This is being posted as a SPEED HIKE. If you are not familiar with Speed Hiking, please CLICK HERE to read the FAQ's and learn all about Speed Hiking. Basically, this is a very brisk paced hike designed for fitness purposes. This is not a stroll in the woods, if there are any breaks, they will be very short. If you can not keep up at a minimum of 3.5 mph for the entire hike, then this hike is not for you, we will not wait for you - you know this prior to signing up.
This will be a brisk paced hike at 3.5 mph. We will start at the sledding Hill Parking lot and head Clockwise on this hike, sticking on the orange trail. At the dam, we will head out to the TVT and hike up to the cedars where the clearing is, and take a 5 - 10 minute break there before returning back to Germantown and finishing up the orange trail. We need to leave the parking lot PROMPTLY at 5:45 pm and hike at 3.5 mph in order to finish up the hike by 9:30. We will have Twilight until 9:41 that night, and it is one of the longest daylight days of the year, being so close to the solstice. The moon rises early that night, so we will have light, and it will be almost full (Full moon is 6/23).
This hike will celebrate the grand opening of the TVT, which will be turning 5 years old now on 6/21 (opened on 6/21/08), and a send off hike for me, wishing me well, or simply calling me crazy as I leave the next day for the EGGS 40 mile hike taking place on Saturday at noon for 24 at Wildcat Hollow and Burr Oak SP.
I will be posting this on Team Green as well and limiting the group size to about 10 hardy hikers.
If you can not keep up with the pace, we will not wait - so you should plan on hiking only the orange loop and be familiar with that route if we move too far ahead of you before the TVT turn off. This is not out of meanness, it is simply letting you know up front what you are getting into. This is my LAST training hike before my 40 MILE TREK on the EGGS Hike on Satruday the 22nd, and I am working on pacing, that is why the pace is set at 3.5 mph.
Bring a headlamp just in case, carry water, as it may be warm, and as always - proper footwear and trekking poles are recommended.