Fast-paced no-stops two/four/six (nearly seven) miles evening hike at Highbanks

We will do the south loop first (see below), go by our cars for the 2-milers and possibly pick up late people (should be there between 6:40-6:50 depending on conditions), then go the north loop and come back to the cars again for the 4-milers (people who want to do 4 miles), and then re-do the south loop for the 6-milers!

Hikers with smartphones are encouraged to keep track of where they are during the hike with an application like runtastic (I use if on my android phone, and it is pretty nice)!

Pace: jack-rabbit rate (Thanks Doug)[masked] miles/hour.

Please join us only if you feel comfortable with this speed and these settings! Otherwise, make sure you have a map of the park and a GPS-smartphone.

We will be leaving promptly 5 minutes after the announced time so please plan to come early!

If you happen to come late, you can wait in the car, and we should be back there for the second loop and third loop (see above too).

Sorry; no dogs are allowed due to park regulations.

Here is the starting location in google maps (the center of this map is where we will be meeting):

https://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=40.150072,+-83.029639&hl=en&sll=40.150074,-83.029636&sspn=0.001108,0.001553&t=h&mra=ls&z=18

In words: enter Highbanks Metro Park (from route 23), drive past the nature center, turn left, drive maybe a quarter of a mile, and park at the 3rd parking lot you see (the one with playground and toilets)!

Just for info we will be going on these trails (in sequence):

FIRST AND THIRD LOOP: Dripping rock, Overlook, Dripping rock, Oak coves,

SECOND LOOP: Dripping Rock, Oak coves

Weather issues: I will try to cancel the meeting around 1-3 hours earlier and I will send an email if there will be heavy rain or thunderstorms! If it is light rain, we will keep it up and just carry a raincoat (or an umbrella??? )!

Shoes, clothes: just wear *comfortable* hiking (or walking) shoes and comfortable clothes. It can get pretty cold, so make sure you dress for the weather!

My cell phone: I usually email my phone number to the members of the group a few hours (3?) before the hike just in case anyone is lost. Please save it and use it if anyone has any trouble during the hike. I will charge you 40 cents per text message (my get-rich-quick scheme)! If I do not, and you do want to be able to contact me, please email me through this web page, and I will email you back my cell phone number.

IF YOU RSVP AND/OR ATTEND THIS EVENT, YOU ARE AUTOMATICALLY AGREEING TO THE WAIVER OF LIABILITY STATEMENT LOCATED UNDER THE 'Pages' SECTION OF THE HIKEOHIO MEETUP SITE: http://www.meetup.com/hiking-555/pages/Waiver_of_Liability/

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  • Janice

    Small group tonight but still a great hike. Good to see old friends and meet new ones too.

    June 14, 2013

  • Char

    Hikers, I am an assistant leader for Hike Ohio and plan to be at the meetup location by 6pm, maybe earlier, not sure. Unless there is terrible traffic, I can start the hike at 6pm. I wrote down the loops, and in which order. I am sure as a team we can figure this all out until Andrew appears.

    June 13, 2013

    • Scott

      I arrived late. ;-) and was looking in the Oak cove area. To catch up after the short loop. That's why I missed your car. :-/

      June 13, 2013

    • Janice

      Char - Thanks for coming out to meet us. I was there but don't have a Smartphone so I didn't realize you were going to be there. Brian Debra and I met by the water fountain and started hiking about 5-10 after 6:00 which I think was probably shortly after you left. Sorry for the crossed signals. It would have been nice to meet you and we appreciate your coming out to make sure we had a leader. Andrew caught up with us about 6:30.

      June 14, 2013

  • Nicole

    Scott and I are going to Molly Woo's for dinner if anyone is hungry after the hike! :)

    June 13, 2013

  • Rohit

    Sorry folks I m struck In a meeting here!! I will miss this hike!!

    June 13, 2013

  • Scott

    Be there in 10. I will catch up.

    June 13, 2013

  • Karen

    I'm going to try to meet up with you after the first 2 miles. Thanks. Karen

    June 13, 2013

  • Brian M.

    Does everybody meet up near the bathrooms on oak covers area? I'm here but see nobodu

    June 13, 2013

  • Rohit

    I will be late by 10 minutes

    June 13, 2013

  • Nicole

    Welcome to the twilight zone....i may catch up for the back half :)

    June 13, 2013

  • Andrew R

    i will more than likely be late. by at least 30 mins. will make another update when i am done with my interview

    1 · June 13, 2013

  • Char

    weather looks a bit shaky for a hike this evening.

    June 13, 2013

    • Char

      you are right, it is actually turning out to be a rather nice day, I am suprised, but in a good way!

      June 13, 2013

    • Char

      surprised ... typo!

      June 13, 2013

  • Scott

    I'm going yo kayak the olentangy north of high banks. Then hike. If I do not post that I am out of the water by the time the hike is over. I'm missing call the ranger. Thanks! I'm sure ill be okay but it's always good to have a back up plan.

    June 13, 2013

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