There are rules for those attending this hike that are listed below and strictly enforced. The park rangers have graciously allowed me to host these as long as I run a tight ship. Anybody that is unwilling and unable to comply will not be allowed to start the hikes with us. If you do not follow the rules during the hike you will be asked to not come to a future night hike. So please read all the rules before RSVP'ing.
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I need a few things that are absolute from everyone doing these night hikes with me.
1) You must have already hiked this trail or you must be an experienced hiker. If you have not hiked this trail, email me and tell me about your hiking experience indicating distances, terrain, speeds and if you have any night hike experience.
2) We all need a light, preferably a head lamp so your hands are free. This is non-negotiable. I don't care how good your eyesight is, you're not a cat. You cannot see in the dark, even with time to adjust.
3) We all need to bring sufficient water - 1 liter minimum.
4) You are responsible for yourself. If you start to fall behind, yell out to the group to stop. I will keep a close eye on everyone and have a sweeper. But ultimately you are responsible for yourself and must speak up if you have an issue.
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We'll cross the covered bridge, the Iron Bridge and do the Kingsville county park loop. This trail is my favorite trail so far in the Big/Little Gunpowder parks in the Kingsville area.
The South trail has some rocky and root areas you need to scramble over. I recommend hiking boots rather than sneakers to protect those ankles!
Total distance will be 6.2 miles. There is no bail off area so please be able to do the full distance. Please plan to be able to keep up at 2 to 2.5 miles per hour pace for 3 hours without significant breaks.
We will step off at 6:30PM. If you are late post to this message board since I check it right before we step off. Traffic can be a huge variable so please plan for some level of insanity. If you call me and need a few minutes I can generally hold the group for a few minutes. And if you miss because of traffic I won't mark you as a no show. Just let me know.
If something happens and you need to reach me txt or call me at:
Dogs are welcome on this hike.
Long hiking pants and two layers up top are highly recommended! It is getting cold at night now.
I expect all hikers to be respectful to each other. One would think this doesn't need to be said but I've had some issues recently. So I need to make a rule that I can reference and say, hey you, go be a jerk somewhere else!
If you cannot attend please change your RSVP. Two no-shows will result in me asking you to remove yourself from future events that have a wait list.
If the group wants we could grab a slice of pizza at Margherita Pizza on Rte 1 in Kingsville. This is a BYOB establishment so plan ahead and bring some libations with you. The closest liquor store is about 3 miles North of the restaurant.
There is also a Texas Roadhouse, Mountain Branch, a Mexican Restaurant and a few other places within 5 miles we can go to also.