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Arcadia Winter Hike

Before signing up for this event, Please read the entire Write Up and understand and agree to the enclosed Liability Waiver.

Event Rating: Strenuous

Distance: 6 Miles

Time Duration: 3+ Hours

Blaze Orange: Required

Presidents Day is a holiday that many people have off, but unlike many holidays it isn't traditional to get together with family to celebrate the day. The RIHC gives you an option to spend a good part of the day in the great outdoors with some "nice" people. Because of the snow we have, the hike has been renamed, and the distance has been shortened from what was originally posted.

The route will be somewhat dependent on what the trail conditions are at the time of the hike. We will hike on the north side of Rt 165 starting from the Midway parking lot. Any and all suggestions on the route are welcome.

Where are we going? The pictures tell much of the story.

Photography by Jo and Mark E

It is likely that snowshoes will be a better option for moving across the snowy terrain than hiking boots. It is recommended that you bring snowshoes if you have them.

If you do not have snowshoes, the people wearing them will likely pack the snow down more helping those wearing boots.

With the rough and snowy terrain a pair of good boots is a must in any case. As always bring sufficient water and snacks along for the hike.

From Providence: Take I-95 south to exit 5A, (Rt. 102 south). At the merge of Rt. 102 and Rt. 3, take Rt. 3 south (go straight through traffic lights). Continue on Rt. 3 south for another mile to the next light (a flashing light) at the intersection of Rt. 3 and Rt. 165. Turn right at the flashing light onto Rt. 165 west. Take Rt. 165 for ~3 1/4 miles, going past the white West Exeter Baptist Church. There will be a brown Midway sign at the entrance to a dirt road on your right. The parking lot is to your right, just past the entrance.

Liability Waiver : As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you for yourself, your heirs, executors, and administrators release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

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  • lori71

    Had a great day! So glad I made it out of my house and out into nature with a great group of people. Thanks for making my first winter hike enjoyable.

    February 20, 2013

  • John N

    Great hike today. Nice hiking with everyone . Thanks John!

    February 18, 2013

  • Barbara

    A beautiful day, thanks John for another great snow day.

    February 18, 2013

  • Bob T.

    And quite a winter adventure is was, John. Beautifully diversified with a little bit of everything to make for a really nice hike, on a really nice day, with really nice people. Thank you.

    1 · February 18, 2013

  • John H.

    The day turned out to be neither too cold nor too windy. I had a really good time sharing this winter adventure with a great group of people.

    2 · February 18, 2013

  • Jerilyn S S.

    I really wanted to go, but my calfs said "NO". Sorry to be missing it. Enjoy !!!

    February 18, 2013

    • Kenny P.

      Your calfs, my hammies are still cramping up since Saturday.

      February 18, 2013

  • Carolyn W.

    I have an extra set of snow shoes if someone needs to borrow a pair.

    February 17, 2013

    • Liz

      My extra aren't great, but if someone is desperate.....

      February 17, 2013

    • Carolyn W.

      I suffered so ... But I will give forgiveness some thought. I'm sure I will come to terms with it eventually. Srsly, had tons of fun yesterday:)

      February 18, 2013

  • Richard

    Decided to cross country ski. Hope another Arcadia hike will come up in the near future.

    February 17, 2013

    • Richard

      Pulaski should be decently groomed to allow real skiing - not just snow-shoeing on skis. I did some of the later at Diamond Hill State Park yesterday.

      February 17, 2013

    • Doug

      I went x/c skiing at Pulaski Saturday. There was pretty good snow cover but snowmobiles had done a number on the grooming. It was still pretty decent.

      February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately I am sick. Just in time for my vacation.

    February 17, 2013

    • Liz

      Feel better soon Diane!

      February 17, 2013

  • Carolyn W.

    The snow coverage might be pretty thick. Snow shoes?

    February 13, 2013

    • Richard

      Any update on the trail conditions?

      February 17, 2013

    • John H.

      I didn't get to check out trails in Arcadia after our groups's "butt kicking" hike of Parker Woodlands. I expect similar conditions in Arcadia, 3-6" (plus any new snow), of heavy snow. We all wore boots, and alternated breaking trail. 6+ miles was enough for everybody in those conditions. Not that much depth of snow, but snowshoes would help because of the snow's weight.

      February 17, 2013

  • Margie P

    Hi,
    I hiked 6 miles at Tillinghast today and snowshoes were definitely needed. We broke trail all day and sunk up to our knees at times on microspikes....so switched to snowshoes mid-way. Hard work! Parking lot was not even plowed.
    Margie

    February 14, 2013

    • John H.

      That is quite different than Parker Woodlands, especially considering how close the two places are. There was 6" of snow on the trail that I was on Wednesday. The snow was somewhat packed, so you didn't sink that much wearing boots. You would think microspikes there, not snowshoes. All I know of Arcadia is that the Midway lot is plowed. I'll check on the trails Saturday.

      February 14, 2013

  • Leanne A

    "nice" people.....

    February 13, 2013

    • John H.

      Almost goes without saying, doesn't it?

      February 13, 2013

    • Leanne A

      Absolutely my friend.

      February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to a Monday Morning Hike, Barb, especially since I just got the employment AXE!!!! Barb

    February 13, 2013

  • Jerilyn S S.

    I miss cant wait! Miss everyone ! woo hoo we work out!!!

    February 14, 2013

    • John H.

      I miss you too. But, you really need to switch to decaf! Woo Hoo at 6 AM?? Really??

      February 14, 2013

    • Jerilyn S S.

      lolololol I know! Your right! No more caffeine for me!

      February 14, 2013

  • lori71

    Sounds like fun! I may not have hiked with this group before but I am a member of the AMC and hiked 6 hrs with elevation up in NH.

    February 13, 2013

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