We're expecting a high of 75 with a sunny aspect, so it should be a great day to hit the trail.
The Chippewa Creek
Hiking the Chippewa Creek will entail a fair amount of rock hopping, general scrambling, and maybe even getting a bit wet. If that sounds like fun, come and join us!
This time, we'll take the ridge skirting the creek until it hits the bridle trail, and then circle back into the creek itself. This is where you'll have the most fun on the trail (though there is going to be a rather steep descent before we get to that point). The creek will take us back to the trailhead.
Expect to be finished by 7:30pm, maybe around 8.
Where to meet
We'll meet at the parking lot of the Chippewa Creek Gorge Scenic Overlook.
There's a great place to eat afterwards called the Courtyard Cafe within spitting distance of the trailhead, so we may be able to find sustenance there together.
To complete this hike, your dog should be able to go off-leash, or you should be comfortable having him on-leash while scrambling/rock hopping.
Group hiking ethic
Here are some of the basic safety protocols our group will practice while on the trail:
- Since the pace of the group is dictated by it's slowest member, we will take periodic rest stops, waiting until everyone's breathing has returned to normal before continuing on.
- Group size will be limited to a manageable number. For a single leader, expect hikes to be limited to ~12 people. For hikes with multiple leaders present, this may increase (one leader will take "sweep", acting as the tail).
- The head of the group should usually be within visual distance of the tail. If the group is too "strung out", leader will call for the head to wait so we can gather again. If another leader is acting as tail, we may allow a bit more "stretch" to the group.
- We will stop and gather at all trail branchings and intersections, regardless of the number of leaders present.
- We will not abandon you, or leave you behind.