Weekly meet-up to explore the hiking trails of Pawtuckaway State Park. Each week we'll try to get a little further/see a little bit more until we've managed to hike every single trail (or as close as we can come until the snow stops us).
We'll be aiming for easy/moderate hikes - no iron rung ladders, no scaling rocks/cliff faces, etc. - of about 2-3 miles to start. Expected duration of hikes is 2-4 hours (my knees aren't the greatest and I'm not an experienced hiker, so we'll be going slow and probably stopping to catch our breath frequently). The terrain may range from flat, dirt roads of relatively even keel to rough, uphill terrain with rocks, exposed roots, mud, puddles, and rocks that require scrambling over (and up). We'll never know what we'll encounter until we hit it, so attendees should have good mobility and a sense of humor and adventure but do not have to be super fit - we'll go at a slow/moderate pace, with lots of stopping to rest :-)
Attendees should wear appropriate shoes (hiking boots or sneakers) and should bring plenty of water (2 bottles at least), snacks, bug spray, a first aid kit, and a Pawtuckaway State Park Trail Map (found here: http://www.nhstateparks.org/uploads/pdf/Pawtuckaway-Trail-Map.pdf). You may also want to bring hiking/walking poles, a camera, and/or binoculars. The goal of these hikes is to get outside, enjoy nature, see some beautiful scenery, and to relax/have fun (while challenging ourselves physically). If we see something interesting, we may linger.
I'm open to suggestions on where to meet up: I prefer to meet somewhere on the west side of the park (off Reservation Road), as it's less busy/crowded, but it's also more isolated/easier to get lost/harder to find each other. I'm open to suggestions! Once we pick our meet up location, then we'll know what trail/route we'll start out with.
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