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This is a short fairly simple walk that takes us through a beautiful forest area and down to the waterfall then the last quarter-mile is a strenuous climb up Rocky steps back to the road. The distance is only about 2 miles but very well worth it.
NOTE : Physical distancing expected, WITH MASKS, single file when encountering other hikers to maintain 6 ft spacing. Because we have been experiencing high traffic at popular hiking locations, parents and strollers, etc. this walk will take us on the periphery of the park where the hoards are less likely to frequent. Thus we will do the high roads and the low roads with efforts to avoid congestion. . . Our 4 mile walk starts at Howarth Park near Lake Ralphine, winds along various trails, goes to the far side of Spring Lake Park, loops around the lake and returns to Howarth Park parking lot.
Tentative, depending on smoke, temperature etc. First time walk on the new Lawson Trail at Hood Mountain Regional Park. Meet at the upper parking lot on Pythian Road (parking fee required). Lots of uphill going out, down hill coming back. Not sure of the mileage, probably about 5 for the round trip.
This is a loop with an a loop within a loop of 5 1/2 miles with a lot of hills from easy to moderate. The final loop will be around Lake Suttenfield. This hike has two options. Opt #1 is 4 miles and no lake Opt #2 is 5.5 miles with the final loop around Lake Suttenfield We will be meeting at the trail head located on Arnold Drive just passed Jack London village Parking is free at this entrance. Remember plenty of water and poles if you use them. Covid precautions will be applied