April 14- Harper Ridge Picnic Area

Along Tinker's Creek.

Today I hiked 20 miles to the Harper Ridge Picnic area in the Bedford section. I got a late start today. I didn't hit the trail until 11:00am. I began the hike at the northern junction of the Little Loop of the Buckeye Trail where the Medina, Akron and Bedford sections meet.

The route today was mostly in the woods on a soil footpath. This was a pleasant surprise. If you look at a map of where I hiked I was surrounded by Cleveland suburbia. I hiked in what is called the "Emerald Necklace". The Cleveland Metroparks are called the "Emerald Necklace" since they form a nearly complete ring around the Cleveland communities.

Paul "Used To Could" Lynch hiked with me for a few miles today. We were chatting and not paying attention and missed a turn. By the time we realized it we were a half mile off the Buckeye Trail. We back tracked to nearest blue blaze. From there we found the turn we missed. For the rest of the day I kept a keen eye out for blazes.

The highlights today were Bridal Veil Falls and Tinkers Creek.

I finished the hike around 7:15pm. Earlier we stashed a car at the Harper Ridge Picnic Area. I drove back to Paul's house and spent the night there.

Map To Harper Ridge Picnic Area: http://m.google.com/u/m/w8RjdY