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Avenue of the Trees 4-Mile Loop Hike

  • May 14, 2013 · 9:30 AM
  • Forest Park / Springville Rd Trailhead

Enjoy one of the most beautiful areas of Forest Park. This 4-mile hike is suitable for beginners or anyone just wanting a little exercise. I'm rehabbing a torn Achilles tendon and this will be my first official hike in a year, so the pace will be slow and easy, i.e., ~2 - 2.5 mph and 250 feet of elevation gain.

Limit of 12 hikers for this hike (please leave dogs at home). A manual waiting list means everyone on the waiting list will automatically receive an email announcing availability as spaces open up; first to sign up, whether or not on the waiting list, gets the spot.

Total hiking time should be right around 2 hours. Stop at the Skyline Diner for a bite and an ice cream cone afterwards, if you'd like.

We'll be hiking on Firelane 7, Firelane 7A, Wildwood Trail and Springville Road (no motorized vehicles). My cell phone:[masked]-1773.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Easy hike, good company and Richard did a great job leading the hike!

    May 15, 2013

  • kae p.

    Thanks Richard for leading such a beautiful urban hike, it is a gem! Thanks all of you for being a good hiking group. Hope to see you on another adventure.

    May 14, 2013

  • Ross M.

    I second Cathy's comment.

    May 14, 2013

  • Ross M.

    The hike was perfectly non strenuous. Thanks you.

    May 14, 2013

  • Cathy W.

    Perfect! At least for those of us wanting a non-strenuous, enjoyable forest hike. Beautiful environment, good company, good hike leader!

    May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just lovely!!

    May 14, 2013

  • Richard

    Thanks, everyone, for the fun hike. Quite therapeutic! Hope we meet on another hike soon.

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Richard, I apologize that I won't be able to make it this morning, just didn't want you waiting on my account.

    May 14, 2013

    • Richard

      Thanks for letting me know, James. Hope to see you on the next hike.

      May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I drove around up there for 45 min, found 10820 NW Sprinville Rd, but saw a private home and driveway- as of 9:10 i drove around and looked for another close by place to park- sorry i couldn't find you- hope u have a good time

    May 14, 2013

    • Richard

      Sorry you missed us, Jeannine. You were with 1/10 of a mile of the turnoff. Unfortunately, you can't read the street sign because of a tree branch covering it. You weren't the only one who had difficulty finding the road. We didn't start until 10 a.m. Hope to see you on the next hike.

      May 14, 2013

  • Ross M.

    Can you wait? I might be 5 min late getting to the trail head.

    May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry I can't go tomorrow - I'm really sick. I hope someone can go from the waitlist.

    May 13, 2013

    • Richard

      Hope you feel better soon.

      May 13, 2013

  • Richard

    Looking forward to our hike tomorrow. Just walked the trails late this afternoon and they're in good condition. There was a lot of wind today, causing a tree to fall across Firelane 7, which I rolled off to the side. The rest of our route remains unobstructed as of late this afternoon.

    Finding Springville could be a bit challenging, as a tree branch blocks the street sign. From the Skyline Diner at Skyline and Cornell, proceed north on Skyline for 3.8 miles and turn right on the unpaved road where Skyline curves to the left. Drive about .2 miles on Springville and park in the parking lot on your left. The trailhead is straight ahead. I'll meet you at the metal gate. Make sure you make note of the mileage on your odometer to measure off the 3.8 miles.

    One more thing: If you'd like to stop for an ice cream cone, sandwich, beverage, etc., bring cash. The Skyline Diner does not accept credit cards, but does have an ATM machine that dispenses money for a fee.

    May 13, 2013

  • Sharon E.

    Ok, I'd like to go since I'm on the wait list but I'm having trouble with where to RSVP for the 12th spot.

    May 13, 2013

    • Sharon E.

      Well then, never mind...looks like I got it! See you tomorrow!

      May 13, 2013

    • Richard

      Congrats! See you tomorrow.

      May 13, 2013

  • Sharon E.

    If a spot opens up, this will be my first meetup. Looking forward to some new trails and new hiking buddies.

    May 9, 2013

  • Richard

    You can organize your own hike by accessing the Discussions section, then scrolling to Plan & Invite. From here you can list details such as place, date, time and contact information. You don't need to be a hike leader to use this forum for planning and organizing an event. Many members (including hike leaders) use this tool to organize hikes that are "off the grid." It's a great way to increase your opportunities to participate in hikes with fellow members. Happy hiking!

    May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got a job so I'm going to have to back out of this one. Thanks.

    May 7, 2013

  • Ruthie

    It seems pretty clear that there's a real desire and need out there for slower hikes with minimal elevation gain! I am the 38th person to sign up on the waiting list! I think there are quite a few of us who are just getting into hiking for the first time or are getting back into it after a long hiatus. I vote for more hikes likes this! Thanks for "listening"! :-)

    May 7, 2013

    • Ruthie

      Maybe (as Kevin suggested) a second group could be arranged with someone who knows the area?

      1 · May 7, 2013

  • Zachary

    Please keep in mind that the hike leaders are all volunteers, and that quite often we have to choose between going to work and leading a hike, especially on weekdays (for the record, I'd much rather hike!). That being said, if you wanted to organize a separate group the "plan and invite" section of the message boards (look under the Discussions tab) is a great way to do so. If you do decide to go this route (pardon the pun), please remember to stagger it at least a half an hour from Richard's event as we the hike leaders do limit the RSVPs on our events for a reason (several reasons, actually).

    May 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the info. I am new to meetup so it is much appreciated:)

      May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why don't we plan another hike starting at 10:00 since there is so much interest in this hike?

    2 · May 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    really want to go!

    April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just got an email saying that a spot opened up, but I can't figure out how to say "yes"

    1 · April 25, 2013

    • Richard

      You need to respond directly on the Meetup site, not on the notice you receive. It's quirky that way.

      April 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think I've figured it out. I didn't realize that everyone on the waiting list got the notice at the same time. So, I was probably just too late. I'll keep trying.

      1 · April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it

    April 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice I'm glad I made it on the list. nice meeting you Dick. I'll see you on the trail.

    April 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm on the wait list. If anyone is going to back out let me know. [masked]

      April 25, 2013

    • Richard

      I-Phones make it easy to respond as soon as you receive an email notice of an open spot. Don't be discouraged, though; some folks tend to drop the day before an event.

      April 25, 2013

  • Jeff C.

    Are you take over the forest park hikes for Chris now .

    April 23, 2013

    • Richard

      Hike leaders don't have assigned hiking venues, per se. I'll probably start out doing some Forest Park and other relatively easy hikes, though.

      April 25, 2013

  • Denise

    Do you have the route for this hike? I cannot attend but would like to do it some time, thanks!

    Denise

    April 23, 2013

    • Richard

      The route is as shown above: Firelane 7 to Firelane 7A to Wildwood Trail to Springville Road.

      April 25, 2013

  • Richard (.

    Me too!

    April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still hoping to snag a spot :)

    April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is great! Thanks for organizing an easy hike that starts later in the morning!

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    what time will we return?
    I'll look again in case I missed it.

    April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I waitlist for this?

    April 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    No waitlist for this?!

    April 23, 2013

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