Zaleski Backpack Trail South Loop

 25 votes

10.3 Miles 16.6 Kilometers

 

95% 

Runnable

100%

Singletrack

955' 291 m

Ascent

-956' -291 m

Descent

1,014' 309 m

High

715' 218 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

14%

Max Grade (8°)

Minor Issues

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Escape the Hocking Hills crowds and explore this rare gem in southern Ohio.

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Overview

The Zaleski Trail is a great run or short overnight trip. You'll spend your time navigating the forests of southern Ohio. It can get humid in the summer and water can be found along the route - but pack accordingly! Traffic is low to medium, depending on the time of year.
Features: Fall Colors — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Dogs: Leashed

Description

The south loop of the Zaleski Backpacking trail is the shorter of the two loops. It can easily be knocked out in a day or extended to an overnight trip... especially great for families with young backpackers!

Parking for the South Loop of the Zaleski Trail is roughly 50 yards from the trailhead, across from Hope Furnace. Entering the trail, you'll turn left and head into the woods. The Zaleski trail winds through the forest and you'll be under the canopy for a majority of your trip. The trail itself is packed dirt and rock - generally very easy with little to no technical ability required. There are some steeper sections - but they're short and quickly level out. A number of historical markers or areas of geological interest can be found by using the accompanying Zaleski Backpacking Brochure.

Flora & Fauna

Be aware of poisonous snakes in the area.

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Minor Issues 15 days ago
Fallen Trees - The North part of the south loop looks almost washed out in spots. Make sure you take trekking polls and you should be fine. The whole Southloop has fallen trees over parts of the trail making it difficult to go over or under them without taking off your pack.
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