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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 (they tend to grade it once a year or so, but it can get rough, 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 to get back up here again and enjoy the views with a potluck picnic. As we had the time we did a little extra taking in both Candlewood north and south. Wonderful group thanks all for coming.

    June 27, 2014

  • Heike

    Transfering Joanne's comment from the photo section: Thanks Heike and everyone on hike. Beautiful night and that little "extra" part was fun!! See you next time

    June 27, 2014

  • Jim S.

    Great evening hike.

    June 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just arrived. When someone else arrives would you be so kind to post saying so if we're not at the same spot, I'm not positive if I'm at the meeting spot. Thank you very much!

    June 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have no idea what the names of any of the roads are around here and I don't see a barrier. I posted a screen shot of my location on the pictures if that helps?

      June 27, 2014

    • Heike

      I'm here not seeing you. What was the last road you saw. Not sure what my connection is like here

      June 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would have loved to go on this hike....my first with the group, but can't make it due to work and timing. Hope to meet you all on the next one! Enjoy!

    June 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can someone please explain what is meant by potluck? Should we bring food with us on the hike to share? Thanks!

    June 23, 2014

    • Heike

      Steven, information about the potluck and other aspects of the hike are in the event description see you on Friday

      June 24, 2014

  • Megan

    I was planning on being there but work is preventing me from getting there in time now. Have fun and hopefully catch ya'll another time!

    June 23, 2014

  • Sue

    Can I bring a friend with me?

    June 10, 2014

    • Heike

      Yes, but as this event does not allow guests they would need to sign up for the group and the event. thanks

      June 10, 2014

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  • Heike
    Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Bill M.
    HPB - participated in 30+ events member!
  • Joanne
    HPB - participated in 20+ events member!
  • Tom
    HPB - participated in 40+ events member!
  • Marianne
    HPB - participated in 10+ events member!
  • Jim S.
    HPB - participated in 70+ events member!
  • A former member

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