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Hike @ Pine Hills and Shades State Park

  • Feb 13, 2010 · 1:00 PM
  • Shades State Park

Hello everyone,

West Central Indiana has some of the best hiking in the state and Shades State Park and the Pine Hills Nature Preserve are two reasons why this is true. We'll be starting the hike with Pine Hills and then venture over to Shades for what will roughly be three to four hours on the trails all total. The terrain ranges from easy to rugged, so be prepared to tackle the rocky trails.

Our usual after-hike dinner will be taking place at the Mediterranean Grill in Avon, IN.

North-Side Car Pool Info: Our usual north-side car pool will be meeting along the west side of Broad Ripple High School (1115 Broad Ripple Avenue) in the free parking spots along Compton Street just south of Broad Ripple Avenue. The best places to park are directly beside the high school between Broad Ripple Avenue and 62nd Street. These spots are free on Saturdays and are usually wide open when we meet for the car pool. We'll be leaving at 11am on Saturday.

South-Side Car Pool Info: If anyone is interested in a south-side car pool, please contact hiking member Paul Hilton to let him know you'll be there. The meeting point will be 8711 Southeastern Avenue, which is about 1/2 mile south of the I-74 and Post Road exit. This location is Paul's office, so contact him with any questions and please arrive on time on Saturday morning at 11am.

Anyone who wants to meet us at the park can do so at the Pine Hills parking lot. The best way to get to Pine Hills is to travel as if you're on the way to Shades by taking IND 234, which will take you to the Shades entrance off of Country Road 800 South. Rather than taking the Shades entrance, continue on 234, which goes north and will take you directly to the Pine Hills parking lot, which will be on the left about a mile from the Shades entrance. A map of the Shades park with the location of nearby Pine Hills is located here.

Please Note:
Car pool @ 11am
Hike @ 1pm

FEE UPDATE: Also, I'm not collecting any membership dues, and I won't be doing so anytime soon, so please be aware that no one needs to pay anything for being a member of the group.

If anyone needs to reach me on Saturday, my cell number is[masked]-3116.

See you on 2.13,

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  • Kathleen

    These were beautiful hikes -- I think I will enjoy them even more in the spring! It was great to get out and see the sky and nature.

    February 14, 2010

  • John

    Thank you Michael and the entire group for the memorable hike, great conversation and the warm welcome on my first outing. Dinner after was quite enjoyable as well. Can't wait for the next big adventure!

    February 14, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time yesterday hiking in the snow. This is really a fun group. Thank you so much to everyone for making my very first meetup experience such a memorable one. I am already looking forward to the next hike. See you all again soon! Have a wonderful day!

    February 14, 2010

  • Leanne

    The snow and ice made this hike a little more strenuous than usual, but we got to experience some of mother nature's beautiful handiwork. Many thanks to everyone lending a hand and helping Capella through her first ladder experience!

    February 14, 2010

  • Diedra

    I would like to thank all of you for making my first hiking experience one to remember! I had a great time with all of you and look forward to another hike soon :)

    February 13, 2010

  • Paul H.

    I've hiked Shades several time, but this was the first time in the winter. It was beautiful. This wa also the first time ever to Pine Hills. What a great place.

    February 13, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am meeting Trish and Kathy up at the Kroger on US 32 east of Westfield at 11:30 in case anyone on the far north side wants to join us. let me know if you care to join us. [masked]

    February 12, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    The extended forecast looks good for next weekend. I already know that I can't stay for the dinner afterwards. If anyone in the Carmel - Fishers - Westfield area wants to carpool we can figure out a place to meet and head straight across 32 - it is a short, easy drive to the park.

    February 7, 2010

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