Meditation Hike @ Jordan Lake (New Hope Trail)

This is a great area to hike in the winter - there's no gate fee from October - March; and, very few campers and boaters during this time as well.  The driving directions that I have for this area are:

  • From Apex (or points east) take US-64 west towards Jordan Lake.  At the Wilsonville stoplight, turn left (south) onto Beaver Creek Road (note - this road is Farrington Point going right (north) ... there's a gas station on the northwest corner).  After crossing the lake, turn right on Pea Ridge Road.  New Hope Overlook will be on the right, approximately 2.2 miles ahead (you take a hair-pin turn to the right onto W.H. Jones Rd. that leads to the entrance)
  • After entering the park, take the first road to the right, that leads to a parking lot; the trailhead is on the left (there are restrooms as well).

I have hiked this trail only twice, but it has the feel of rural - and I'm hoping that since it's off season (and before the trees leaf out) that there will actually be vistas of the lake for about half of the walk.  We'll be walking the Blue Trail that connects up with the Red Trail in a counter-clockwise direction - the total distance is about 5.5 miles; and the terrain is considered moderate.  There is an overlook on the final section of the trail that we'll stop at; and, possibly other overlooks/vistas along the way, but since I've only been on this trail during the summertime, I've only had the "micro" view.

Please plan on about 2.5 to 3 hours for the entire walk, and journaling at the end.  Sorry, no pictures for this walk :( to post today.  Here's a link to a map for this area:

http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/jord/pics/newhope.pdf

 

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  • Leslie G.

    I had a chance to hike both of these trails (blue and red) today in the amazing sunshine and crisp air (and without unintended detours). I feel vindicated to have gotten in such an amazing hike before the area shifts into gate fees, motor boat engine roars, and leafed out trees that will hide the magnificent vistas. A pure delight! This will go back on the hike schedule for 1st quarter 2014!

    March 29, 2013

  • Carl T.

    1. Leslie and all: Thanks for kick starting the day. I really liked the lapping sounds of the vast lake Jordan, and the way the trail had beautiful vistas. I used Shinzen Young’s technology to process much of the hike, and to stay in the present. I focused on inner and outer sensations, listening out and in, seeing in and out. Esp., aware of the dialogues I endlessly run, like baseball commentary that take me away from the precious, alive present moment. I highly recommend the telephone based mindfulness classes, either 2 or 4 hours which are very reasonably priced from a Zen Geek with over 30 years teaching. Check out Shinzen Young or Mindfulness on the web Basic Mindfulness Home Practice Program. Carl Theodore
    www.basicmindfulness.org

    March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The slight detour mid way through was a good reminder to drop expectations, stay in the moment and enjoy the journey. This hike could not have been any better. Thanks again Leslie for organizing and I am looking forward to the next one.

    March 17, 2013

  • Marie

    So sorry that I missed what sounds like a great hike! Some kind of bug had me lying low this weekend. I hope to make it to the next hike.

    March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really perfect weather and perfect timing for the hike (few people at the lake and on the trail). Very much enjoyed meeting everyone and found the walk extremely helpful.

    March 17, 2013

  • Leslie G.

    Whew! I appreciate that we had great weather (including moments of sunshine and hiking in short-sleeves), hiked the "all" of the blue trail (with lake views, and NO cobwebs), and that when we went off course on the red trail that we met-up with a Scout Master (seriously?) to get us back on track. There's sort of a mystique to being somewhat lost ... intuition and mindfulness get revved up. Hope that all of you had similar experiences and metaphors.

    March 17, 2013

  • Jolene

    Sorry, I'd love to hike tomorrow, but I'm having some trouble with my knee. Hope to see you in a few months.

    March 16, 2013

  • Gurpreet

    Going to the beach this weekend. Hope everyone has a nice hike!

    March 14, 2013

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