Metro Dayton Hikers
Dec, 2014 thru Jun, 2015
All hikes start promptly at 1:30 PM unless otherwise noted, each month, on the first, third and fifth (if it exists) Sunday. The pace is BRISK: hikes may not be suitable for children or other slow walkers. Also, due to the restrictions at many of the hiking locations, members are asked not to bring pets.
DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY CODES:
“A” = EASY, NO HILLS
“B” = MODERATE, SOME HILLS
“C” = DIFFICULT, VERY HILLY IN SPOTS
“D” = RUGGED, FOR EXPERIENCED HIKERS ONLY
21 Dec 2014 – Eastwood MetroPark. 4-5 miles, 2 hours “A”. Use the entrance at 1385 Harshman Road at the traffic light (just north of the Air Force Museum). Meet at the last parking lot.
04 Jan 2015 – Carriage Hill MetroPark. 5 miles, 2 hours “A”. Take Ohio Rt 201 (Brandt Pike) north from Dayton past I70. Turn right at 7891 East Shull Road into the Metropark. Meet at the Cedar LAKE shelter parking lot left (north) off East Shull Road.
18 Jan 2015 – Bill Yeck Park. 4-5 miles, 2 hours “C”. Outside Centerville. Proceed south on Wilmington Pike from Centerville Station Road (Franklin or Ohio Rt 725). Meet in the parking lot at McGuffey Meadow on west (right) side of road (7893 Wilmington-Dayton Rd.), just before the curve to Conference Road and Sugarcreek MetroPark.
01 Feb 2015 – Possum Creek Metropark. 5 miles, 2 hours “A”. From Dayton, proceed south along SR-4 (Germantown Road) to Frytown Road. Turn left (east). Proceed to park entrance at 4790 Frytown Road. Meet in the Argonne Forest parking lot (PC-3).
15 Feb 2015 – Huffman MetroPark. 4-5 Miles, 2 hours “A”. From downtown Dayton, proceed northeast on SR-4. Exit SR-4 right (east) at Huffman Dam. Follow Lower Valley Pike, which parallels SR-4 on the east side. Turn right at the second entrance (past the lake), 4095 Lower Valley Pike. Meet in the parking lot.
01 Mar 2015 – Taylorsville MetroPark (WEST). 5 miles, 2 ½ hours “B”. Take I-75 north from Dayton past I-70. Exit I75 at US40 (exit 63). Travel east on US40 to dam. Note that US40 turns right (south) onto Brown School Road, and then turns left (east) again. Use entrance 2000 US40 at the WEST end of dam. This entrance is on the south (right) side of US 40. Meet at the parking lot at the Blue Heron shelter.
15 Mar 2015 – Englewood MetroPark (WEST Park). 5-6 miles, 2 ½ hours “B”. Take SR 48 (North Main Street) north past I70 and north of the Englewood Dam to 100 E. National Road (US 40). Note that US 40 actually follows SR 48 for a few blocks north of the dam and then turns west again. The park entrance is at the intersection of US 40 and SR 48 at the traffic light where US 40 turns west again. Meet in the parking lot at the end of the (long) driveway to the east of this intersection.
29 Mar 2015 – Sugarcreek MetroPark. 5 miles, 2 ½ hours “C”. From I 675, follow Wilmington Pike south past SR725. Continue less than a mile past SR725 to the intersection of Conference Road with Wilmington Pike. Turn left onto Conference Road. Meet in the parking lot at 4178 Conference Road.
12 Apr 2015 – Eastwood MetroPark. 4-5 miles, 2 hours “A”. Use the entrance at 1385 Harshman Road at the traffic light (just north of the Air Force Museum). Meet at the last parking lot.
26 Apr 2015 – Twin Creek MetroPark. 7 miles, 3 hours “D”. Take SR-4 about a mile south of Germantown to Eby Road. Turn left onto Eby Road. Use entrance at 9688 Eby Road. Meet in parking lot.
03 May 2015 – Hills and Dales MetroPark. 5 miles, 2 hours “A”. Meet at the White Oak Camp, 2606 Hilton Drive, Kettering, Ohio. Traveling north on South Dixie from Dorothy Lane, turn right (east) at Glenbeck Avenue. Glenbeck deadends in 2 blocks on Hilton Drive at the White Oak Camp parking lot.
17 May 2015 – Twin Valley Trail. *****(Start at 10:00 A.M.)*****
14 miles, 4 hours “D”. We will meet at the Germantown MetroPark sledding hill parking lot located at 6206 Boomershine Road (north of the Nature Center and just south of Manning Road) and hike along the backpacking trail between Germantown and Twin Creek MetroParks. Bring a small lunch to carry in a pack.
31 May 2015 – The Narrows. 4-5 miles, 2 hours “C”. From US-35 just west of Xenia, go south on Factory Road to Indian Ripple Road. Entrance is opposite Factory Road. Meet in the parking lot. 2575 Indian Ripple Road, Beavercreek Township.
07 Jun 2015 – Germantown MetroPark. 7 miles, 3 hours “D”. Take SR-4 (Germantown Road) south from Dayton. Proceed to Manning Road. Turn right (west) onto Manning Road. Proceed a couple of miles to Boomershine Road. Turn left onto Boomershine Road. Meet at the Germantown Nature Center at 6910 Boomershine Road.
21 Jun 2015 – Charleston Falls Preserve. 4 miles, 1 ½ hours “B”. 2535 Ross Road. Go north on SR202 (Old Troy Pike) about a mile past US 40 to Ross Road. Turn left (west at traffic light) onto Ross Road and proceed about a half mile to park entrance. Meet in the main parking lot.