There are rules for those attending this hike. The park rangers have graciously allowed me to host these as long as we follow these 4 simple rules.
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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. 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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Total distance will be about 4.6 miles. As this is a loop there is no bail off area so please be able to do the full distance. There is one moderate hill at the beginning. After that it is mostly flat with gentle hills and three stream crossings of any significance. This trail is commonly used for trail running so it is wide, well worn and one of the more comfortable ones to do at night. Please plan to be able to keep up at 2.5 miles per hour pace for 1.5 hours without significant breaks. That said we will stop around 3 miles in and chill at the rock formation/swimming hole area on the river. It's a really nice spot to sit in the moon light and quietly chill. :)
We will step off at 7:00PM.
Meet at the Northern most part of the GPL parking lot, to the right of the restaurant if you are facing the restaurant. Please park to the left of the restaurant. Leave the premium parking spaces for the customers that are not hiking for a few hours. :)
If something happens and you need to reach my txt or call me at:
Dogs are welcome on this hike but they must be well behaved and on lead at all times.
Long hiking pants and two layers up top are highly recommended!
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.
Also we could grab a drink afterward at Gunpowder lodge or another nearby restaurant. Group decides.