We are the 95-year-old Cleveland Hiking Club, more than one thousand members strong. We offer over 250 hikes in the North East Ohio region on a monthly basis for hikers of all fitness levels. Every day we offer hikes of different difficulties, at different times, and at various locations. You do not need to be a member of the club to join us on a hike, so spend some time on our web site to learn more and then come and take a hike with us! You’ll be glad you did; but be careful, hiking is addictive!
Safety and Health Notes from Karen Pressman
Updated May 2014 with Tips about Poison Ivy
Club News and Info4/6/14
More work has been done on proposed changes to the club's Constitution. These proposals can be found here, along with a copy of our present Constitution. Members will be voting on these proposals later this year.
If you are planning to hike with the club in the St. Patrick's Day parade, please note that the meeting time for the hike has been moved to 11:30 AM. This is because the club has a more favorable position in the parade.
All of the photos that won awards in last year's photo contest have been posted to the website, over on the photos page.
The West Creek Conservancy is having an event to raise funds for their efforts for " conserving natural habitats, restoring the ecological value and sustainability of urban lands, and expanding neighborhood opportunities to experience nature". The CHC has supported them in the past and they were active in developing West Creek Reservation in the Cleveland MetroParks. For more info look here.
Our president Dave Richards has assembled the club's Annual Report for 2013. The report is posted in the left column or our Contacts Page.
Some of you might remember that a while back Nancy Kewish led a 'White Socks Hike', where hikers were asked to donate white socks to be given to the needy. The hike was rather successful and Nancy received a nice thank-you letter from the Care Alliance, which managed the donation. Please take a look at the thank-you, especially if you were one of the sock donors.
The club is actively looking at changes in our Constitution, as will be discussed the the General Meeting on 2/1/14. Updated information on this Consitutional review process is presented in this document. Note that a newer list of proposed changes is available over here
The following hikes do not have a leader.
IF 2 or more members show up at these hikes,
and if a current CHC member is willing to lead then these hikes,
then the hike will still count.
Hike 29g. 5:00 pm LEISURE HIKE. Brooklyn. Biddulph Plaza. Biddulph & Ridge Rds.
Park near Giant Eagle. Sidewalks. 3 miles-Susan Bell
Hike 28C 9:30 am North Chargin Res. Nature Center. Trails/Hills. 5 mile Marcia Bodzin
Hike 28D 10:00 am Leisure Hike Stow Town Center Plaza 4 mile Roy Kress
Hike 28G 2:00 pm Shaker Hts. Farnsleigh Van Aken Sidewalks 5 mile Jan Hill
Hike 28H 4:00 pm Lake County Mentor Trails 3 mile Gayle Shroy
Hike 28I 7:00 pm Chargin Falls Bandstand 5 mile Darlene Jacobson
Hike 28K 7:00 pm Parma. York & Pleasant Valley Rds. 5 mile Shelli Lanza
Here's another hike cancellation: Hike 13D tomorrow at Chagrin River Park has been canceled because of flooding of the Chagrin River.
We received two more hike cancellations today, so that makes a total cancellation of all hikes for today. Thankfully, nicer weather is returning.
Several more hikes have been cancelled for tomorrow due to the harsh weather. These include 7A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I and 7L.
Several hikes have been cancelled due to the impending nasty weather. These include hikes 6D, 6H, 6I, and 7A.
The January issue of Newsteps has been posted to the Newsteps page. Also Hiking schedules for January and February have been posted to the the Schedules Page.
There was a nice slide show running at the Holiday Party, showing pictures from many of the club's activities for last year. That slide show has been posted to YouTube and can be accessed from the the photos page. Thanks to Ed Dooner for assembling the slide show and to Peter Carlsson for posting it.
The November Mileage Awards and Statistical Monthly Miles have been posted at the Hike Data page. And the Mile-A-Day results are over at the Mile-A-Day page.
Remember that your dues need to be paid by the end of the year. Info on paying dues is on page 7 of the December Newsteps, which you can read from the Newsteps page.
The December Newsteps has been posted to the website. You can read it from the Newsteps page.
The Mileage Awards and Statistical Monthly Miles for October have been posted at the Hike Data page. And the October Mile-A-Day results are posted over at the mile-a-day page.
The November issue of Newsteps has been posted to the Newsteps page. Also Hiking schedules for November and December have been posted to the the Schedules Page.
The CHC Holiday Party will be here before you know it. You can sign up for this popular event using this form.
Please note that reservations for Ray Lusin's memorial service should be made with Sue Portnoy (216-464-0916).
Note that the time listed in Newsteps for Saturday's 'Bridges of Ashtabula County' hike is wrong. As the schedule says, the hike starts at 9:30 AM.
Another hike schedule change due to the government shutdown: Debbie Wood's 10/15/13 hike at 7:00 pm was originally scheduled for the CVNP Station Road Bridge but has been moved to the Brecksville Nature Center.
Because of the ongoing government shutdown, CVNP remains closed and our hikes scheduled for there are being relocated. These three additional hikes have been moved:
1) Saturday's 9:00 am Mini Ridges Prep Hike originally scheduled for CVNP Station Road Bridge is being moved to the Brecksville Nature Center.
2) Sunday's 9:00 am Ridges Prep Hike originally scheduled for CVNP Pine Hollow is being moved to Hampton Hills Metropark. The address is 2925 Akron-Peninsula Road.
3) Monday's hike 14e scheduled at Happy Days has been moved to Egbert Picnic Area @ Bedford Reservation at 9:30 am.
There will be a memorial hike for Ray Lusin on Thursday, November 14 (10:00 at N Chagrin) followed by a memorial service at Pine Ridge Country Club (30601 Ridge Rd, Wickliffe, OH). No reservations are necessary for the hike, but reservations are ABSOLUTELY necessary for the service, as there will be catered food and a final count must be given by November 11. Deadline for reservations is November 11. Please let Sue Portnoy (216-464-0916) know how many to expect. Pat Spoth asks those that will be attending to consider bringing a Ray photograph and/or share a memory of Ray at the service if you are comfortable with it. Ray's obituary is available here.
Because of the Government shutdown, CVNP is closed. In response, our hikes there have been moved to new locations. For Saturday, October 5 we have three hikes that will be reschedules as follows:
Hike "d" 9:00 am Maryann & Jim Lahman's 10 miler was at Boston Store. It is now going to start at the Brecksville Nature Center.
Hike "e" 9:00 am Bill Miller's 5 miler was at Station Road Bridge. It is now going to start at the Brecksville city shopping plaza meeting close to the Dollar Bank next to Marc's at RT 82 and RT 21.
Hike "h" 10:00 am Larry Clager's 4 mile Leisure hike was at Station Road Bridge. It is now going to start at the Brecksville Nature Center.
Be on the lookout for more changes coming
It is sad to report the recent death of Ray Lusin. Ray was a member since 1965 and was our all-time mileage leader, having walked 61,629 miles with the CHC. There will be a memorial service; details about it will be given here when they are finalized. We are assembling a photo album "Remembering Ray" on the Photos page. If you have photos to share there - please send them to Peter Carlsson at firstname.lastname@example.org. In August 2009 Kay Ball wrote an article about Ray for Newsteps; you can read that article here.