Logan Trail North Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,476' 450 m
Descent: -1,490' -454 m
High: 1,159' 353 m
Low: 777' 237 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)
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“The very beautiful, but more difficult loop of the Logan Trail.”— Jesse Dailey
If you like PUDs (pointless ups and downs) you'll love the eastern half of the loop, while the western half is all about climbing up to ridgeline or descending to run next to the stream.
At Brush Ridge Fire Tower the North Loop, South Loop, and Buckeye Trail meet, The fire tower is one of three trailheads. Backpackers can camp at the fire tower but a reservation at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry is required. The fire tower sites have pit toilets and tent pads downhill from the privy area. There is no water at these sites. The second trailhead (for multi-day backpackers) can be found below the Pine Lake Dam, and the third trailhead, for campers at the Tar Hollow State Park Campground, is located directly behind campsite #53 on Logan Hollow Road.
To follow this as mapped, start from the parking area off Tar Hallow Rd. and follow the trail north up past the Tar Hollow State Park campground. Continue on the trail as it winds through Logan Hollow along the stream bed before climbing out of the hollow and emerging on North Ridge Road.
While not well-marked, the trail continues slightly to your left on the other side of the road, expect to pass through about 100 yards of regrowth forest before the trail dumps you out on a bulldozer track running along the ridge. The trail continues to the left. From this point forward along the western half of the loop, the trail is no longer singletrack but has been bulldozed.
The trail will dive to the left down a hollow, following a stream to the right while slowly working south along the side of the hill. After crossing Tar Hollow Road and then the stream next to it (this part was not well marked) take the trail which bears slightly right and uphill, and prepare yourself for an epic climb followed by some ridge running and an epic descent. Unfortunately, this descent is a mess. It heads along a highly eroded dozer track straight downhill, so plan accordingly.
Once at the bottom enjoy running alongside, through, and crossing (multiple times) a stream (great time to filter water) before climbing back up out of the hollow to the fire tower and better yet a return to singletrack trail. From this point forward the trail is pretty easy to follow. Continue east on Logan Trail until it drops you back at the parking lot.
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Land Manager: Ohio DNR - Tar Hollow State Park