Distance: 8.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 2200 feet
No Discover Pass required - it is free because of MLK Jr. Day
Driving Distance: 80 miles roundtrip ($8 to the drivers)
We will start at the Equestrian trailhead off KupferRd. and follow the Hardy Ridge trail until we find the connector trail from Hardy West to Phlox Point. At the point we will eat lunch, weather permitting. Then we will look for this:
Boot Rock...and then cross Hardy Creek on this
Depending on what the group wants to do, we can extend the hike by climbing Hamilton Mtn or doing a little off trail. This will be a semi-exploratory hike for me.
Please bring the ten essentials including a head lamp. I do not intend to be hiking in the dark, but things can happen.
The 'ten essentials' to always have in your pack generally include: Map/compass (and advance understanding of where you're going!), sun protection, extra clothes, extra food, extra water, headlamp/flashlight (and spare batteries), first aid kit, matches/firestarter, knife/tools, and a whistle if you need to signal for help. You should always be prepared in case you get separated from the rest of the group and/or have to spend a night on your own in the wilderness.
- As a Meetup organizer, I'm an unpaid volunteer. While I always try to ensure a safe and enjoyable outing for everyone, by signing up for this event you assume full responsibility for your own health, safety, and well-being for its entire duration, including while traveling to and from both the meeting place and destination.
I like to stop for refreshments after hiking so if you need to be back at a certain time, please either drive yourself or do not sign up.