Thursday, September 1, 2011

Hiking Mt. Airy Forest

This past weekend David and I went to Mt. Airy Forest here in Colerain. Using our "60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Cincinnati" book, we navigated multiple trails for 4.6 miles. Most of the the hike was pleasantly challenging, until we came to the stone steps. A third of a mile of vertical climbing was intense! (No sniggers from those of you who are in much better shape- at least we're trying!! And for those who don't want a good workout when hiking... avoid the stone steps!!)

I'd love to go back and try out some of the other trails, especially since they are well marked and not very busy. The noise of traffic on I-74 was not the best background for the setting, but it also didn't ruin it.

There are plenty of trees to climb over or go around.

A nice shady portion of the trail.

The infamous stone steps (this is about halfway up.)

A view from close to the top of the stone steps. Unfortunately it drops down enough that you can't really see the rest of the steps... but they keep going!!


Karen said...

You have such beautiful places to hike. I love all the trees!

Mama D said...

I love that you and David are doing so much hiking, and that you're sharing the beauty with us in pictures.