Let's fit this wonderful hike and picnic in one last time before our evenings become too short to do so! 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. 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 twilight so you might want to bring a flashlight! Out by dusk.
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: 41.412351,-73.845763
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 4:15 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.