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Evening Hike - Moderate Approximately 3+ miles Hike at Sugarcreek

Come and join Dawn for a moderately paced (2.5 mph) approximately 3 mile hike at the beautiful 618 acre Sugarcreek Metropark. The sun is setting earlier, so we have to start earlier, shorten the hike or carry lights. We'll see what you think of this mixed up but shorter route to accommodate the shortening daylight.

Some of us like to hit Chipotle after the hike for dinner. This is not required, but all are welcome to join in. Please let me know if you're interested in grabbing dinner after the hike.

The route may vary from week to week. In general, this hike often includes multiple stream crossings and a number of this park's highlights, such as the Big Woods loop, the Osage Orange Tree Tunnel, three 550 year old oak trees known as the Three Sisters, a lovely grass prairie which blooms in late summer/early fall with beautiful wildflowers, the spring lakes and/or the beech woods forest area. I usually test run the hike in advance to confirm the mileage, but for this hike I will aim for about 3 miles, give or take a little. Come! Relax, unwind after work, and get some exercise in a beautiful setting.

Heads up!: If we do the Big Woods Loop, it would be a small part of the hike (approx. 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile), but it can be buggy and it has done a fair bit a growing thanks to all the rain earlier in the season. The side growth of greenery has become more dense in that area and is encroaching a bit on the trail (whereas most of the trails we'll do are wide open and well-cleared, this one is not as well maintained). The trail is still clear and easily walked. But, if you're really sensitive to plant life and don't want it to occasionally brush your legs, you may want to wear light pants or gaiters. Also, because of the additional foliage and low creek water, a light coating of bug repellent is probably a good idea. On one of my recent hikes here, some folks didn't wear any and had no problems. Others were spraying their legs midway through the big woods loop. 

Sun is setting earlier and we cannot afford to wait for latecomers to start the hike. Please plan to be on-time. The projected sunset for this hike is 7:16 p.m. So, I've had to shorten the hike to approximately 3 miles. 

For these hikes, I am a "firm believer in the hereafter"

In other words:

"Be Here On Time or You'll Be Here After"

IF you do arrive late, and you want to try and catch the group, go right out the blue trail, turn left at 14 to go down the stone steps, turn left on the blue/green trail and wait there. This week we're not doing the Big Woods Loop (unless everyone wants to up this hike to 4 miles and carry flashlights cuz it'll be getting really dusky by 7:45 and dark by 7:55. Fact. I tested it Monday night.) So, this will be the best place to catch us if late.  

The Legal Stuff: Your hike leader is just a fellow member volunteer. By participating in this hike, you assume all risks of liability and injury inherent in hiking activities. You are responsible for your own safety and for determining if you are in a condition fit to participate. You are also responsible for knowing and abiding by all laws and park rules during your participation on this hike. You must be 18 y/o to participate on this hike or be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is responsible for you.  Please be advised that all hikers using the trail after sunset and before sunrise should carry a light with them to provide safe passage (in some parks, this is mandated by law). It is expected that we will return by sunset. But, unexpected things happen. Guests of members are welcome, but please RSVP +# so I can have a good head count on who is coming and how many I'm looking to find before we start. Finally, in parks where they are permitted, dogs are welcomed on my hikes as long as they are well-behaved and on a leash.

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  • Dawn

    Thank you all! And Rick... Nice photo. ;)

    October 3, 2013

    • kristen

      Photoshop friends, can you help me lose about 20 lbs ??? :-)

      1 · October 3, 2013

    • Kathie H.

      Me too - but make it 30 pounds.

      October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    6:08 - just got home from work - looks like I'll be hiking alone tonight.

    October 2, 2013

    • Dawn

      Glad you found us!

      October 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You can run, but you can't hide...

      2 · October 3, 2013

  • Kathie H.

    I'm running out of accolades and the hikes keep getting better and better. Not to mention the company. And the after-hikes at Chipotle are a laugh riot.

    2 · October 3, 2013

  • Rick B.

    Another fine hike led by Dawn

    1 · October 3, 2013

  • Patricia

    Great hike. Thanks, Dawn.

    1 · October 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone bring their dogs? Mine went camping with me and loved hiking! I have 2 small dogs.

    October 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Guess I'll find a different griup

      October 2, 2013

    • Dawn

      Amy, I'm sorry to see this message. We are a fun group. What gave you the wrong impression? I was just concerned that your dogs might not enjoy it or you might not if they had not had the experience of hiking in a large group. It can be tough for dogs.

      1 · October 2, 2013

  • Vicky

    Another great hike. Thanks Dawn for organizing.

    1 · October 2, 2013

  • kristen

    The weds evening hike is my favorite. The whole group is a lot of fun !!

    1 · October 2, 2013

  • Dawn

    Something to think about before you decide to bring a dog on these hikes. There are typically 20-25 people on my hikes. That can be intimidating or overwhelming for the dogs... Even ones who are normally very social. We do cross streams oftentimes which some dogs have difficulty with. You will need to keep them out from under your fellow hikers' feet. And, you need to pick up after them. Also, keep in mind it may be getting dark on the return trip. If you don't have a headlamp, you'll need a hand free to hold your flashlight. Just some food for thought.

    October 2, 2013

  • Vicky

    Hi Dawn-Just want to let you know I'll be in Bowling Green (OH) this afternoon until 4 and may not make it back in time for your wonderful, stupendous hike-though I am going to really try. Hope to see you all later, but if not, have an awesome time!

    1 · October 2, 2013

    • Dawn

      You can do it. Bring your hiking stuff with you.

      October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, both my friend and I had something come up tonight.

    October 2, 2013

    • Dawn

      We'll miss you

      October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I didn't mean to upload the photo.. Was trying to change my photo. Sorry, new to all this.

    October 1, 2013

    • Dawn

      No problem... I was wondering about that. <g>

      October 2, 2013

  • Lisa E

    I am disappointed looks like I might not be able to make it tomorrow. I was looking forward to it. I t really depends on my work circumstances.

    October 1, 2013

    • Dawn

      If you can make it at the last minute, please feel free to come on down.

      October 1, 2013

  • Kathie H.

    Dawn, unless we're trading cars, you'll have to change back to your Dobie car. I have been "requested" to return to Cleveland and I won't be back until Thursday or Friday. Bummer. Have a Chipotle burritto bowl for me.

    September 30, 2013

    • Dawn

      Will miss you. I hope all is well.

      October 1, 2013

  • Lisa E

    Hi All, Looking forward to attending my first meetup with Dayton Hikers ! Just hope I can keep up :)

    2 · September 29, 2013

    • Dawn

      If you need a break, just let us know. We won't leave you in the woods alone.

      1 · September 30, 2013

    • Lisa E

      Thanks Dawn :)

      September 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hopefully my friend will be coming-depends on if she gets out of work on time.

    1 · September 18, 2013

    • Dawn

      Hope so, too.

      September 23, 2013

  • Dawn

    Welcome back, Mark. Glad to hear the leg is better.

    September 15, 2013

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