15-mile Hike: Cuyahoga Valley South – Saturday, April 1st

Our penultimate hike, and longest one so far, is this Saturday. This is a great opportunity to test your hiking skills in preparation for our 20-mile hike next month.

We will be back on the Cuyahoga Valley Towpath Trail, but this time, we will be hiking south. This section of the Towpath is mainly paved or crushed gravel, and is pretty level. From our starting point at the Lock 29 trailhead at the Peninsula Depot, our hike will take us south on the Towpath, all the way to Botzum Station. On the way, we will take a side hike to visit the Everett Covered Bridge. After reaching Botzum, we will return north on the Towpath to our starting point in Peninsula..

Since the 15-mile hike is an all-day excursion, you should be prepared to carry plenty of water, food, rain gear, spare socks, and other essentials. Pack at least two (preferably three) quarts of water, a full lunch, and nutritious, energizing snacks.

The crew is meeting bright and early at Chapman Elementary at 8:00 a.m. Please be prompt! Parents are welcome to drive to our starting point in Peninsula, and join us for the hike.

For reasons of safety and ability, only experienced hikers who are members of the merit badge and Philmont crews may participate in the 15-mile hike.

If you are not driving from Strongsville or are driving separately, please meet us at the Lock 29 trailhead in downtown Peninsula, off of State Route 303, at 8:45. We are anticipating a return to Chapman at 5:00 p.m.

After the hike, be sure to complete your report and send it to Mr. Whitecar.

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