||Wednesday Evening Endeavors (WEE) Social Hike (WEE Hike) Social Hike
Wednesday Evening Social Hikes rotate among the wide variety of trails near Boulder, in the surrounding foothills.
The exact path taken is decided by the leader (sometimes with input from the group) on the evening of the hike. That choice is influenced by the time of year (the amount of daylight remaining in the evening), the weather, and the last-minute whims and preferences of the leader and hikers. The trails are A-B level hikes, of relatively short duration so as to fit within the evening, and range from Easy to Moderate in difficulty. The elevation gains also vary, from on-the-flat with mild rises, to steeper grades typical of the foothills. None of the hikes are technical in nature, and all are within the abilities of a moderately fit hiker.
For more info Contact
Karen Baldwin (Home: 303-420-8162; Cell: 720-244-3377)
PERSON IS EXPECTED TO BRING WATER, RAIN PROTECTION, HEADLAMP OR FLASHLIGHT,
SNACKS, AND STURDY FOOTWEAR AND APPROPRIATE CLOTHING FOR EVENING WEATHER!
This outing is meant for casual hikers who enjoy each others' company,
talking along the trail, taking pictures, and sharing snacks along the way.
This 'social hike' is taken at a casual-to-moderate pace along one of
many local Boulder foothills trails.
Some hikes or portions of hikes will be a more challenging as we climb
trails up into the foothills, but nobody is left behind. Our hikers
always wait at trail junctions to ensure everyone is with the group.
Typically, we'll stop for a shared snack break and moment of silence somewhere with a view. Most evenings find us finishing the hike anywhere from 8:00pm to 9:00pm --
though occasionally (and especially on full-moon nights) we may stay out a
little longer, so as to enjoy hiking down moonlit trails.
The group will
often repair to a nearby local restaurant (often, Tsing Tao) for an optional after-hike
dinner and drinks together (which is always a good time for everyone) so plan
your evening to join us if you can.
We took a nice long evening hike in sunny warm conditions along the Homestead Trail. We had a mix of people wanting a fast-moving 'workout' kind of hike, and those wanting a slow, easy-pace amble, so I selected the Homestead Trail due to its fixed end point, which allowed the quicker folks to forge ahead, while the slowest folks could make their way out more slowly and all join up at the overlook bench (with a rear leader assigned to ensure everyone was accounted for o the back end. We made sure before heading out that everyone had a headlamp or flashlight, and indeed we did end the hike after sunset, but under a near-full moon so only one or two opted to use theirs.