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Picture of Log path cut into a hill

I live in a historic home along the Rocky River. For the past 9 years living in our home, we couldn't access the river due to the slope of the hill leading to it. We had a few trees come down this year with a heavy wind storm so I decided it was time to make a path, using the downed trees as the steps.I didn't want a path that looked commercial but something that blended in with the historic neighborhood and the character that it holds.

It took me 3 months to complete, all by hand. No excavator, No trencher, just hand tools, a chainsaw, and lots of sweat, and lots of bandaids for a cut that wouldn't stop when I tipped over a load of mulch.

I wanted my family to be able to enjoy the natural beauty of the River on our property. Here is my journey.

Step 1: Clearing the path

Picture of Clearing the path

To start, I had to clear the hill of all the undergrowth. I cut up the downed trees, cleared the brush, and started cutting out all of the little shrubs and trees in the pathway. There were also a ton of old branches and brush from years past that I had put on the hill from other projects. That also got moved out of the way and piled on the sides.

The tree trunks were cut into 3 foot lengths where I could. The rest was chunked up into firewood size to be split. I did get a new safety helmet out of the build. My daughter is modeling it in the picture.

I used an axe, sledge hammer, and splitting wedges to halve the 3 foot logs for steps.

Nice work! I used to love building hill paths in OH & PA. PA led down to a city recreational park. It was great with a pool! Kids can catch crawdads under stones in a mild current. Great on the grill! Grew up near Rocky River in Cleveland.
What a gorgeous area! You did so well with it. :)
How do you keep the logs from being slippery? In our climate, they would soon be covered in moss and algae, making it a quick trip to the bottom in damp weather!
Haunted Spider (author)  Cheese Queen4 days ago
To avoid being slippery, I put stone between the steps so there woudn't be mud or standing water. You really step on the stone and the logs hold the stone in place. The faces of the logs can get slippery if it just rained but since the standing water is gone, it doesn't stay wet long. I also just purchased some 4x4s and am going to put a rope railing up just in case a little one loses their balance.
"the kids rode back up the hill in the container" that is unbelievable---dad of the year award to you!!
sparrland6 days ago
Your awesomeness takes my breath away. I can’t believe you never gave up. Someone said what a great gift to your kids. They were so right about that. And your whole family.
sabu.dawdy7 days ago
Great job. U deserve a win
Zimmen9 days ago
Woah, this must have been quite a work out. I was already impressed by the hill down to the river where the path was created but then I saw the picture of the hill back up to the house ....

What an amazing gift to your kids!
Haunted Spider (author)  Zimmen8 days ago
It was indeed a work out. Hence why it wasn't just a weekend project. :)
You sound like a dedicated Dad, your children are very lucky. You've created something that is beautiful and the many memories your children will take with them for the rest of their lives will be shared with there children. Well done.
Nick705879 days ago
That looks like a serious effort. Good job!
wibbel49 days ago
Great project!!!
Sweet!!!And creative!
nithinreddy1 made it!10 days ago