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Moderate 3-Mile Evening Hike at Bill Yeck Park

With the earlier setting sun... this is probably the last time we go to Bill Yeck on a Wednesday night for the season until daylight lengthens again.

Come and Join Dawn on a moderately-paced (2.5 mph) evening hike for approximately 3 miles on the yellow trail through Bill Yeck Park. The park is a 194-acre natural area along 1.75 miles of Sugar Creek. Relax, unwind after work, and get some exercise in a beautiful setting. 

Some folks choose to hit Chipotle up the street for dinner after the hike. This is not a required activity, but all are welcome to participate. Please let me know if you'd be interested in going. Please feel free to join us for the camraderie even if not ordering/eating. It's just a relaxed time to socialize off the trail.

Even with starting 15 minutes earlier this week, the sun WILL set BEFORE we get back and it will be dusky, twilight or darker hiking for the last 15-20 minutes. Per the CWPD, "daylight hours" means we have from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Sunset is projected for 6:47 p.m. per Sunrise & Sunset Calendar Our hike is scheduled to end at 7:15 (though we usually roll in about 7:10)  

• ***BRING A LIGHT*** 

• (Headlamp or handheld flashlight)

About the limit on Attendees, I am limiting attendance to 15 people because the parking lot is fairly small.  If this hike fills and a wait list forms (which usually happens), and if folks are willing to arrange carpools, I will add to the number of attendees allowed for each person carpooling *with somebody who is already coming and taking up a parking space*.

We will meet in the small parking lot at the McGuffey Meadow Entrance off Wilmington Pike. Parking is limited there, so carpooling is encouraged. Disregard the wrong auto-generated map that comes up for this address. Use:

Sun is setting earlier (it is projected to set at 6:47 p.m. for this hike) and we cannot afford to wait for latecomers to start the hike. Please plan to be on-time, geared up and READY TO START HIKING at 6:00 p.m. For these hikes, I am a "firm believer in the hereafter".

In other words:
"Be Here On Time or You'll Be Here After"

The park is treasured by hikers, bird watchers, and nature enthusiasts and harbors many rare species of plant life, providing a home to a variety of animals in every season. Fossils from the Ordovician period can be found in Sugar Creek which flows through the park. The park connects with other parks and wildlife areas creating a large corridor of green space that extends from St. Leonard Center to the Little Miami River. This unbroken wooded area makes the park's wildlife abundant and varied.

Another feature of the park is the Tri-centennial Time-Trail. Established during the Centerville-Washington Township bi-centennial in 1996, the time trail is a tract of land representing 100 years of natural succession. Each year another unmown section is added, creating a trail showing how a field turns into a forest. The latest addition to the park is the former Victor and Mary Jane Smith property along Centerville Station Road. The 37-acre site includes a historic home and corn crib, meadow, and woods.

Bill Yeck Park was originally named Sugar Valley Park. The name was changed in 1996 in honor of William S. Yeck, the Father of the Park District. Bill's main interest was in nature parks and he spent a lot of time in this park.

As you hike through the park, you may find evidence of what this area was like in the 1800's. Standing on the observation deck at Rooks Mill Lane, look across the creek to see the former location of the J. Murphy sawmill which was built around 1830. Look up at the flat area on the other side of the creek to see where the mill race used to power the mill was located. Hike the yellow trail and discover the Abner Stevens well and cabin site, once situated by a lost road that ran from Sugar Ridge Lane along the creek to the 1817 Neil-Tucker Grist Mill north of the Park. The well's above-ground wall was rebuilt in 1984. In the far northwest corner of the park is another abandoned well on the Thomas Miller property whose dwelling was located here in 1851.

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. Children: You must be 18 y/o to participate on this hike or be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is responsible for you.  If bringing a child, please make sure that he or she is old enough and experienced enough to hike the full trail, to keep up with the group and to behave appropriately so that they do not disturb the other hikers. Sorry, but no infants, toddlers or children under 10 years old. As the adult responsible for bringing a child, you agree to the waivers and "legal stuff" on behalf of such child and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless your hike leader, group organizer and Dayton Hikers from any liability whatsoever for the child's presence at and/or participation on this hike.  Lighting: 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). Guests: Guests of members are welcome, but they MUST READ and agree to the "legal stuff" and Dayton Hikers Legal Waivers page to participate. By coming on this hike as a guest, each guest represents that he or she has read and agreed to the "legal stuff" and the waivers. Also, by bringing a guest, you represent and warrant that you have notified your guest of the waivers and "legal stuff", that your guest has agreed to same and you agree to indemnify and hold harmless your hike leader, group organizer and Dayton Hikers from any liability whatsoever for the guest's presence at and/or participation on this hike. 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. Dogs: Finally, in parks where they are permitted, dogs are welcomed on my hikes as long as they are well-behaved and on a leash no more than 6' long, no flexies. You are responsible to pick up after them during the hike and to keep them from disturbing the other hikers. Please keep in mind that my hikes tend to have a fairly large number of hikers. If your dog has not experienced hiking in a large group, it may be overwhelming, even if your dog is normally sociable. 

Be sure to read the Legal Waivers you agreed to when you joined Dayton Hikers and to which you agree each time you sign up for a hike. Here is a courtesy link: Legal Waivers Page

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  • Rick B.


    1 · October 24, 2013

  • Terri

    Sorry must cancel tonight

    October 23, 2013

    • Dawn

      So sorry to hear that. We'll miss you.

      1 · October 23, 2013

  • Gina

    Does the hike go on rain or shine?

    October 23, 2013

    • Dawn

      Light rain yes. Downpour/Thunder/Lightni­ng no. Rocks at the stream crossings will be wet. Sticks are advisable. It will get dark. Lights are necessary.

      October 23, 2013

    • kristen m.

      I Wont be able to be there - nothing went right !! Lol... Hoping tho that I can meet you at chipotle...) So, if someone wants to call me as to when you are done with the hike, I can meet you there... ??

      October 23, 2013

  • Cindy W

    There is a good chance a kid-related thing will interfere. I'll open up a spot, and join you if I can, and there's an opening. Have fun

    October 23, 2013

    • Dawn

      Hope you can make it.

      1 · October 23, 2013

  • eileen n.

    Dawn, I was looking forward to it, but will not be able to make it. Hope to see you on a weekend instead! Eileen

    October 23, 2013

    • Dawn

      That is no problem. But please go to the site and change your RSVP to "no". If you just put it in the comments, it does not free up your spot for another hiker. Thank you.

      1 · October 23, 2013

  • John T.

    Hi Eileen and others. If you're not going, please cancel online at meetup. There's a waiting list for this hike. Thank you!

    October 23, 2013

  • kristen m.

    I wish i could say that i am definitely coming but a lot of things have to swing in my favor...

    October 22, 2013

    • Dawn

      We'll miss you. How are the feet doing? Blisters healed?

      1 · October 22, 2013

    • kristen m.

      Most of the "blisters" turned out to be callouses. But on my heel, ugh. its a blood blister...Thicker socks will help... I pop them, but ...neosporin to the rescue !! And a big band-aid !!

      1 · October 22, 2013

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