Weekly Evening/Night Hike - Moderate Approx. 3-4 miles at Grant Park

Adding in some different local parks for a little more variety on Wednesday nights. Come and hike with Dawn at the Grant Park with its lovely woods, running streams and open prairies. We'll combine the red, blue, yellow and brown trails for approximately a 3 to 4 mile hike.

I plan to hike every Wednesday varying between the local parks for variety as long as the parks remain open to us in the evenings and weather permitting (I *do* hike in the snow, but recommend poles and cleats for snow/ice hikes). I may hike in a light rain. I will NOT hike in heavy rain, thunder or lightning. Sugarcreek & Cox Arboretum park hours are open till 10:00 p.m. thru October 31st and till 8:00 p.m. during the winter months till April 1st. Grant Park, Bill Yeck and Spring Lakes park hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset year round. Some parks require a headlamp if hiking there after dark.

We do not wait for latecomers to start these hikes. So, please plan to arrive and be geared up ready to START hiking at 6:30. Don't just be arriving at that time. 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 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. If you have any doubts, you should consult your doctor. 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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  • Dawn

    Yes, my friends, skosche is a word. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=skosche

    May 1, 2014

  • Vicky

    Awesome hike tonight- crisp weather, nice park, incredible fellow hikers and incredible hike leader! Even the mud was fun!

    2 · April 30, 2014

    • Dawn

      I added you to the attendance

      April 30, 2014

  • Kathie H.

    This was the greatest group of hikers ever! 20 very brave souls spotted with mud splashes and we all had fun. Truly a wonderful hike with terrific people.

    3 · April 30, 2014

  • Patty

    Fun, sloshy hike. Thanks Dawn! Enjoyed the company of fellow hikers and the weather was crisp.

    2 · April 30, 2014

  • Rick S

    Man am I going to miss the mud. I like rain to. See you all next week. Emergency came up.

    1 · April 30, 2014

    • Dawn

      I wondered when I saw you cancelled... Rick wimped out?

      1 · April 30, 2014

    • Dawn

      You missed an awesome hike.20 of us had a blast in the mud.

      April 30, 2014

  • Dawn

    If you're missing something after the hike... Don't panic... Your hike leader found them in the parking lot. Contact me and describe to claim.

    April 30, 2014

  • Danielle J.

    I will be running too late. Really wanted to make this one :(.

    1 · April 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ian
    Hi; I just moved to the area and joined the group. This will be my first hike. I looked at the park map and saw there are a couple of entrances -- is this hike starting at the Normandy entrance or McEwen? The description seems to match Normandy, but the address is for the McEwen entrance.

    April 30, 2014

  • Mark

    My son and grand daughter are stopping by to visit so I am cancelling today's hike. Stay safe and dry!

    April 30, 2014

  • Dawn

    It *will* be muddy tonight! If you have them, trekking poles and gaiters are recommended! The pace may be a little slower at times due to traction in the muck. Plan to allow an extra 15-20 minutes.

    April 30, 2014

  • Derek J.

    I plan on hiking tonight despite any rain or mud. (I won't hike in torrential downpours or lightning though.) Please don't cancel the hike - I'll be happy to lead it, though it might be necessary to move it up the hill to Cox.

    1 · April 30, 2014

    • Dawn

      Deal. Forecast does call 40% chance of showers from 4-5. No rain at the time of the hike.

      April 30, 2014

  • Danielle J.

    Hi will we be crossing any creeks?

    April 30, 2014

    • Dawn

      There are no stone step type stream crossings in this park like at Yeck & Sugarcreek. But, be forewarned with all the rain, it will get mucky in places.

      April 30, 2014

  • Mark

    this morning's forecast is more promising...

    1 · April 30, 2014

    • Dawn

      From your lips to God's ears.

      April 30, 2014

  • Karen

    Darn it........was really looking forward to a new park!

    April 29, 2014

    • Dawn

      We'll be back to this park next month. I'm rotating 4 parks for more variety on our Wednesdays.

      1 · April 30, 2014

  • Terri

    Sorry to cancel have to work .

    April 28, 2014

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