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Logan Trail

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17.7 Miles 28.5 Kilometers

2,385' 727 m


-2,381' -726 m



Avg Grade (3°)


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1,156' 352 m


716' 218 m


Shared By Kristen Arendt


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The Logan Backpack Trail makes a figure-eight with a north and south loop and is marked with red blazes. 

Kristen Arendt

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This jagged, figure-8 trail is marked with red blazes throughout. The loops converge at the Brush Ridge Fire Tower, which is also considered one of the trailheads. 

The second trailhead can be found below the Pine Lake Dam. Backpackers can camp at the fire tower through reservation at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry. 

The loops of this trail converge at the Brush Ridge Fire Tower where hikers can get a look at the deciduous forest on all sides for miles.  The spillway at Pine Lake and Brush Ridge Fire Tower are considered trailheads for the Logan Backpack Trail. 

The trail is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. There are primitive campsites for backpackers as well as access to the campground.


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Feb 2, 2019
Grant Freese
During winter roads to the fire tower are not up kept, if in a small car or do not have 4 wheel drive, would not recommend winter, or just wait til…
Jan 26, 2018
Andrew Bauer
Oct 13, 2017
Jackie D
North Loop today. Print the detailed trail guide to avoid issues. Do both loops counterclockwise for the most blazes. 8.9mi
Feb 18, 2017
Dave Malott
Jan 28, 2017
Chris Emmons
Wow! 10mi
Oct 15, 2016
Chris Davis
Good variety of scenery and nice hills to roam.

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I ran this trail 1/21/2017. As per the ODNR map at the fire tower the distance of the complete loop is 17.6 miles. A .3 mile connector allows you to do the north and south loops individually. From Pine lake trailhead counterclockwise to N Ridge Rd had a few trees covering the trail but overall the trail was in good shape and easy to follow. Multiple small water crossings and a few steep hills. Jan 22, 2017
Hiked the North loop on 5.19.18...there are some major issues: 1) at least 30 trees down across the trail...some small...most not so small 2) At least 3 places where the trail was on the edge of a fall-off or bank it has washed out or slump down the bank...two were easy enough to deal with...the third (near tar hollow road) added an element of scrambling up a mud embankment. 3) places where there are just no visible blazes...if not for gps it would have been a crap shoot - part of this is likely due to leaf out, but frankly speaking the BT portion of the trail didn't suffer from this issue. 4) the entire western side of the loop has been bulldozed during spring '18 and the dozer line doesn't 100% follow the trail...combined with issue three it makes for some very frustrating searches for the trail. But worse yet the in some places the dozer did not cut any switch backs or erosion prevention features and the operator clearly had stones of diamond....long story long expect some 45 degree climbs and ascents straight up and down a highly eroded dozer track with washout ruts multiple feet deep. final note: trail signage lists the mileage as 8 miles for the north loop, and while that may be true as the crow flies; my garmin fenix 5 tracked it as "longer than 8" (hiking partner recorded similar with hers), while I am sure there is some standard "gps in steep hollow" noise in there I would plan for a hike longer than 8. If you do hike the N loop, carry less water and bring a filter, there are sources everywhere. May 20, 2018

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