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Evening Hike: Candlewood Hill with sunset mid-hike 'potluck' picnic

Join us for a short but aerobic hike up Candlewood hill in Fahnestock State Park. The hike is only 3-3.5 miles long, but includes a pretty steep climb to the top of Candlewood hill and will take us around 1.5-2 hours at a moderate pace.  You will be rewarded for your effort with some wonderful views of the surrounding area. The hike will include both woods roads and hiking trails.  We will have a potluck sunset picnic at the top, so our decent (a rocky section, followed by a short trail back to Sunken mine road) will be during dusk so you might want to bring a flashlight!

Distance: ~3-3.5 miles

Terrain: Varied, with some rocky sections and a pretty steep climb up candlewood hill. We will leave the top after the sun sets, so bring a flashlight.  The tricky part coming down will be the short but rocky section near the top and the trail back to Sunken mine road, then it will be plain sailing as we return to the cars via this dirt road! 

Pace: Moderate; we will be keeping a swift pace especially due to limited daylight hours(beginners I suggest you skip this one as I don't want you to get left behind)

Sunset picnic: We will stop on the top of Candlewood hill for a picnic and watch the sunset; Please bring 'finger foods' to share.

Friendly, well behaved dogs are welcome, but should be on a leash and not pester people when there is food!

We need all the daylight hours we can get on this hike, so please allow time to park/sign in prior to the start time, as we will be leaving promptly. Prior to RSVP'ing please make sure you understand the group's guidelines for http://hiking.meetup.com/370/pages/RSVP_and_attendance

What to bring and wear: Bring water, sun block, bug repellent, and anything else you need to enjoy the hike. Hilking boots are suggested with all the leaves and rocks. You should also bring a flashlight and first aid kit.

Meeting point: We will be starting our hike from the barrier (a couple of hundred yards north of N Shore Road) at the southern end of Sunken Mine Road. Sunken Mine road is a dirt road, so you should plan to approach it from the southern end (I do not know when it was last graded, so coming from the north you risk getting a flat tire!). Parking is limited, so carpool if possible and make sure you don't block access to residences and pull off the road as far as possible.  GPS: [masked],[masked]

Cancellation notices: We will be monitoring the weather prior to the hike and if conditions worsen the hike is subject to cancellation. Please make sure to check your email/site prior to leaving for the hike, cancellation notices will be sent prior to 4:30 pm if required.

Liability Waiver: This is a social group of like minded individuals that enjoy hiking, it is not organized by a professional hiker. Hiking or outdoor activities have inherent risks. Your participation in our hikes or other events could be dangerous and can result in serious injury, medical emergency, even death. By signing up for this event, you agree to participate completely at your own risk and to take full responsibility for your own safety and well being, including those of your guests.

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  • Heike

    Wonderful sunset with a great group of people. We kept a good pace so were able to relax at the top (away from the bugs) and enjoy some lovely food and sunset together.

    August 2, 2013

  • Mary

    Thanks Heike for organizing another great hike. It was nice to see the familiar faces and meet some new people. The potluck picnic at the top was yummy!

    July 28, 2013

  • Jeff

    Lots of fun. Perfect conditions for an evening hike (except for the bugs). Thank you for putting it together.

    July 26, 2013

  • Brooks

    Hi Heike. Sorry to cancel. A very red tick bite changed my plans. See you on the trails soon.

    July 26, 2013

  • David

    Once again work calls... And i was looking forward to this one...

    July 26, 2013

  • peg

    i'm pretty close (near sunset off oscawana lake road) if anyone wants to car-pool from here. Limited parking near the trail...

    July 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry I have to cancel again but I see there's a waiting list so hopefully someone else will be able to enjoy the hike.

    July 25, 2013

  • Jeff

    If you let me come I'll have mary bring something yummy :)

    July 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My sitter is unavailable

    July 25, 2013

  • francisco

    Wait wait

    July 24, 2013

  • Marie

    Slammed at work cannot make this hike

    July 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    anyone want to carpool from the Hopewell area?

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Love to hike and looking forward to making new friends!

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a beginner, but I believe I'll be able to keep up.

    July 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Me too !

      July 10, 2013

  • Bob J.

    We Just got finished marking this trail as part of the Hudson Trail...

    July 3, 2013

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  • Heike
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  • peg
  • Jeff
    HPB - participated in 10+ events member!
  • Mary
    HPB - participated in 10+ events member!
  • Jim S.
    HPB - participated in 80+ events member!
  • Jeff
    HPB - participated in 10+ events member!
  • A former member

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