Jan 4, 2014 · 11:00 AM
Blue Mound State Park
We will be heading out to the Blue Mounds State park and hiking at night with nothing but candles to guide us. We will be leaving Chicago early Saturday morning and coming back Sunday after getting some nice hot breakfast. We will be camping at the campground, which means it will be cold. You will need to have cold weather gear. We will be testing out various methods and gear for keeping warm. Hopefully there will be snow so that we can make a snow shelter.
However...if it is extremely cold/windy/snowy there is an option to get a hotel room instead.
$5.00 non-refundable meet-up fee
Cost of campsite/hotel and firewood to be split among participants
Cost of gas/vehicle sticker to be split among carpools
Candlelight ski/hike. Ski one trail, hike or snowshoe on another! Ski 1 mile groomed candlelit loops and / or snowshoe or hike 3/4 mile candlelit loop. Guided hikes at 6 and 7 p.m. by park naturalist. (Leashed pets allowed on the hike / snowshoe loop only. Sorry - No pets on ski trails) If there is no snow all lit trails will be open for hiking – weather & trail conditions permitting. Stay warm in the Friends Shelter or by the Bonfire! Free hot drinks, marshmallows and roasting sticks provided by: The Friends of Blue Mound State Park. Brats, chili, hot dogs and baked goods for sale by “Kathy’s Kause” fundraiser for the M.S. Society. A daily or annual park admission sticker is required on all vehicles entering the park, which can be purchased the night of the event. Trail passes will be waived the night of the event.
Blue Mound State Park is just north of the Village of Blue Mounds, about 25 miles west of Madison via US Highway 18/151. From Highway 18/151, go north on County Highway F and turn left on County Highway ID into Blue Mounds. Go west on Highway ID about a half mile to Mounds Road. Turn right (north) and follow Mounds Road north through town. (Mounds Road becomes Mounds Park Road once you leave the village.) The park entrance is one mile north of the intersection of Highway ID and Mounds Road. Geographic coordinates are 43° 1' 28" N, 89° 50' 28" W.