Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Monday's hike plan / plus general information

Due to my ineptitude in writing, several people have asked when tomorrow's hike will start.

We have changed the starting time for Monday to 9 a.m. at the Visitor Center.

They win.  Meet at 9 a.m. at the visitor center.  

We will start at 9 a.m. from now on through the summer and into the fall.

(If you don't read this in time and want to catch up with us, we will be parked at the trailhead lot
in Del Norte (at the place you turn off 160 to go to the hospital).  You may find us up south of the hospital and out beyond that on the big range of hills  to the south of the hospital. We will go up, wander around the hill tops, then come back the same way we went up.  

Notice:  9 a.m. is our starting time for Monday and the rest of the summer.  When May 1 and 3 come upon us, we will have two 9 AM starts-- Monday and  Wednesday mornings.  These hikes are almost always different.  They are about the same distance most of the time, but they are to different places.  We will announce ahead of time when one or the other is especially difficult  or different in distance. 
(However, a few times during the summer there will be announcements of earlier starts so we can get to some far away places.  For example, several people want to climb some of the high peaks over near Lake City.  We will announce those as we schedule them--probably in July and/or August.)
 If someone or some paper still  repeats a rating or difficulty "rule", please recognize that they probably haven't been hiking with us and don't have current information.   
We haven't conducted hikes with rating systems for several summers.  Of course, each hike is different.   Sometimes in the summer we have recent arrivals on a hike and we have to adjust the distance and speed.  If we have an unusually "easy" or "hard" hike, we will do our best to announce it a day or two before we start.  
One hiking club asked us how many hikes/trails we have available.  We made a quick count to 75.
Since then, we have followed 5 or 6 that we hadn't included.  If you get bored with those, we may be able to find more.
Many of you have preference for different types of hikes.  Please let us know ahead of time so we can
plan our hikes to suit you.  The only limitations on this are:  
1) We hike in the forest, on the dunes, across the taiga, or in the valleys; 
    We can't find many places for "flat" hikes.  
2)  We seldom take "asphalt" hikes. 
3) We do cross some creeks, few of which have bridges; we recommend hiking boots.
4) We don't have the equipment or skills or insurance to lead rope-cable-piton hikes.

A reminder:  we ask that you not bring pets with you no matter what their temperament or size.  Some of our hikers are uncomfortable around other peoples' pets. Occasionally pets require special attention.

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