3/29 Update. Finalized the location as Wood Lake. Sunday looks windy and cooler than today (upper 30s) but still above freezing, so beware that your shoes may get dirty/muddy. You may want to bring an extra pair for the drive. Looking forward to seeing everyone!
Come join us for an Easter hike at Wood Lake in Richfield. Due to the massive melting this week and the mild weather expected for Sunday, we are trying to avoid some of the mud/ice conditions by exploring a park with pavement or other non-mud trail surfaces. Wood Lake is a new park for us but is supposed to have crushed limestone trails - hopefully better than the dirt/ice that we will probably face at some of the other parks this week. We will be checking the park/trails later this week and will confirm the location at that time. If you are familiar with this park/trail conditions, please include a note in the comments, also note if you would be willing to help navigate.
At this time, we are unaware of what the trail conditions will be like on Sunday, use your best judgement in determining if you are comfortable/capable of hiking on possibly icy and slippery trails.
Length: Approx. 3-4 miles (2 loops - 1 in each direction)
Duration: Approximately 1.5 - 2 hours
Surface: *CAUTION! Possibly wet, icy, snow covered and slippery! Crushed limestone paths under the snow and muck
Conditions: Appears flat, but this is a new park for me so unknown.
Difficulty: Moderate This will be a slower paced hike, but is moderate given the expected trail conditions (muck, possible snow/ice/slippery). *Please FIRST check with your doctor (BEFORE RSVP'ing "YES") if you are concerned about your physical capabilities/limitations.
Hike Time: Meetup at the interpretive center at or before 1:00 PM. We will start hiking right at 1:00 PM
Scenery: This park has it all - woods, prairie, marsh and possibly frozen lakes.
Amenities: Free parking
Recommended: Wear comfortable hiking foot gear with good traction (you may consider bringing poles, snowshoes, yaktracks or stablicers), water, snack, layer clothing appropriate for chilly/wet weather and activity level.
Please, No Kids, No Dogs, No +1's: Only registered members of Twin Cities Hiking Meetup may attend this hike.