This could be a great trail if trail blaze protocol was implemented.

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
6 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

backpacking
Saturday, June 10, 2017