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backpacking
5 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
26 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.

Currently laying in a hammock on this trail at campsite three. Excellent views but mildly freaked out about coyotes but I can hear them, which is cool at the same time.

The trail is 60% mountain bike trail, but there weren't many bikes on the trail (early May). It was a quiet hike through the forest with plenty of wildlife (deer, beaver, hawks, woodpeckers). My tracker (android) also gave 14.2 miles.

backpacking
1 month ago

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

walked with my son in 2017. the lake was full of lilipads in bloom. definately a killer hill at the end.going counter clockwise as we did. i think it's more than 3 miles + the way the trails conected. then the walk back to the car as well. I'd recommend this for nature hike birding fishing alike.since there were spots to do those things along the way.

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.

trail running
3 months ago

I attempted this route yesterday. Parked at Hope Furnace. Walked across street to get a free trail map and headed off. Day after a rain I expected trails to be muddy. They were muddy and the trail is overgrown but not ‘thick’. Some spots are a bit thick but most is runable. Mistakes I made were not downloading the GPX file to my watch. Not remembering my AT&T service is dead in this area of Ohio. I forgot to bring calf compression sleeves to protect shins from thorns and weeds.
Plenty of friendly backpackers out on trails.
Tried as best as I could but ended up missing a turn past point Q and started following yellow painted markings not orange. Popped out on 278 about 3 miles north of Hope Furnace. Hiked and ran back to the car.
If you don’t mind stepping over logs, dirty trail shoes, rubbing shrubbery, or getting dirty these are fun single track trails which you can combine to make longer runs. Saw one snake. Had plenty of tiny streams to wash my arms and legs off and dump water on my head.
I want to go back and do the sections I missed.

I hiked only a portion of this from Habron trail to Greenbriar trail. Pretty views of lake where it makes you feel like your no longer in Ohio at points. He trail splits a couple points so pay close attention to signs.

Nothing spectacular with this this trail. It’s a less traveled shortcut from the campsites to Habron/Bobcat/Copper trail. It intersects immediately after you hop a stream at a point that that doesn’t show 100% exact to the map. The key is walk a bit further to the north and there the more signs for Habron.

Hiked this trail on 5.13.18. Nice hike. The maps in the park are not exact so you’ll need use your best judgement in some sections where trails intersect or split but aren’t parked. You’ll cross some small streams and move around downed trees. A hike if properly timed can be capped with a trip through greenbrier trail up the Lake Hope Lodge for some excellent food and drinks. Enjoy!

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.

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.

Nice hike along a brook. Didn’t see anyone else on it.

Lovely views of the lake, plus a little more elevation than the furnace trail. It’s not very secluded.

Liked that it was a loop that lets you see the whole lake. Buggy.. good exercise!

backpacking
11 months ago

Love it! Yes there are downed trees, yes it’s difficult to climb with a pack but it’s not supposed to be easy. I passed a dad and three kids today ranging in age from 16-9 so it’s achievable. Get to camp early though because it can be crowded on weekends. Even at that people are respectful and are quiet as soon as the sun sets.

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.

mountain biking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Trails drain very well. Great biking with nice elevation gain/descents with very few points where we were forced to hop off to clear trees ect... This seemed to primarily be a mountain bike trail to me. We saw way more people on bikes than on foot. You can combine this with Bobcat and Yosemite to make a long day on the trails.

backpacking
6 months ago

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