Hike the night on Pike Island. Hiking Pike is pretty easy in the dark, as it's pretty flat. However, if you have a flashlight or headlamp bring it along, but your hike leader will have something to light the way.
There is a $5 park fee if one doesn't have an annual park pass. If you don't have a pass the ranger may or may not leave a notice on your windshield and you can pay on the way out, in the pay box.
From "R", the hike leader:
In past years, Sue has put in lots of effort, putting out decorations and spooky surprises along the hike. I am not as ambitious, so this hike will be 99.98% free of ghosts/goblins/zombies, etc. So while this hike may not be quite as spirited as in past years, it's always nice to get out on the island, and recall that there is a whole world outside of your home and workplace (or wherever you spend most of your time). But if you are inclined to hike in costume, please feel free to do so!
We will start walking at 7:10, so please allow yourself enough time to find the meeting place if you haven't been there before. We will meet at the visitor center parking lot, which is NOT the little guard house near the entrance to the park. We will be all the way at the end of the road, under the very big Mendota Bridge. I plan to be there by 6:40 , so you can show up plenty early and there will be someone there. I plan to send out my cell number to those who are signed up, the day before the hike.
I will bring a flashlight or two, but by all means bring one if you have one. It's not that we'll get lost (we'll be on an island), but it can be dark, and there may be the occasional rock or hole to avoid.
Regarding dogs: I've had mixed results with dogs on hikes -- especially night hikes. On this hike, you are welcome to bring a dog, subject to two conditions: 1) Your dog must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet (at all times -- no retracting leashes); this is a state park rule. 2) PLEASE do not bring your dog if it will growl/snarl at our fellow hikers or other dogs. Aggressive behavior on the part of hikers or their dogs is not acceptable. My goal is an enjoyable and relaxing hike for everyone who attends.