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Cleveland, OH: Hemlock Gorge Ridge Loop

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Distance: 11.9 miles


On this 11.9-mile loop in Mohican State Park, stride past waterfalls, up ridgetops, and along streams to a water-carved gorge with 300-foot walls.
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MichiganHiker
May 29, 2014

WARNING: THIS ROUTE DOES NOT APPEAR ON THE PARK TRAIL MAP AND IS NOT SIGNED. All the trails are maintained and well traveled, but if you are not comfortable with some locational ambiguity, this is not for you. Successfully completing the loop requires some luck and directional instinct.

I started from the dam, and followed the signs to Little Lyons Falls, then Big Lyons Falls, then the Covered Bridge (2 miles), then the Firetower (2.3 miles). Note: the map shows the trail dead ending at Big Lyons Falls. That is not the case - there is a easy to follow and well signed trail which connects the falls to the Tower. Behind the Tower there is an unsigned side trail - you'll see a marker which discusses the use of a "Pig Launcher" (The entire site is a natural gas storage area). Turn left and follow the blazes which are little green Ohio state icons. Pay *very* close attention, this section is crisscrossed with a checkerboard of two-rut service trails. The route turns at intersections seemingly at random, and there is no geographic feature to orient yourself. At the first paved road (approximately 3 miles) turn left and follow the road to the Gorge Overlook. Go to the far picnic area - there is an unsigned trail which is blocked off by a metal cable. Take that trail till the first intersection and make a left. The trail will rapidly descend towards the river. You'll see cabins through the trees. Walk along their roadway until you see the bridge over the river. From here it gets considerably easier. Immediately after crossing over the river you'll see signs for the Hemlock Gorge Trail which you can follow 3 miles back to the Covered Bridge. There is one unsigned intersection - I took the left fork (toward the river) and it worked. The trail dead ended into a dry creek, but restarted just around the bend to the right. Once you make it back to the covered bridge you can either cross and return via the Lyons Falls trail, or take an easy 3/4 mile hike along the Pleasant Hill Trail which deposits you at the base of the dam.

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