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Backpack Conditioning Hike @ New Hope Overlook @ Jordan Lake

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  • March 16, 2013 • 9:00 AM.

• New Hope Overlook Recreation Area.
Time to train for your epic 2013 backpack adventures! Let’s hike the Red Trail counterclockwise at the New Hope Overlook area of Jordan Lake. The trail is posted as a 5.4 mile loop (5.1 miles by my GPS). The trail follows the shoreline of the peninsula with pastoral lake views for much of the loop this time of year. The hike is strenuous due to many short but steep hills and a 2-3mph pace for a ~2 hour trip including breaks. We will regroup at trail forks with several stops for overlooks, water/snacks and photos. Recommended: backpacks (loaded to full weight), hiking boots, trecking poles, water, snacks, raingear and layers appropriate for the weather (for easy delayering as you warm up). Not recommended: children or dogs.
Please only RSVP if you are definitely able to attend: no shows and last minute cancellations will be noted. From US 64, turn south (LEFT from Cary/Apex) (RIGHT from Pittsboro) on Beaver Creek Road/SR1008 and continue for three miles. Turn right onto Pea Ridge Road and continue for 2.2 miles. Turn right onto W. H. Jones Rd, continue .1 miles to park entrance. After entering the park, pass the booth (closed with no fee this time of year), turn right (to avoid the campsites) and you will soon see the parking lot on your left. We will meet in the first parking lot on your left near the trailhead. Please call my cell if you are running late (919) 802-0360. Tyler's Tap room is recommended for adult beverages apres hike!
New Hope Overlook map:

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  • Steve H

    I added street address and GPS location to trip description. Feel free to call if any questions. Looks like great hiking weather tomorrow -- see you at the trailhead!

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • AL (Another L.

    Hold everything. (I am locationally challenged)
    That address is what was provided but it looks like it ends up at the offices, not New Hope Overlook. Here is the map to the overlook. Geez, hope my "helping" does not mess anyone up. Most likely, you all have been there before and don't need this.

    Accurate map link to New Hope Overlook:,-78.75412&spn=0.153196,0.220757

    March 15, 2013

    • Steve H

      Thanks AL careful link you shared does not work for me! I added GPS coordinates to trip description. Destination is W.H.Jones Road.

      March 15, 2013

  • AL (Another L.

    FYI - Since I have never hiked here and am NOT a morning person, I decided to look it up on the map to be sure I could find it tomorrow.
    I have it locked and loaded in my nav.
    This is the info I used.
    Address: 280 State Park Road
    City: Apex
    State: N.C.
    Zip: 27523
    Distance: 35 minutes from downtown Raleigh

    March 15, 2013

  • Kevin


    March 14, 2013

  • Heidi

    Unfortunately I have to work

    March 10, 2013

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