Weekly Evening/Night Hike - Moderate Approx. 3 miles at Cox Arboretum

Adding in some different local parks for a little more variety on Wednesday nights. Come and hike with Dawn at the beautiful Cox Arboretum. We'll combine the red, blue and yellow trails for approximately a 3-mile hike. And for those who want to, we'll also climb up the tower for a pretty view of the park on high.

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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  • Robin Y.

    I wonder if I'm ever going to get to one of these. I was at work until 7....meh. Sorry I couldn't change my status. I'm glad you all enjoyed the hike. Maybe one day...*sigh*

    June 13

  • Kathie H.

    Another great Dawn-led hike -- though I have no idea how she found all those hills!

    1 · June 11

    • Dawn

      They were right where I left them the last time. LOL If you want to avoid most of the hills, you have to do that park clockwise.

      June 13

  • Lisa La R.

    It was a good hike. I really enjoyed it.

    1 · June 12

    • Dawn

      Great! Maybe you'll join us again next week? We'll be at Sugarcreek.

      June 13

  • Vickie S

    Good hiking with everyone tonight! It's been a while since I did a Wednesday evening hike.

    1 · June 11

    • Dawn

      Yeah, and we've missed you!!! Gonna come out next week?

      June 13

  • Terri

    10 stars for You Dawn Garrett for stopping the rain and finding hard hills at Cox and climbing all the stairs at tree house. Thanks For a great night of hiking!

    1 · June 11

  • sally t.

    I had to work late. Will try again next week!

    June 11

    • Dawn

      Hope to see you!

      June 11

  • Larry S.

    Dawn I ended up with 3.52 on mapmyhike to where we started

    2 · June 11

  • Andy N.

    This hike is a go with or without Dawn. The sun is shining and there are patches of blue sky. I hope you can make it Dawn.

    1 · June 11

    • Dawn

      I have made it past the accident. Finally. Current estimate for me to reach Arboretum by way of stopping at my place is 6:19 as long as there are no more accidents or interference, I should just have time to put on my gear and make it there for 630. Let's hope the weather holds.

      June 11

  • Dawn

    I am headed back but will be tight to the wire for making the hike if the weather holds. There is apparently an accident 9 miles ahead of me on the highway which is causing indications of a significant delay and no particularly good route to avoid it. I will keep you posted.

    June 11

  • Dawn

    The sky keeps changing between grey and starting to clear. I think it's trying to taunt me about whether to cancel or not. Unfortunately, the forecast from 630 to 730 calls for a 65 percent chance of thunderstorms during that hour. I am somehow not at all optimistic. I'm really thinking Tuesday is looking like a better night for my weekly hikes.

    June 11

    • Dawn

      I was feeling pretty ornery like bucking nature and keeping the hike going anyway. So I'm glad to hear either way it will go forward. I've been waiting this one out because of what happened last week. I wish I had not cancelled then, although the streams were probably impassable. Right now, I'm driving with blue skies and Sun. However the Doppler says otherwise for the time of our hike. We shall see. Maybe this will break the trend by not cancelling and thumbing our noses at Mother Nature

      June 11

    • Mikee

      I'm a maybe now. The weather is triggering a lot of headaches this week.

      1 · June 11

  • Andy N.

    Dawn - They need you in California! The whole state is under drought conditions. All you have to do is schedule a Wednesday night hike there. Their lack of rain problem will be solved!

    5 · June 11

    • Dawn

      Think they would pay to fly me out? I'm game.

      June 11

    • Larry S.

      Post a hike for the JMT in Cali! I will sign up!

      1 · June 11

  • Dawn

    Haha!!! I talked about switching my hikes to Tuesdays and so it rained all day today. Fooled you Mother Nature... now please leave tomorrow alone and dry???? Pretty please!

    1 · June 10

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