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Hocking Hills, OH
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Hocking Hills, OH  
Hiking10.00 Miles   4 Hrs       2.50 mph
700 ft AEG   
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I finally did some hiking here in Ohio. The Hocking Hills area is really cool, some areas are reminiscent of the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. We (my wife and I) rented a cabin with another couple that we're friends with. On New Year's day we hiked from Old Man's Cave to Cedar Falls and back, making a 6 mile loop out of it. Along the way, we passed some awesome waterfalls, mossy boulders, and trees with crazy root clusters. We also passed Rose Lake, which was frozen with ice about 1" thick.

On January 2nd, we hiked the Rock House area, which is a small natural cave with an opening at each end. Then we went to Conkle's Hollow and hiked around the rim of the hollow. It reminded me of hiking along the Mogollon Rim. Our total miles was only about 4, but we had a lot of elevation gain if you can believe that. We also checked out a climbing and rappelling area, but the sandstone was too damp for climbing.

On January 3rd we drove to Ash Cave and did a short 1.5 mile hike. Ash Cave is a huge overhanging cliff. A trickle of a waterfall was pouring over, and a pile of ice and snow lay at the bottom. We then drove north to Cantwell Cliffs for another short hike. One of the attractions here is the Fat Woman Squeeze, which is just like Fat Man's Pass at South Mtn Park.

We actually had sunshine everyday, so it was a great way to start off the new year. Now I'm just waiting for the crappy weather... I know it's coming.
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