The purpose of this group is to allow people to feel a balance of solitude and togetherness in nature. Along with moments of silence, the hike will also provide ample time for conversation and connection with others.
We will hike at a moderate pace and take moments to stop and observe our surroundings. You don't need to be an elite athlete to join our hikes, but we do expect a certain amount of fitness to climb hills and to hike the mileage and altitude listed for the hike.
We will start at the North Ridge Trail to Ridge Trail until we connect with Canyon Trail ready for another hill, then we will take Pond Trail back to Ridge Trail (and another short hill) and then go back to the parking lot on Big Leaf Trail.
You can park in the lot for $7 or free if you have a regional park pass.
The normal Covid restrictions apply. > Bring a mask and wear it when you can not be more than 6 feet apart > Do not attend if you're ill or have been around someone sick. > Bring hand sanitizer.
Bring/Don't bring Bring plenty of water, snacks, hat, good hiking shoes, a sense of pleasure and fun. Please dress appropriately for the weather that day. Layers of clothing are always advisable. No dogs please.
Mindfulness Walking in nature is very healthful. Walking in peace on a beautiful day is inspiring. This hike is not just about exercise but equally important is focusing on our experience of nature.
To heighten our experience, we will have two brief periods of silent hiking--one out and one back. You can practice whatever form of meditation you wish, or you can simply walk in silence.
We will have plenty of time for informal conversation and socializing outside
No-Show Policy If you're signed up and can't make it, please cancel by 3:00 the day before so those on the waitlist can attend. If you don't attend and haven't contacted the organizer, you will be marked as a no-show. Repeat no-shows will be removed from the group. Thanks for being considerate of your fellow nature enthusiasts.
Disclaimer: Remember the organizer is not a professional outdoor guide and that you are responsible for your own comfort and safety.