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    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    Nice report Mike, thanks for sharing. Who went with you on the trip?

    And why didn't you clear that trail, that was a small log. Your strong enough, just throw it off to the side.
    Oh I could have easily thrown that to the side but I don't like to show off. My absolute favorite person on the planet met up with me for the hike but he is a ghost and prefers to stay that way.
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    A place of great inspiration

    If Wildcat Hollow and the Wildcat Trail are the same then that's a special place for me. Based on your description, I believe they are the same. Back in 1999 the Wildcat Trail was roughly a 13 mile loop about 2 hours southeast of Columbus. I hiked it three times in preparation for my 2000 thru. I was on the Wildcat Trail when I first had the idea for the Packa. Good Times, nice hike, thanks for sharing.
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    hey hammike-!
    cool report.. sounds like the hollow will make for a good group hang session.
    (i'll be sure to keep up on the dates)
    great to hear about the skeeters--- we were getting pegged unrelentingly a stones-throw
    away on the zaleski trail.

    burr oak sounds cool too--- especially with the HEAT. musta been nice to cool off!
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    Great report and glad you had fun. I like the new avatar too.

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    Great pics HamMike and thanks for scouting it out. Not too far from me either.
    Them red-wing blackbirds are famous for chattering you to death hunting rabbits during the day...
    My OU journalism boy did a photo shoot for Wayne Natl. Forest at Lake Vesuvius (In same area) and said it was awesome. Beautiful water and a Lake Trail around and another above it. Might be worth checking out...
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    Thanks for the report and pics. Hit Lake Vesuvius (the southern end of The Wayne) last summer and hitting Wildcat Hollow (the northern end) in a few days. Thanks for "breaking in" the trail.
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    Made it down last weekend. Stormed the entire time, so the trip was kind of boring. I'll echo the accounts of fallen trees and overgrown trail. I zipped my pant legs on after the first mile or so of wading through thorns cut up my shins.

    On the bright side, the trail layout makes a lot of sense. There weren't a lot of steep climbs. Switchbacks made sense and once you get to a ridgetop, you stay there for a while before plunging back into a hollow. Wish I could say the same for many of the state park hiking trails, which contain a lot of ups and downs. With all of the water and flash flooding in the area this trip would have been a nightmare with steep ups and downs.

    No wildlife sightings to speak of (besides a toad). They were smart enough to stay out of the rain, thunder and lightning. I'd definitely go back and hope for better weather.
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