Recurring hike series, backpacking outings, and other “leg-power” group activities for all abilities. Our leaders are experienced and provide safe routes, outings guidance,  and welcoming sessions for newer participants.

Annual Winter Getaway scheduled for Feb. 9-12, 2024!!

Winter Getaway Details at this link

Register Here!

The longstanding tradition continues! Enjoy a long weekend of winter nordic activities and camaraderie with friends. COP secures the entire Wilderness Lodge in Wattsburg, PA for our party. The atmosphere is cozy and perfect for a group our size! If the snow is lousy (unlikely), we hike, explore, and enjoy the “lodge experience.”

Proceeds from this gathering will support the hiking & backpacking activities of COP. This weekend also facilitates the planning of those activities for 2023.

Click here for more details and registration links

Updated for 2024 – The “18 Challenge”

The “18 Challenge” is a monthly series of progressively longer hikes that culminate in a challenging 18-mile hike on September 14th at Burr Oak. All hikes are on the 2nd Saturdays of the month and begin at 9am.

Register for one, or all of the hikes at any time. You’ll need to pre-register for hikes in advance in order to be covered by Outdoor Pursuits’ insurance coverage.

2024 Tentative Schedule

  • March 9th – 3 miles
  • April 13th – 6 miles
  • May 11th – 9 miles
  • June 8th – 12 miles
  • July 13th – 14 miles
  • August 10th – 16 miles
  • September 14th – 18 miles

** The July, Aug & Sept hikes include a group camping opportunity for Friday and/or Saturday nights. We recognize these state parks require a longer drive, so COP has reserved group sites for each weekend.  Enjoy the comraderie before and/or after the day’s hike!

“18 Challenge” hikes are free, but COP membership or a $20 donation is suggested to cover costs for volunteer leaders and our insurance needs. Please consider joining COP as a MEMBER.  PLEASE PRE-REGISTER so there’s no delay at the start of the hike.  Two Outdoor Pursuits Hiking Leaders will attend each hike. Leaders contact information can be found in the “more info” link on the registration page.

Find specific hike dates and distances and Register Here for the “18 Challenge.”

Backpacking and Bikepacking Trips

Bikepacking 101 – Preparation Clinics and Weekend Outing

Join Outdoor Pursuits and Trek Gahanna for a beginner-friendly introduction to bikepacking with our two-part clinic series to prep for our bikepacking trip.

Clinics – February 25 and March 24, 5:30 pm, at Trek Gahanna, 1374 N Hamilton Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230

Shakedown Ride – Date & location TBD – The training ride will be meeting at the xxx  at xxx a.m.  Location xxx.  We will ride to xxx (the Senior Center) and return.  (26 miles r/t). Registration Required

Weekend Bikepacking Trip – May 18-19 – Location TBD (Last year’s trip was 29 miles each day.  Registration Required

Clinic Topics:
• The bike
• The gear
• Prepping and training for a trip
• How to pack

Bikepacking Trip Information
Experienced bikepacking leaders will provide guidance and support to first-time bikepackers. The trip from xxx is approximately 29 miles. Rest and lunch opportunities will be available in xxx. Return distance is the same. Ride leaders will distribute detailed ride itineraries during the clinics. Trip Leader is Penny Marchal, 614-562-0983.

Registration is required for the Shakedown Ride and/or the Weekend Outing.

Register Here for Bikepacking 101!