About Hawn SP:
Hawn State Park is one of the loveliest parks in a system full of lovely parks. Clear, sand-bottomed streams, wild areas ripe with orchids and awe-inspiring views combine to make Hawn a place that Missourians treasure. Geology buffs love Pickle Creek for the number of exposed rock types. Hikers frequent the Whispering Pine Wild Area for its quiet trails with expansive views. Bird watchers flock to the park for its variety of birds. And there are plenty of quiet spaces for people to get away and enjoy the outdoors.
We will leave Chicago after work on Friday 3/28 and drive to Hawn State Park in Missouri. This should be about a 5.5 hour drive from Chicago. Campsites at Friday's campground will accommodate 6 people per site and there is a two night minimum on the weekends. Sites are $13.50 each (total $54 for two sites/two nights split among 10 people). ($5.40/person for sites that I will reserve in advance) (P.S. I have never been here before so come scope it out with me!)
Saturday morning we will begin hiking by 9am on the Whispering Pines Trail. We will hike counter clockwise along the red loop somewhere around 6 miles and camp at 1 of the 3 backpack sites.
There is potential for additional day hiking once we pitch camp.
Sunday morning we will continue on the Blue Loop to return to the trailhead and our cars (about 3-4 miles). Hopefully, we can find a sweet brewery or lunch spot so we can celebrate the adventure on the way home.
All who attend this trip are responsible for printing their own maps, being aware of the itinerary, pitching in for gas money for their driver, and bringing their own equipment.
You will need your own sleeping gear, cooking gear, food, and tool for water treatment or coordinate sharing or borrowing ahead of time. You will carry all of this on your back so just pack the necessities.
Though I have posted this trip, you are ultimately responsible for your own safety.
Remember you will be packing out what you pack in.