May 31, 2014 · 9:15 AM
Umstead Park: I-40 side
Weather looks reasonable. Not too warm in morning. Company Mill Trail at Umstead Park is a good Sat morning hike. The standard by which other Triangle hikes are judged. Moderate (rate 3 by THOG standards) Plenty of rocks & roots, plus enough up and down to raise your heart rate. Hiking shoes/boots are good but plenty of people do this in sneakers. Some (me) like hiking sticks for effect on workout. The hike is about 6 miles. We will make a 2.5-3 mph pace and with a few short breaks plan to finish around 11:45. Bring water, 1 L or more. Well behaved (and leashed) dogs allowed, as well as kids that can keep up (kids don't have to be leashed.)
We will be fairly prompt in starting off, so try not to be late. Umstead parking lot might fill up during the crowded Saturday, but we should be ok at 9am.