Since there is a large waiting list for the event starting at 11 AM, let's make some room for others. This is for a second hiking group starting at 12 noon. All event details are the same (copied below) except call me if needed for this 12 noon event. [masked]
We'll hike 5-6 miles, then find a flat area to sit and have lunch. Bring something to sit on and something to eat. If you're only coming for a hike, you just need water, a sandwich, and a folded blanket to sit on.
If you're an aspiring backpacker, load up your pack and bring it! You can test your stove and cook something hot. This is a chance to get used to the weight and get your hiking legs in shape. I'll show everyone what I pack, but I'm not a role model for packing light. I hope some more experienced backpackers will join and show us a better example.
We're hiking the blue trail:
Everyone hikes at a different speed but let's not split up and get lost on the trail. I'll ask someone to volunteer as leader and sweeper. Whenever we arrive at a trail intersection, stop and take a water break until the sweeper arrives. Then we'll agree on which way to go and proceed. Don't get behind the sweeper.
You will need a recreation passport. The park entrance is on Kensington road, south of Grand River road. When you enter the park, take the first right, then take the second right. There will be a sign that says Trailhead. That road leads to a large parking lot.
Some actual backpacking trips you should sign up for!
Beginner backpacking trip - 12-mile loop - May 18th
Backpacking Jordan River Pathway - 18-mile loop – July 19th
Backpack Pictured Rocks - 42-miles - August 24th