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49th Annual Winter Hike

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49th Annual Winter Hike

Every year on the third weekend in January an annual pilgrimage of hikers come to the Hocking Hills to hike the six mile Grandma Gatewood's Trail. This year it is scheduled for Saturday, January 18th. The trail begins at Old Man's Cave State Park and ends at Ash Cave State Park where a bus will transport you back to your car at Old Man's Cave. You can start walking the trail anytime from between 9 am to 11 am. 

Cedar Falls is at the half way point. There you can take a load off your feet, take a break and enjoy some bean soup with cornbread and hot chocolate. This is free of course but donations are always welcome. 

The trail may be snow covered so hiking cleats are always handy to have. When I hiked the trail I didn't have them and I wished I would have. The trail can get pretty snow packed and it is hard to get a good footing at times. Layered clothing is a good choice. Hats and gloves are a given. 

I saw a lot of teenagers and young people on the trail - they passed me by (which is fine). I wouldn't recommend this for young children unless you don't mind carrying them for 6 miles. 

When you get back to Old Man's Cave you can purchase a trail patch or hiking staff emblems to commemorate your completion of the hike. 

The snow and ice were beautiful the year I went. I have included pictures from my hike.. But this is Ohio - so be prepared for cold or mild temperatures. 

This is a very strenuous hike and not for the easily winded so if you are in shape - go for it! You won't regret it!


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