Miles thus far:  22.0

FlyFisher's

Buckeye Trail Journal

 Troy Section:

Dec 2002:  #2 - #3  1.3miles (both directions)

First Section of the Buckeye Trail.  100 yards from my office.  At the bottom of the hill is a Geocache.  (See www.geocache.com)  As the trail emerges on the rail-road right of way, counterclockwise, the trail enters the woods on the south side of the tracks again...  however the trail was covered by trees cut by the railroad personnel.  Reported this to the trail maintainers.   

 Caesar Creek Section

January 20 #18 - #16  4 miles and 6 miles along road to return

Hiked this in 4 inches of fresh snow, southbound.  2.5 hours

Parking was not inviting in the new snow at the end of an unplowed steep ramp.  Instead I parked on the E side of Caesar Creek and walked across the roadway bridge.  

From the parking lot, the trail does not proceed south as marked on the map.  Instead, it goes along the base of the bridge grading to the creek, where it turns south just short of the creek.  It goes along very nice woods for about a half mile and emerges from the woods and turns West, away from the creek.  This turn is poorly marked southbound.  Proceeding on the north side of an overgrown field, marks will finally be found before the trail enters the woods on the west side of the woods.  

Note that this whole section of the trail is shared as a bridle trail and can be very rough and muddy.

 

January 2002: #3 - #4 - 2.1 miles (yoyo)

At the end of Huberville southbound, the trail turns West.  It crosses the tracks and continues...  Here there are no blazes for a considerable section, and the logical path is along a road that parallels Harshman, but turning back, one sees that the road was not to be entered.  A better route would be along Harshman for several hundred yards..  Eventually you get to a path paralleling the Mad River where a South turn brings you under Harshman and into Eastwood park.  The path seemed poorly marked in the park, but it exits the park by the bike trail at the southern end of the park.  I walked a couple miles south of here in the snow one day but did not arrive at point 5.  The path is well marked here.  There is an old section of the trail, no longer used, which got around a creek now crossed by a bikeway bridge just south  of  the Eastwood park.  If you look along the raised levy where the bike trail turns to cross the bridge, you may spy old blue blazes which will take you around the bridge by going up to the rail road tracks.  This diversion is not necessary.

There are lovely views of the creek to the east of the trail.  Arriving at Wilson Road (#17) the trail crosses directly south.  About a half mile south of #17, the trail exits the woods into a large field.  An E turn is indicated to follow the edge of the field.  The trail begins again just about straight across the field, not among the barn ruins at the east side of the field.  There is no marking to turn and continue around the field, but that is necessary.  The trail is along the ridge and not along the creek there.  

I came across a bow hunter about a half mile south of here, only a quarter mile north of the Hanes Road boat ramp.  He did not know he had hiked all that way just to set his tree stand up directly over the Buckeye Trail.!

 

 

February 6 - Fresh snow on the ground.  I hiked the Troy section from the Wright Brothers Memorial to the beginning of the section and back.  New BT miles: 2.5

The Trail can be followed through a brush hillside to the lower part of the Wright Brother's hill.  Because of the map directions, I knew the trail goes under the Kaufman Ave bridge, but found no markers until I got to the other side of the bridge.  Looking back, there is a marker on the concrete of the bridge. 

From here, the trail goes along a path to the north of a steam plant.  This is a delightful area I had never visited and the trail has been recently worked on.  marks are great and the trail is in good shape.

At the end of the woods, the trail continues along an asphalt bike trail for another 2 miles.  Markings are clear.  When headed westbound, however, there is precious little to indicate that the trail leaves the bike trail.  I would suggest a right turn marking off the bike trail and another right turn up the bank to the woodland trail and another marker at the top of that embankment. 

For a busy part of town, the path allows one to leave much of the hustle of the world and enjoy nature.  Cars can be heard whizzing along Kaufman and 444, but they are largely out of sight.  Two trains came by while I was walking the trail as well.  

February 2 - Ground Hog's Day

#16 - #10  6.1 miles

Mike K. helped me by shuttling a car so I only had to walk this one way!   Thanks Mike!

The weather was warming and high was about 45 deg.  No wind.  The snow was slushy and wet!  I was wearing tongueless tennis shoes and SealSkinz waterproof socks. 

The northern 2/3 of this trail is also on a bridle trail, and the trail is muddy and full of wet horse hoof shaped holes.  The southern third is much nicer.  The trail proceeds in woods, occasionally along old fields, past back yards, and is a delightful walk.  It proceeds along the base of one levy and then along an old asphalt road, which is broken in the center by a muddy ravine.  At the second levy, the trail splits from the horse bridle trail and becomes much easier to walk.  It first goes the length of the top of a levy and then proceeds down an old roadway to a modern boat ramp.  In season, water is available here.  Poorly marked, the trail is in the parking lot, exiting at the south end of the parking lot...  Cross the road at the end of the parking lot exit and look for the blue blazed sign post at the beginning of a freshly graded roadway that leads to the beach.  There are no blazes here until you reach the beach.  

The trail is along a sidewalk in the beach area and eventually reaches a road.  Turn left and then right and then left again.  The blazes are painted on the asphalt surface.  Just before reaching a dock on the lake, the trail exits the asphalt to go under the bridge.  On the way to Furnace Shores boat ramp, the trail crosses a seasonal clear creek where water can be collected.  It does need to be treated.  Reaching the boat ramp, proceed up the ramp and then a left turn.  

At the WC, the trail leaves the parking lot and enters the woods.  It is well marked in this area.  

 

February 9:  #6-#10  6 miles

This is a delightful hike!  Diane helped me by prepositioning a car at one end so I needed to only walk one direction.    Weather was 10 degrees when I started and 20 degrees 3 hours later when I finished.  Bright sun made the trail very pleasant. 

The trail is reasonably well marked.  About a third of the way, there is a fork in the trail with white blazes straight ahead and no blazes to the right.  The trail to the right is the correct path and blue blazes will become evident within a couple hundred yards.  One passes a day use facility at the half way point.  There is a sand box for children to enjoy.  Mid winter, the heated facility was not locked - a good safety net for those wandering in the woods on this cold day. 

At about the 2/3 point, the trail ends on an old asphalt road which leads into the lake.  There are no blazes to tell one that the trail begins again about 30 yards down-hill on the other side of the road.   A short time later, the trail leads to where an old stage coach road ends in the lake.  This is a great spot to enjoy the lake shore.  For my hike, the lake was covered with several inches of ice.  The trail ends at the Corps of Engineer's visitors center.  it is worth a visit before continuing on the trail and has running water rest-rooms open all year. 

 

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