Warrior 150 Challenge Hike #4

 

 

Caesar Creek State Park Hike #4

DATE:     Saturday and Sunday, August 26-27, 2017

START TIME:     6:30 AM to 8:00 AM (Both Saturday and Sunday; Hikers need to sign in both days).

DAY 1 (Saturday): Registration for hike is from 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM.  An experienced hike leader will start at 7:00 AM. Please see Registration for Hikes information for details. Please bring completed Registration Form with you to Hike.

DAY 2 (Sunday): Registration and sign-in (for those who participated in Day 1 Hike) are from 6:30AM AM to 8:00 AM. An experienced hike leader will start hike at 7:00AM. Please see Registration for Hikes information for

***Hiking the entire distance on either Day 1 or Day 2 of hike is acceptable. Participants must turn in Registration Form or sign-in between 6:30-8:00 AM on Day 1 or Day 2. Also, please sign-in on form stating: Participants Completing Entire Hike in 1 day. Entire distance of hike must be completed during scheduled event.

DISTANCE:        Total distance for both days combined is 19.5 miles; 31.38 kilometers

WHERE:             Caesar Creek Trail from Flat Fork Ridge to Spring Valley Paintersville Rd.

START POINT DAY 1:                 Flat Fork Ridge Parking Area

END POINT DAY 1:                      Horseman’s Camp         

TOTAL DISTANCE DAY 1:          9 Miles or 14.48 Kilometers

START POINT DAY 2:                  Horseman’s Camp

END POINT DAY 2:                       Spring Valley Paintersville Road

TOTAL DISTANCE DAY 2:           10.5 Miles or 16.90 Kilometers

HIKE DETAILS:

This is (nearly) an end to end hike of the entire Caesar State Park on a dirt foot in the woods. Participants are encouraged to hike as much or as little as they are able. FOLLOW THE BLUE BLAZES at all times. Throughout duration of hike, water will always be on the right. DAY 2 hike shares the trail with the Horse Trail. Please know horses have the right-of-way. If you see a horse on the trail (approaching), back off the trail 3 feet and talk nicely to the horse (they like to know you are there and your presence will not spook them!).

Parking, Drop-off and Pick-up:

DAY 1

START:  Flat Fork Ridge parking lot is off N. Clarksville Rd., .6 miles past the Caesar Creek Visitor Center and turn left into parking area Registration/Sign-in will be in parking lot area.  https://www.google.com/maps/place/39%C2%B028’59.3%22N+84%C2%B003’34.0%22W/@39.483146,-84.0599992,210m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d39.483146!4d-84.059452

END:  Horseman’s Camp is about 1/2 mile up from the Buckeye Trail. Plenty of parking (grass area) https://www.google.com/maps/place/39%C2%B032’12.2%22N+84%C2%B000’44.6%22W/@39.5344955,-84.0169726,528m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d39.536709!4d-84.012393

DAY 2

START:  Horseman’s Camp hikers will hike 1/2 mile back to Buckeye Trail. Plenty of parking (grass area) https://www.google.com/maps/place/39%C2%B032’12.2%22N+84%C2%B000’44.6%22W/@39.5344955,-84.0169726,528m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d39.536709!4d-84.012393

END:  Spring Valley Paintersville Road (Parking area right off the road on this link): https://www.google.com/maps/place/654+W+Spring+Valley+Paintersville+Rd,+Xenia,+OH+45385/@39.6003712,-83.972442,776m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x0:0x0!2zMznCsDM1JzA3LjUiTiA4M8KwNTInNTkuNCJX!3b1!8m2!3d39.585415!4d-83.883163!3m4!1s0x8840965d958c588b:0xa66d432082b56a95!8m2!3d39.5997766!4d-83.9676096  THIS PARKING AREA IS MINIMAL. ***PLEASE LEAVE MAJORITY OF CARS AT START LOCATION (OR OTHER LOCATION) AND CARPOOL BACK TO HORSEMAN’S CAMP.***

Parking, Drop-off, Pick-up and Carpooling are up to each hiker to coordinate. There are NO SHUTTLES at end of hike, please be sure to plan accordingly.

HIKER ATTIRE:

DAY 1 is more strenuous than Day 2 with a significant majority of the hike is not covered by trees, and depending on the weather, could be in direct sun. Dress accordingly: HAT, SUNGLASSES, SUNSCREEN, PROTECTIVE CLOTHING, BUG SPRAY. Because of the presence of water, the bugs are VERY PRESENT (black flies and bees) Bring extra water and/or Gatorade, and snacks  (just in-case). Water Stations (details to come) will be present along the hike, but if it is hot, please be prepared. Hikers can start on the path beginning at 6:30AM to try and beat the heat. Hike will pass the Caesar Creek swim area, so bring along a swim suit and take a quick dip to cool off! There are changing rooms near the beach area and there will be a Water Station, too.

DAY 2 is less strenuous (slightly longer) and has more tree cover. Hikers may want to consider wearing PANTS and more protective clothing, as the trail on the north end is not as wide and the fields are knee high in grass and weeds. And, DON’T FORGET BUG SPRAY!

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS:

Overnight camping is available at Horseman’s Camp (end location of DAY 1 and START location of Day 2). Camping is $17/night and on the honor system. Leave an envelope with $ tacked on the board. Park is monitored by park rangers. For more information: http://www.caesarcreekstatepark.com/camping.html .