What we're about

Description

Trail Trekkers is all about getting outside of Edmonton for Sunday day hikes during the spring/summer/fall and cross-country skiing/snowshoeing in the winter. The goal is to explore different areas around Edmonton, get some great exercise, meet new people, have some laughs and learn about plants, animals and map reading.

Note: This group will primarily be running events on Sundays, however there may be the occasional day hike event on Saturdays and potentially some overnight mountain trips.

Duration

Events will primarily be 6-7 hours total with travel time. Actual hiking time will be 3-4 hours travelling a distance of up to 15 km at a moderate pace of 4.5 to 5 km/hour.

What to Expect

· Great way to exercise, minimize stress and connect with nature,

· Small groups of up to 10-12 people,

· Exploring new places in the Edmonton area to hike,

· Occasional off trail bush whacking adventures,

· Learn something new during each event (e.g., plant and animal identification, map reading, etc).

· Planned lunch breaks at picnic shelters or view points,

· Up to 4 events per month during the summer/fall months. At least 2 events per month during the spring/winter months.

Who

Please consider the following before signing up:

1. You are over 18,

2. You are available to hike on Sunday’s, and

3. You are capable of hiking up to 15 km at a moderate pace of 4.5 to 5 km/hour.

Places

We’ll explore areas around Edmonton such as but not limited to Blackfoot/Cooking Lake Recreation Area, Drayton Valley, Athabasca, Tawatinaw Valley, Fort Assiniboine Sand Hills, Whitecourt Sand Hills, Edson Hornbeck Trails, Redwater Sandhills, Miquelon Lake and Elk Island National Park.

Rules

Safety first, be on time, respect each other and have fun.

Policies

1. Please provide a recognizable picture of yourself on your profile. This is for safety reasons and to make it easier to complete organizer duties such as recording fee payments and to recognize you when we meet.

2. Members who have RSVP’d YES for an event and don’t show up will be considered a no who. After 3 no shows, they will be removed from the group.

3. Children and pets are not permitted.

4. Guests are permitted provided they can handle the pace and distance as set out in the description of the event.

5. Wear clothing appropriate for hiking and the weather.

6. Members who have not visited the Trail Trekkers website for more than 3 months, will be deemed to not be interested in the events and will be removed from membership. However, they can rejoin the group at a later date.

Costs

1. There is fee of $2 per event or $10 per year. Fees collected go towards costs associated with maintaining the Meetup website.

2. To minimize our environmental footprint carpooling is recommended as much possible, however there will be options to meet at the event. Carpool costs will be reasonable and depend on the distance travelled (e.g., recommended carpool fee for an event out at Blackfoot/Cooking Lake Recreation Area is $5).

Upcoming events (1)

JJ Collett Natural Area

Century Park Transit Centre

CA$2.00

DESCRIPTION The JJ Collett Natural Area consists of over 18 km of trails that wind through low lying shrub areas as well as white spruce and aspen. It is a rolling landscape with a variety of plant communities within the Aspen Parkland underlain by ancient sand dunes. We will hike around 10-13 km with a stop for lunch at the gazebo. TRAVEL We will meet at the far Northeast corner of the Century Park LRT station parking lot at 9:30 am and leave at 9:35 am sharp. The free parking stalls are up near the corner of 109th Street and 29th Avenue. The JJ Collett Natural Area is approximately 1 hour south of Edmonton near Morningside, which is 10 km south of Ponoka. Reference: http://www.jjcollett.com/ A recommended carpool fee of $8 paid to the driver. If you choose to meet us at the event, check the link above for directions and be there for 10:00 am. We will start the hike at 10:15 am. WHAT TO BRING Wear appropriate clothing for hiking and the weather, lunch and at least 2 litres of water. Dogs and children are not permitted. HIKE AT YOUR OWN RISK The organizer of your event is not acting as a professional guide and is not responsible for any injuries or losses resulting from your participation in the Group's events. Participation is entirely voluntary and you assume all the risks of the event, whatever circumstances may occur. In all instances, you are responsible for providing the proper equipment for your own safety.

Past events (31)

Miquelon Lake Provincial Park

Meadows Transit Centre

CA$2.00

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