It was a very warm afternoon last Sunday, but that did not deter the dozen determined hikers who came to explore the beauty of Cleveland Hill, on a section of the Bristol Hills FLT branch, also shared by the BSA Camp Warren Cutler. While we saw no trace of the legendary General Cleveland what we did find was a well maintained trail, some lovely views or the Bristol Valley, and numerous flying foes. We welcomed two hikers new to our group, Kathy and James.
A small group of three headed northeast toward the beaver pond to enjoy some gentler terrain. Under Mark’s leadership, another group made their summit attempt from the south access on a less challenging slope. Melissa led the remaining seven hikers up the steeper north side. Elevation achieved, 2210 feet. Along the route we observed some activity by an environmental agency, thinning out some of the oaks to make room for new growth. Along the trail, James pointed out several species of oaks and pines he had learned in his wilderness course. We passed several side trails that connect to the Boy Scout camping area, but opted not to add to our mileage.
The two climbing groups met near the overlook at the top where Mark so graciously surrendered his keys to those who would have had to road walk for a mile plus. Gene also pitched in and transported the long hikers back to their vehicles. Many thanks for saving us from a steamy slog up CR 33.
View from the overlook, well worth the climb.
Following our hike, many folks gathered at Brew and Brats in Bristol Springs for some excellent refreshments. Thanks to John French, the owner, for being a very accommodating host.