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Beginner Hike #1 - Stroud Preserve- West Chester

Cancelled!! I am very excited to let all of you know that this is the first "official" hike that I will be leading. The objective of this hike is to have a fun and fit workout, in a scenic environment.  I thought I could share some of what I learned over the past six months, as someone recently new to hiking.  It will mirror the Beginner Hike that occurred earlier this year at Stroud Preserve. 

The focus of this hike is to invite those who have never tried it, to do so without the concern of being in a group and not being able to pace accordingly.  As with all hikes we will monitor distance, pace and elevation.  The goal is a three (3) mile distance hike, at a moderate pace with little elevation or hills.  We will get to bush-wacking down the road :).  

During the month of June I will be posting a weekly Monday evening hike.  As in the prior series, we will gradually build up both distance and elevation with the goal of going to Valley Forge and joining Wendy for her weekly intermediate hikes.  

Stroud Preserve Parking: We will meet at the parking lot on North Creek Road in West Chester.  Please plan to arrive at 6:00PM for introductions and count-off, with a prompt scheduled departure for 6:15PM.   The hike will last 90 minutes.

The Stroud Preserve consists of 571 acres of culturally and ecologically important land in Chester County. This rolling mosaic of once-pastured grasslands, working farmlands, and woodlands now serves as wildlife habitat and a unique site for research by the Stroud Water Research Center, one of the premier stream research labs in North America. 

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As always...PLEASE REMEMBER TO HYDRATE BEFORE THE HIKE AND BRING PLENTY OF WATER, snacks and other essential items you may need.

You may also want to consider bringing a first aid kit, walking stick(s), field guides, sunglasses, sun block, insect repellent, binoculars, and a camera.

For those with Asthma, Allergies or Special Conditions...Please Bring Inhalers, Allergy Meds, Epi Pens and Anything Else That You May Need and Let Me Know At The Start of The Hike.

Dogs: Always Welcome (A Leash Is Recommended)

NOTICE: By attending an event you are agreeing that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT ALL TIMES. No member of the group EXCEPT YOURSELF can be held responsible for any damages, accidents, or liabilities incurred while hiking with us.

Weather Cancellation Policies:

Rain "MAY" Cancel This Hike and Severe thunderstorms Will Definitely Cancel This Hike.


A big welcome to all new hikers, in-addition to nature enthusiasts, birders, as well as those who have been out with the group before to join us on this adventure!  This hike will be cross posted to our friends in Harry's Happy Hikers (H3) and Downingtown Singles.

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  • Careyann

    This hike is going to be cancelled. I will reschedule for Wednesday.

    June 9, 2014

  • Careyann

    Hi Kendra and All,
    I sent an email to the attendees. I have been monitoring the weather, there is a 30% chance of storms currently. The sun is out. I will confirm whether cancelled by 4pm and post to this board.
    I hope we are still on!

    June 9, 2014

  • Kendra

    Hi caryann will this get cancelled because of the t storms this afternoon.

    June 9, 2014

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