Chat Blanc  LbNA # 58079

Placed DateMay 30 2011
LocationNorth Chagrin Reservation, Mayfield Village, OH
Found By Blaze
Last Found Oct 22 2013
Hike Distance?

Difficulty: mostly moderate, up and downhill, partly challenging. Not recommended for young children.
Time: about an hour.

Go to the Wilson Mills Trail Head of Cleveland Metroparks' North Chagrin Reservation. This can be reached by taking I-271 to the Wilson Mills exit and turning east on Wilson Mills Road. After the traffic light at the intersection of Rt. 91 (SOM Center Rd.) you will begin a downhill descent of around 2 miles. Just before reaching a "T" at the 3-way stop sign, you will see a sign for the Wilson Mills Trail Head on the left. Park in this lot.

Begin walking north on the paved all-purpose trail. This is a good cardio activity! After ascending all the way to the top, turn right at the "traffic circle" and continue northward a bit on the paved road until you see a wide dirt trail on your right. Take this connector trail, then turn right onto the Buckeye/bridle trail.

Follow this blue-blazed dirt trail as it meanders in a S/SE direction through the forest. You will pass over 2 culverts with wooden railings on both sides. Twice, the trail curves sharply to the left, then right. After the second right-hand curve you will walk steeply downhill. When you reach the bottom of the hill, you will hear rippling water on the left and see a stone retaining wall beside it. Just after this, there is a narrow hidden trail, also on the left side of the trail you are on. (I do NOT mean the side trail that goes down to the water; the trail you want is just after that.) Part the branches and begin climbing the rooted "stairway" up the ridge.

This twisty trail up the ridge will come to a clearing at the top. See a medium sized hemlock tree close by on the right, and behind it a skinny fallen tree? The skinny tree is pointing in the direction of a large hemlock in the clearing. Walk down to that tree; le chat blanc is hiding in a recess in back of this tree, behind some sticks and bark.

To return to your car, take the rooted stairway back down to the Buckeye/bridle trail, turn left, and follow it to the parking lot.