Hikes

This is not a public or drop-in event. To attend you must be a member of an invited hiking group and sign-up in advance.  The invited groups are:

  • Dayton Hikers – Join Here (free)
  • Buckeye Trail Association
  • All Chapters of the Buckeye Trail Association
  • Tri-State Hiking Club
  • Columbus Ohio Hikers & Backpackers

Come Prepared

Dress: Dress for the weather! Dress in layers.  Boots, hat, gloves, scarf, windbreak layer, and layers for upper and lower body. Wool, silk and synthetic fibers are best. Avoid cotton.

Hiking Gear: Bring appropriate winter hiking gear including trekking poles, gaiters, boot traction devices (YakTrax), day pack, snacks and water.

All hikes begin and end at the Caesar Creek Visitor Center conference room.
All hikes will finish by 3:00 pm for the start of the potluck feast.

Hike # 1 – 9:00 am

Length: 12 miles 
Duration: 5 hours 
Expected Pace: Moderate 
Hike Leader: Teresa A.
 

Hike Description: This hike is a loop hike using the Buckeye Trail (blue) and yellow trail on the southern perimeter of Caesar Creek Lake. This group will hike the loop clockwise, heading first to the Day Lodge and SR-73.  

Sign Up For Hike # 1 Here (preferred)

Alternate Sign Up


Hike # 2 – 10:00 am

Length: 12 miles 
Duration: 4 hours 
Expected Pace: Brisk 
Hike Leader: Ben

Hike Description: This hike is a loop hike using the Buckeye Trail (blue) and yellow trail on the southern perimeter of Caesar Creek Lake. This group will hike the loop counter-clockwise, heading first to the dam and Pioneer Village.

Sign Up For Hike # 2 Here (preferred)

Alternate Sign Up


Hike # 3 – 10:15 am

Length: 8 miles 
Duration: 3 hours – 45 minutes
Expected Pace: Moderate 
Hike Leader: Laura

Hike Description: The first part of the hike is an out and back using the Buckeye Trail (blue) to the Day Lodge and back (5.2 miles). After a short break at the Visitor Center, for part two we’ll hike the Gorge Loop Trail near the dam (3 miles).

Sign Up For Hike # 3 Here (preferred)

Alternate Sign Up


Hike # 4 – 11:30 Am

Length: 6 miles 
Duration: 2.5 hours 
Expected Pace: Moderate 
Hike Leader: Liz

Hike Description: This hike is an out and back hike using the Buckeye Trail (blue).

Sign Up For Hike # 4 Here (preferred)

Alternate Sign Up


Hike # 5 – 12:00 Pm

Length: 4 miles 
Duration: 2 hours 
Expected Pace: Slow 
Hike Leader: Mountain Laurel

Hike Description: This hike is an out and back hike using the Buckeye Trail (blue) and the Gorge trail.  Our pace will be 2 to 2.5 mph and we will cover 4 to 5 miles depending on the time and weather considerations.

Sign Up For Hike # 5 Here (preferred)

Alternate Sign Up


Hike # 6 – 12:30 Pm

Length: 3 miles 
Duration: 1.5 hours 
Expected Pace: Moderate 
Hike Leader: Theresa

Hike Description: This hike is an out and back hike using the Buckeye Trail (blue).

Sign Up For Hike # 6 Here (preferred)

Alternate Sign Up

Potluck Feast

potluck feast- 2:00 Pm

Potluck Feast: Bring a dish to share! We will enjoy a hearty meal after a day of winter hiking. Bring a pot of chili, a crock pot dish, side dish, desert or food item to share with the group. Electric outlets, oven and refrigerator are available. The feast will be served at 3:00 pm, whenever the hikes end.

Potluck Coordinator & Room Decorator: Normajean

There is no charge for this event. But bring a dish to share. Donations accepted. 

Volunteer: Volunteers are need for tear down and clean up. We must do everything ourselves. By 5:00 pm we must be cleaned up, have the lights off and vacated.

Conference Room: The perfect place for our winter hike and potluck feast! It is located right on the blue blazes of the Buckeye Trail! The Conference Room is a beautiful and well equipped place. The room has ample space for over 100 people, plenty of tables, chairs, a modern kitchen, restrooms and lots of parking. The Visitor Center is attached and features interpretive displays, on going short movies, gift shop with trail maps. 

Sign Up For the potluck feast

Alternate Sign Up