The Cross Country Trail is great for skiing in the winter, or hiking just about any time of the year. Traversing open fields, mowed meadows, and mature red oak forests, trail runs through pine plantations from the Civilian Conservation Corps days, which dot the landscape and provide an excellent habitat for barred owls.
Where to meet
We'll meet at the Kendall Lake Parking Lot. See map below.
What to expect
We will begin the hike on the Cross Country Trail for approximately 3 miles. If we feel adventurous, we can continue the hike on the Salt Run Trail for another 3.4 miles for a total of 6.5 miles.
This is rated a moderate hike for the Cross Country Trail, but it can get a little difficult due to the length and hills on the Salt Run Trail.
Dogs are welcome
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.