Advanced Beginners Twilight Hike Through Edwin Warner Park

  • September 28, 2013 · 6:00 PM
  • Edwin Warner Park - Picnic Sites

HIKE STATS

Meeting Time: 5:55 PM. Feel free to come a few minutes early to mix and mingle with other hikers.
Meeting Place: Picnic Area 9.
Hike Distance: 3 miles-ish with extra 1/2 mile option
Estimated Hike Time: 2 hours 
Difficulty: Easy to moderate climbs, paved trails for advanced beginners. Some moderate climbs into the park and up to the overlook at Edwin Warner. Optional 2nd climb to the overlook.
Hike Leader: Kathryn Darden 
Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome. Well-behaved children are welcome.

Note: This is the longer, steeper version of my usual beginners hike. Please read the entire description before you sign up.

Enjoy the scenery at Edwin Warner Park on the paved road that circles the park. This is a great hike for people and dogs who can walk and climb 3+ miles or so at a steady pace with an optional loop to the scenic overlook.

HIKE DESCRIPTION

* This is a beginners hike because of the slower pace and paved road, but it is for advanced beginners because there is a steady incline up into the park, we maintain a steady pace, there are is another incline up to the overlook, and it is a 3 mile hike plus another half mile optional. Please do not come if you are not sure you can walk at least 3 miles without rest breaks.

If you are not sure you or your dog can hike 3+ miles without rest breaks, try it in your neighborhood or local park to see if you are up to it. While we don't go full speed, we do keep a steady pace so the group can enjoy the many health benefits of hiking. This hike is not appropriate for those who are not in good physical shape, and even at our slower pace, it is not a slow stroll in the park.

There will only be two short rest stops: one at the top of the first climb into the park and another at the overlook. Winded hikers can also rest while the rest of the group climbs up to the overlook. If you are a fast walker, please note that you are signing up for a slower hike. 

Photographers welcome. Our pace is slow enough to allow people to stop to take pictures and catch up with the group. 

Dog walkers welcome IF they are well behaved and LEASHED AT ALL TIMES. Dog leashes should be 6 ft. long or less per park rules so dogs don't get in the way of joggers and bikers. The park appreciates dog walkers who carry litter bags for their pets. If your dog does not get along well with other dogs or strangers, this is not a good activity. If your dog is aggressive, not leashed or causes any other problems, you may be asked to leave or to move to the end of the hike where your dog won't disturb other hikers.

Children welcome IF they are well behaved and can keep up. Rowdy behavior, running in and out around hikers, fighting/mock fighting, throwing things, yelling and crying are not acceptable on a group hike where people have come to relax while hiking and enjoying nature.  If your children are disruptive, you and your children may be asked to leave or to move to the end of the hike where your child/children won't disturb other hikers.

It will be daylight when we start and dark when we leave, so bring a flashlight if you want.

DIRECTIONS

Take Old Hickory Blvd. from Brentwood or Bellvue to Vaughn's Road (across from  the Steeplechase entrance). Pass the model airplane field and the dog park and turn right into the park.  Picnic Area 9 is the last parking area at the end of the drive into Edwin Warner Park off of Vaughn's Road. Allow yourself plenty of time to find it.

If you are familiar with the park and would act as a sweeper to walk at the end of the line and make sure everyone finishes without getting lost, let me (Kathryn) know in the comments below or tell me when you arrive.

If you RSVP, please give 12 hours notice if you must cancel. 

THIS HIKE WILL BE CANCELED IN THE EVENT OF RAIN OR OMINOUS WEATHER IN THE BELLEVUE AREA 1/2 HOUR BEFORE HIKE TIME. 

If you have not done a beginner group hike and are not sure what to expect, these might be helpful reading: 

Beginner hikes: Top 10 tips for hiking newbies http://www.examiner.com/article/beginner-hikes-top-10-tips-for-hiking-newbies

Hiking 101: What is a beginner hike? http://www.examiner.com/article/hiking-101-what-is-a-beginner-hike

Top Three Things You Need to Know About Beginner Hiking http://voices.yahoo.com/top-three-things-know-beginner-hiking-12310663.html?cat=5


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  • Kathryn

    Thanks to everyone who joined me on the Twilight Hikes. You can find my future hikes posted here: https://www.facebook.com/hikenashville and at Tennessee Hiking Group.

    October 21, 2013

  • Kathryn

    If anyone wants any fresh, organically grown rosemary, I have a paper grocery bag full of extra rosemary I will bring tonight. You are welcome to take a sprig or an armful! It is delicious used fresh or dried in just about any meat dishes, espcially chicken.

    1 · September 28, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Thanks for the Rosemary (I cannot wait to bake some bread)

      1 · September 28, 2013

    • Kathryn

      I cannot wait to EAT some of the bread you bake! :-)

      September 29, 2013

  • Jim S.

    I really had a great time on the twilight hike. For being my second hike this has to be the coolest thing. The best of both worlds meeting great people, being in nature, and a good work out. Thank you for the rose mary Kathryn and I'm so glad you found your camera.

    1 · September 28, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    My favorite hike at Edwin Warner so far. Thanks for doing this Kathryn.

    1 · September 28, 2013

    • Kathryn

      Yeah... I liked it so well I did it TWICE! Thanks for coming. Glad your knee could handle it. That's a good sign.

      September 28, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      I know it, I wished I could have climbed it again with you but I knew my knee wouldn't take much more abuse today. What I could do was wait for you - you sure sits take long to get back down to us. Jim, thanks for waiting with me.

      September 28, 2013

  • Kathryn

    Boy did I have some hike tonight! 9 people joined me on an advanced beginners hike at Edwin Warner. We climbed in the longer way that adds about a 1/2 mile or more climb to the hike, so it was over 3 miles. We made it all the way to the last turn out of the park when I realized I had left my camera at the overlook -- at the top of the hill almost on the opposite side of the loop, so I had to do another couple of miles back up to the top of the hill and then down to the picnic area parking lot. I carried Jack the entire way because he had already walked enough the first go round, so I jogged out with a little dog on my shoulder. I am T.I.R.E.D and S.O.R.E... but I feel GOOD! And I have my camera! Thanks to everyone who showed up. And yes, it was officiall darke when I left the woods with stars blazing in the sky. Thanks to Lisa and Jim for waiting for me!

    September 28, 2013

    • Kathryn

      Typo alert: * "officially dark" *

      September 28, 2013

  • Kathryn

    This will be a gorgeous evening for a hike! The early fall weather is about as perfect as it gets. Remember to meet at PICNIC AREA 9 off of Vaughn's Road as we will follow the same route as the Full Moon Hike, only a bit slower. See you guys at 5:55!

    September 28, 2013

    • Kathryn

      Also, you are welcome to come a few minutes early to meet other hikers and remain after the hike for socializing and networking if you would like.

      September 28, 2013

    • Lisa C.

      Looking forward to seeing this from a different route.

      1 · September 28, 2013

  • Jim S.

    Can't wait to see everyone!!!

    2 · September 28, 2013

  • Lisa C.

    See you tonight.

    1 · September 28, 2013

    • Mia

      Looking forward to it!

      September 28, 2013

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