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“To walk in nature is to witness a thousand miracles.” – Mary Davis

Photo: Oglebay Park, Wheeling WV

New Hiker Information

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.” - John Muir

Photo by: Shelly Mulanax, Gorge Park, Summit County Metroparks

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Thank you for your interest in the Cleveland Hiking Club. If you want to check us out, just show up at the starting location listed on the Hike Schedule.

Hikes are often a circular loop. Once we are on the way there may be no way to turn back if the pace is uncomfortable. So, before selecting a hike, check the Hiker Resources page for a list of terms and definitions used on our hike schedules and other helpful information.  See Hiker Resources.

Come early; we start our hikes on time.

Identify Yourself at Circle Up. Before the hike starts, the leader will ask visitors to identify themselves in the circle. Frequently, a member will make a point to check in with you during the hike to get to know you and provide you the lowdown on the club. At the end of the hike, you’ll be asked to complete a hiker card; these track participation in a hike.

Are Hikes Ever Cancelled for Weather? Our hikes are very rarely cancelled, except if there is lightning or other dangerous weather. So, you will have to decide yourself if the weather is comfortable for hiking. Make no mistake, we are a pretty hardy bunch; rain and snow and cold do not keep us from hiking! Dress for the weather and wear shoes or boots suitable for the terrain and your feet. 

Hydration. Most hikers will carry a small water bottle to stay hydrated during the hike. Depending on the hike location, there may or may not be a comfort (restroom) stop during the hike. 

Dogs on Hikes. We permit hikers to bring one dog on a hike, unless otherwise noted, if: 1) the dog is kept on short 6’ leash, 2) you and your dog stay at the rear of our group during the hike, and 3) your dog is well behaved and not aggressive towards hikers or other dogs.