Escape winter doldrums with a hike around CVNP

by Stephanie Fellenstein Published:

Feb. 1

Lantern hike

Join Park Ranger Mike Kosmos to explore the wonders of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park by lantern light. The one-mile hike, which beings at the Kendall Lake Shelter at 7 p.m., will follow along the easy Lake Trail and end at 9 p.m.

Feb. 2

Bird watching: early waterfowl

Park volunteer Dwight Chasar will point out common mergansers and other early-returning waterfowl along the Cuyahoga River. Those interested should meet at the Red Lock Trailhead and the program runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Off the Beaten Path Hike: Ravines at Rest

Explore the Columbia Run ravine and its ridges during the winter from 9 to 11 a.m. Come prepared for hill scrambling and winter weather on this 3-mile exploration which begins at the Columbia Run Picnic Area.

Cross-country ski program: beginners workshop

Learn the basics of cross-country skiing at the beginning workshop which takes place with or without snow. Free ski time will follow approximately two hours of instruction. Dress for the weather and participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment. A limited supply of equipment will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee for the program is $10 with your own equipment or $15 with a three-hour rental. The program will meet at the Kendall Lake Shelter and run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To register, call 330-657-2752.

Feb. 3

Winter Warm-up hike

Meeting at the Everett Road Covered Bridge at 9 a.m., a winter warm-up hike will cover seven miles of the difficult Perkins and Riding Run trails. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. The hike ends at noon.

Feb. 9

Winter Marshlands Hike

Explore Beaver Marsh in the winter. Meet at the Ira Trailhead at 2 p.m. and join a park ranger for an easy 1.5-mile walk along the Towpath Trail. The hike ends at 3:30 p.m.

Feb. 15

Campfire Tales: Whooo's out there?

Listen for owls and hear night stories around an outdoor campfire at Kendall Lake Shelter from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Feb. 16

Junior ranger bird watching

For ages 7 and older, participants should meet at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center from 9 to 11 a.m. Each month, participants and a park ranger will explore a different birding spot. The program counts toward a 2013 badge or patch.

Evergreen Forests snowshoe hike

Join a 2.5-mile moderate showshoe hike over hills and along a scenic plateau from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The fee is $5 per person for snowshoe rental. No advance payment is required and locations will be provided upon registration. To register, call 330-657-2752. When snow is less than four inches, programs are conducted as hikes without snowshoes and are free.

Junior Ranger, Jr.: Marvelous Moon

Winter is a great time to get out and observe the largest "night light" glowing in the evening sky. Explore the moon through activities, stories and a hike in the national park at night. The program runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Winter programs are free and a parent or guardian is required to attend with participating children. To register, call the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center at 330-657-2796 ext. 100.

Feb. 17

Winter Warm-up hike

Hike seven miles of the difficult Buckeye and Valley trails from 9 a.m. to noon. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the National Park Service headquarters.

For a full list of winter activities or for more information on the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, visit www.nps.gov/cuva/index.htm.

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