Columbus: Ridge-Creekside Loop

This 5-mile circuit hike offers rugged cliffs, gentle creeks, and the chance to see dozens of the 900-plus species within Clear Creek Metro Park.
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This 5-mile circuit hike offers rugged cliffs, gentle creeks, and the chance to see dozens of the 900-plus species within Clear Creek Metro Park.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 8.0

Waypoints

Grassy Trail

Location: 39.5898017883301, -82.5747756958008

©Gary Clark

Butterfly in Meadow

Location: 39.5942306518555, -82.6041793823242

©Gary Clark

Deer Along the Trail

Location: 39.5977516174316, -82.5890426635742

©Gary Clark

CCL001

Location: 39.5892105102539, -82.5740127563476

Head E on the Creekside Meadows Trail, then turn N onto Cemetery Ridge Trail at its namesake trailhead

CCL002

Location: 39.5901718139648, -82.5736770629883

Cross road and begin steep 400-ft. climb

CCL003

Location: 39.5932083129883, -82.5754470825195

Crest ridge and head NW

CCL004

Location: 39.5952796936035, -82.5845336914062

Old barn

CCL005

Location: 39.5974502563477, -82.5897674560547

Continue to traverse W; deer tracks dot trail

CCL006

Location: 39.5979499816894, -82.6047592163086

Make a hard L @ 3-way, staying S on Cemetery Ridge Trail

CCL007

Location: 39.5961608886719, -82.6052169799805

Photo op: Stroll into a wildflower and milkweed meadow with fluttering monarchs

CCL008

Location: 39.5932197570801, -82.6052322387695

R @ T, then immediate L @ T; follow Fern Trail signs SW into a sunny meadow alongside a woods. Ahead, trail enters trees again and swings E

CCL009

Location: 39.5892105102539, -82.6043472290039

Begin 400-ft. descent on rugged trail with views into the valley

CCL010

Location: 39.5887794494629, -82.5974807739258

Stay straight, still following Fern T

CCL011

Location: 39.5884208679199, -82.5943832397461

Reach Fern Picnic Area; turn E onto Creekside Meadows Trail

CCL012

Location: 39.5902404785156, -82.5883026123047

Path parallels banks of Clear Creek; return to car