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Fall Creek Anniversary Hike - Lime Kilns to Barrel Mill

Distance: About 5 miles

Elevation Gain: About 800 feet

Exposure: Mostly shady

Trail Conditions: Steep, rugged and narrow in places, with protruding tree roots and rocks. Ticks and poison oak. No restrooms. Map here.

Duration: About 2.5 hours.

This is the 6th anniversary of Take A Hike, the first hike was this same Fall Creek Hike, back in 2008! Lets have a good turn out for this momentous occasion. We will hike the Fall Creek Trail via the South Fork past the Lime Kilns to the Barrel Mill.

Meet at the Felton Safeway shopping center parking lot, near Graham Hill Road (away from the stores) to carpool a few minutes to the park entrance on Felton Empire Road. Parking is limited, so please carpool if possible. If you plan to meet us at the trail head, please indicate on your reply. Thanks!

Please read the FAQ. This is an 'at risk' activity. By joining us on this hike you agree to hold the organizers, assistant organizers, and other members harmless. You are responsible for your own safety on the hike.  Time and distance may vary.

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  • Barb

    Hooray to Rich, Andrew, Tom, and all the other organizers and friends of Take a Hike!

    May 13, 2014

  • Barbara

    Loved the idea of an anniversary hike. This is such a good group. Thank you, Rich. Thank you, Andrew!

    May 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rich, You chose a choice spot to hike on a scorcher of a day. Did you have foresight about this too? It was perfect! Thank you again for bringing us together to celebrate the group and the beauty of nature.

    May 13, 2014

  • Steve W.

    What a wonderful way to celebrate a group that has impacted all of our lives! Thank you Rich for having the forethought to set up this hike.

    May 13, 2014

  • jim

    Thanks Rich for putting this hike together and so many others

    May 13, 2014

  • Dan D.

    Thanks to all for hundreds of great hikes around Santa Cruz county.

    May 13, 2014

  • Sharol

    Thank you Rich for getting us together for such a great occasion. It was great seeing everyone today. YEA TAH.

    May 13, 2014

  • sharlene

    Thanks to Rich for organizing today and thanks to all of you great hikers that attended.

    May 13, 2014

  • Mary

    A superb hike with a truly superb group of people. So blessed to have this forest and all you as friends. Thank you Andy, Rich, Tom!

    May 13, 2014

  • ninamo

    Happy Anniversary! Great to see everyone!

    May 13, 2014

  • Joan H.

    Great hike, great group, thank you Rich, love your pace, I just have to work on my uphills

    1 · May 13, 2014

  • Jeff

    Terrific Anniversary Hike on a beautiful day - not too hot in the forrest. Great to see everybody. Thanks Rich!

    1 · May 13, 2014

  • Rebecca H.

    Meet you at the Fall Creek parking lot

    May 13, 2014

  • SusiQ

    Thanks for adding me on from the Waitlist, looking forward to it!

    May 13, 2014

  • Joan H.

    Meet u at the trailhead

    May 13, 2014

  • Tom G.

    It will be hot, so bring a bit more water.

    May 12, 2014

  • Allan

    Off to see the grandgirls at school..have a great anniversary hike..and hope Andy gets all the credit for creating this group that he deserves..and Tom for continuing it..

    1 · May 12, 2014

  • Michael

    I'll meet you at the trailhead

    May 12, 2014

  • Kitty S.

    I'll meet you all in the park at the kiosk (junction of Bennet Creek Trail and Fall Creek Trail). Thanks for hosting this Rich. And thanks so much to Andy. And thanks to everyone for all the times you showed up!

    May 12, 2014

  • Cathy

    I agree with everyone else. Take a hike has been a great experience. Being new to Santa Cruz (5 years now) it was a great way to make new good friends and see spots that I would never have gone to myself. Thanks to all the organizers and everyone that goes on these hikes. Sorry to miss this one, not in town.

    May 12, 2014

  • Rich

    To Lisa R. yes the trail is steep and rocky in places, I would not advise for a beginner.

    1 · May 12, 2014

    • Lisa R.

      Thank you for the reply, Rich. I will likely be joining another upcoming hike instead. Enjoy, everybody -- looks like it will be a beautiful excursion!

      May 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This group has been a great find for me too! I started hiking with my friend Kathy Frank 2 years ago and she suggested looking into the SC Meetups .. I remember my first Take a Hike experience was the Urban Hike led by Allan, which was so much fun! This NY city girl who lives in Salinas, was welcomed warmly into a new group of diverse friends, who have a love of nature and deep sense of community and friendship. I have come to relish my time each week hiking with in the most beautiful places with all of you. It is good medicine... Thank you Allan, Rich, Avron, Tom, Dan, Jeff and Kitty for your commitment and generosity of time and spirit.

    4 · May 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      And...last but not least, thank you to Larry..Sorry I forgot to add your name

      May 12, 2014

  • Dan D.

    I completely agree with the previous comments. The people I have met here are amazing, and I have really enjoyed the 288 hikes I have been on so far with this group. I am looking forward to the next hikes just as much. Thanks everyone!

    1 · May 12, 2014

  • Peggy

    Tom, Rich, Allan, Jeff, Larry, Kitty, etc!
    Thank you all for being such a wonderful group, Take a Hikers. I will never forget and will be eternally grateful for that very first hike in Pogonip, running late, shy, not knowing how it would be, when Jeff patiently waited for me while the hikers were moving on. Take a hike has made a major life transition for me tolerable and the hiking has given me an exceptional exercise I hadn't known existed. Not to mention the incredible experience of meeting all of you wonderful people and gorgeous places you have shown me. You have made hiking a close second to horseback riding for me, and that is saying a lot! I won't be able to attend the Fall Creek anniversary but will be there in spirit. Enjoy, I know you will.

    5 · May 11, 2014

    • Jeff

      I'm sure we all forget that sometimes the smallest gesture can help bring about such a fulfilling experience. So glad you came that day. Take a Hike has been every bit that for me. Terrific, energetic group with a great sense of community.

      1 · May 12, 2014

  • Mary

    Awesome, would love to join you since I am in town. However, I still never get announcements about this group's hikes. Happy I logged on and saw this hike since so many of you have been so integral to my life here in SC. Thank you Rich!

    May 11, 2014

    • Jeff

      Hi Mary. Look in "My Profile" menu in TAH page at "Email and Notifications". You can set notification by email there. See you on the hike!

      May 12, 2014

  • Lisa R.

    This sounds like an awesome hike! However, I am a beginning hiker. Would anyone advise against a beginner trying to keep up with the overall group pace on this trip?

    I see in the description that the trail is steep.

    May 12, 2014

  • sharlene

    Whoever remembers an anniversary is awesome so thanks, Rich, for organizing this. Of course thanks to all who have kept this going. I am so happy to have met you all

    3 · May 11, 2014

  • don

    Thanks to the generous and patient organizers who have made the Take A Hike family so special. I'll miss the fete but I do want to wish everyone a Happy Anniversary! Massive Hugs to all!

    5 · May 11, 2014

  • Larry

    I will not be able to attend this hike, but I need to express my appreciation for all this group has done for me. My life is so much richer since that first hike. Over the years I've met so many wonderful people and had countless fun adventures, all thanks to Take A Hike. My life would have been much emptier without all of you. Thank you Andrew for bring us together.

    6 · May 10, 2014

  • Cathy B

    The Take a Hike group has been wonderful to be a member of since I joined in June 2009. I am grateful for the wonderful hikes, people I have met and friendships developed. A BIG thank you to all the organizers and Andrew !!!!

    5 · May 10, 2014

  • Allan

    tentative

    1 · May 9, 2014

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