Bits and Pieces from Here and There

Keeping up with 6,800 miles is a lot! We're never at a loss for work โ€” updates, waypoints, new hiker notes. October saw quite the ๐Ÿ‚ harvest!

Buckeye Trail sign on a fence gate next to a blue blaze painted on a wood post. - Photo courtesy/Bernie Krausse
Buckeye Trail sign and blaze - Photo courtesy/Bernie Krausse

Keeping up with 6,800 miles is a lot. As a result, Hiking America is never at a loss for new updates, waypoints, and hiker notes for our American Discovery Trail guides.

This last month has seen quite the ๐Ÿ‚ harvest as we continue partnering with those on the trail and helping plan for next year's class.

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Ohio โ€“โ€“

Segment 2 - Cincinnati to Mount Orab

We have entirely redrawn the maps and reordered the directions for this section due to more than 20 waypoints of interesting points and services along the trail.

That plus a pocket full of Hiker Notes Bernie Krausse passed along after passing through โ€“ to include The Mushroom House in Cincinnati's Hyde Park.

In prioritizing Hiking America updates throughout the year, we first work on those notes and changes on-trail hikers are or will immediately face in the coming weeks. Then we do the more general updates in preparation for future hikers.

Relatively new shelter on the Buckeye Trail. - Photo Courtesy - Bernie Krausse

Bernie is now in the Scioto Section of the Buckeye Trail and spent a night in a new BT shelter. "It's by far the nicest three-sided shelter I will ever sleep in," Bernie said in a Facebook post.

The following updates were made before his arrival on the BT. ย 

Segment 4 - Buckeye Trail - Shawnee Section

There are three Category 4 climbs through this rollercoaster-like section, and we have noted them on our directions and Gaia GPS data. ย 

The North Country National Scenic Trail/Buckeye Trail now shows a section of the trail out of the woods and onto a road, and we have updated our data to match. The BTA has issued alerts warning that blazes may be missing due to a lack of maintenance or felled trees.

Segment 5 - Buckeye Trail - Sinking Spring Section

Added a few new Hiker Notes to include a new Trail Angel in the Peebles and Sinking Spring area.

Segment 6 - Buckeye Trail - Scioto Section

We have added a note from the BTA regarding recent logging operations near Mitchell Ridge that messed up the trail. They say it is still passable, but no navigational blazes for a short span.

Segment 7 - Buckeye Trail - Old Man's Cave Section

The BTA issued an alert this summer that cautioned about a footbridge inundated by water during flooding and is concerned that it may be compromised. The BTA's supervisor of the segment suggested a detour around it, and we have included that in our maps, directions, and Gaia GPS data.

Shawn "Ruk Runner" Whitcomb crossing into Kansas - Photo courtesy - Shawn Whitcomb

Meanwhile, Shawn "Ruk Runner" Whitcomb crossed into Kansas this weekend on the American Discovery Trail Southern Route!

Colorado South โ€“โ€“

Segment 1 - Sheridan to Indian Creek Campground

Added two new dispersed campsite recommended locations.

Segment 2 - Indian Creek Campground to Air Force Academy/Colorado Springs

Added expanded Hiker Notes for towns and cities along this segment

Missouri โ€“โ€“

Segment 4 - Boonville to Jefferson City

The Katy Trail will be closed under the I-70 Rocheport Bridge between November 7 through 14 as girders are set on the new bridge section.

Girder setting at the Rocheport Bridge to impact Katy Trail
The Katy Trail will be closed under the Rocheport Bridge beginning Nov. 7.

Hike Your Hike - John.