Short Christmas Day Hike - Candlewood Hill

This seems to now be an annual tradition for us - the last 5 years have been a blast so let's do this again! Drum up an appetite and enjoy this short but aerobic hike up Candlewood Hill in Fahnestock State Park. The hike is only 3-3.5 miles long (approx 2.5 hours), but includes a pretty steep climb to the top of the hill, and a couple of short rocky sections. You will be rewarded for your effort with wonderful views. The hike will include both woods roads and hiking trails. Note this hike can be extended a little if the group is interested.

Distance: 3-3.5 miles

Pace: Moderate

Terrain: Moderate: Woods roads/hiking trails with some short rocky sections and some hills. Remember hiking in winter conditions makes hikes more challenging.

Friendly, well behaved dogs are welcome, but should be on a leash or strict control of the owner. Owners should find out and respect the rules of the park, and follow requests made by the organizers

Prior to RSVP'ing please make sure you understand the group's guidelines for Attendance and RSVP etiquette http://hiking.meetup.com/370/pages/RSVP_and_attendance Due to parking limitations this event is for members only, writing +1 in the comments does not signify you have signed up and can bring a guest, please plan accordingly.

What to bring and wear: Bring water, something to snack on, and anything else you need to enjoy the hike. As with all winter hikes you should wear hiking boots. The trails may be icy in spots so we would suggest having traction devices (Stabilicers/microspikes) and/or hiking poles with you as a precaution. Remember to dress in layers and bring enough clothes for the conditions. Please no cotton or jeans, these can be especially dangerous to wear in the winter or certainly uncomfortable if they get wet or damp. For more information on preparing yourself for a winter hike see [url=http://hiking.meetup.com/370/pages/clothing_for_winter_hiking]clothing_for_winter_hiking[/url]

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 and closed at this time of year, so you should plan to approach it from the southern end. Parking is limited, so carpool if possible, make sure you don't block access to residences and pull off the road as far as possible.

Cancellation notices I 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 8:30 am 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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  • Jim S.

    It was a fun Christmas day hike.

    December 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great way to spend Christmas morning. A little icy but everyone helped each other.

    December 25, 2013

  • Andy

    Thanks for an opportunity to get outdoors with a friendly group on a beautiful day!

    December 25, 2013

  • Steve

    Lovely warm day on the trail and a Christmas Tradition! Thank you Heike for organizing.

    December 25, 2013

  • Raymond R.

    Ok but cold good cookies thanks

    December 25, 2013

  • Jody

    There is no better way to begin Christmas Day than a hike with new and old friends led by the wonderful hike leader, Heike. Thank you so much, Heike!

    December 25, 2013

  • Bob M.

    A fun Christmas day tradition.

    December 25, 2013

  • Ruowei

    Had to bail out. Merry Christmas everyone and have a great hike!

    December 25, 2013

  • john g.

    fought a good battle ,the past few weeks with all the kids in school having the stomach bug, but guess I lose , sorry have to cancel, not feeling well. have a good hike everyone.

    December 25, 2013

  • Jamie

    It turns out that after being told there were enough volunteers, several people backed out of serving dinner at a church to hungry people. I'm working!

    December 25, 2013

  • TERRY R.

    So sorry to miss this. Do not have the proper gear for snow. Merry Christmas to all ! Will catch up with everyone soon.

    December 24, 2013

  • Peter S

    I regret that I discovered that I will not be able to join you for this hike after all. Hope you have a a great xmas and a great time.

    December 24, 2013

  • TERRY R.

    I am optomistic that I will actuallly find myself on the correct side of Sunken Mine Rd. this time.

    November 20, 2013

    • Jim S.

      When driving in the correct way heading north, the house on the left that you will pass is 11 Sunken Mine Road, Putnam Valley, NY 10579. If your GPS will let you put in the ZIP code of 10579 and then 11 Sunken Mine Road your GPS should bring you in the right way from N. Shore Road.

      December 24, 2013

  • josefa R.

    Sorry have to cancel. Merry Christmas everyone.

    December 24, 2013

  • Ted

    Have to cancel - Merry Christmas and good health to all.

    December 24, 2013

  • Robert

    I have to cancel. All my plans just changed. Have a great time and Merry Christmas!

    December 24, 2013

  • mary o.

    Unfortunately I have to drop out :(....my best to all for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    December 24, 2013

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