The hike will about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) along a new section of the NCT being developed on the railroad right-of-way between Colfax and Walcott. The ground cover along the tracks includes native prairie plants, weeds, grasses, bushes, and small trees. The land adjacent to the right-of-way if primarily grazing and pasture land. The hike will probably take 2.5 - 3 hours. The trail is flat and mowed but the trail surface still needs smoothing in places. There may be some wet areas because of the recent heavy rain. When we finish the hike in Walcott, those who are interested can go to Brewzers Bar and Grill for food and beverages.
Please wear appropriate footwear. Bring whatever water and food you think you may need along the way. The only toilet facility is a campsite privy about a half-mile north of Colfax, but there are ample trees and bushes along the way to offer some privacy.
We will meet in the parking lot of the school in Colfax and hike northwest to Walcott. Because this is a point-to-point hike, we will arrange to have some cars parked at the trail head in Walcott to shuttle people back to their cars in Colfax. We will also park a car midway along the hike in case of emergencies. In order to arrange the transportation, we will need to know how many people intend to participate so please RSVP on Meetup.
If you would like to carpool from Fargo, or if you are willing to take passengers from Fargo, please note that when you RSVP. Tentatively, carpooling riders and drives should plan to meet in the Walmart Super Center parking lot off I29 at the 52nd Ave. S. exit at 12:15 on Sunday. We will send a separate note with details on the carpooling details when we know who is interested.
If the weather looks unfavorable, the hike will be canceled. We will send out an e-mail message on Sunday morning by 10:00 a.m. if the hike is canceled.
Related option: The Walcott Lutheran Church is holding a Lutefisk Dinner with lutefisk, lefse, meatballs, etc. from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Hikers could stop there on the way to Colfax to get some hearty pre-hike lunch.