Let’s GetHiking! Spring 2021 Series for the Aspiring Hiker (couples and families)

$115.00

 

A spring beauty, three days into February

There’s never been a better time to be a hiker, for your physical health, for your mental health. Our class takes the fear out of venturing into the woods, with a Zoom intro to hiking session followed by 8 beginner-oriented hikes.

Sunday afternoons at 1, through June 27.

10 in stock

Description

spring wildflower
The trout lily, a true sign of spring

It’s never been more important to take care of yourself, both physically and emotionally. And it’s never been  easier or safer to do the one thing that helps you do both.

Go for a hike.

Hiking has long been credited with a range of health benefits, from lowering your blood pressure and boosting your immune system, to improving your mood and and helping you sleep at night. Now, it’s been deemed perhaps the safest exercise you can do: it’s outdoors, it’s easy to physically distance yourself from others, it’s accessible — probably more so than you know.

Welcome to Let’s GetHiking! Spring 2021 Series for the Aspiring Hiker. Our goal, since we launched GetHiking! in 2013, is to give those new to hiking the tools and confidence to get out and explore on their own. Here’s how our Let’s GetHiking! program works:

What: 8 Sunday afternoon hikes on trails throughout the Triangle.

The hikes: We hike a relaxed, beginner-friendly pace — between 2 and 2.5 mph — on trails ranging from 2 miles (at the beginning) to 5 miles (at the end).

When: Sundays at 1 p.m. 

Includes: In addition to 8 hikes, you’ll receive:

    • Kick-off Zoom meeting to discuss how the hikes will work, what gear you’ll need, how-to-dress and more. Zoom meetings are scheduled for March 29, April 12, April 26.
    • Weekly enewsletter with tips, resources, gear recommendations, and a guide for that week’s hike
    • Guide to 25 Triangle Trails
    • “Let’s GetHiking! A Quick and Comprehensive Guide for the Aspiring Hiker (Second Edition),” with everything an aspiring hiker needs to know.

Safety: To insure your safety, the size of this program is limited to 10 hikers. Masks are required at the trailhead.

Cost: $115

Join!  To learn more and register, go here

Where we hike

March 21Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Day-hike Section N, Durham. 2 miles. You get the best of MST hiking along Falls Lake — views of the lake, small creeks, fallow fields — with few fellow hikers on this out-and-back. New hike

March 28Mountains-to-Sea Trail at Pennys Bend, Durham. 2.5 miles. Pennys Bend offers prime spring wildflower viewing, including some ephemerals not common in the region. Two upland diversions add variety to a hike largely along the Eno River. 

April 4Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Lands, Flat River Access, Bahama. 3 miles. North Carolina’s half-million acres of game lands offer adventure largely untouched by hikers. We’ll explore waterfowl impoundments and edge forest on this hike. New hike

April 11Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Day-hike Section C, Raleigh. 3 miles. This hike offers a mix of hiking along the lake and past a couple of coves, plus an upland stretch through maturing hardwoods and pine that avoids the lake for a long stretch. New hike

April 18Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Day-hike Section M, Durham. 3.5 miles. From the MST’s Rollingview Access we hike west through mature woods, over a waterfall, along the lake, and through some surprisingly hilly terrain. 

April 25Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Day-hike Section S, Durham. 4 miles. Somehow, this stretch is both among the flattest and most diverse portions of the MST along Falls Lake, with fields, swamp, brief views of the lake, encounters with the pre-lake past.

May 2Duke Forest from Hollow Rock Nature Park, Durham. 4 miles. This route passes some of the best stretches of New Hope Creek through Durham, including several cascades. We also summit Pine Mountain! New hike

May 9Horton Grove Nature Preserve, northern Durham County. 5 miles. From the preserve’s secondary trailhead at the Big White Barn we explore this 708-acre preserve, taking in a pine savannah, expansive beech grove, an old farm pond and more. 

May 16Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Day-hike Section N, Durham. 2 miles. You get the best of MST hiking along Falls Lake — views of the lake, small creeks, fallow fields — with few fellow hikers on this out-and-back. New hike

May 23Mountains-to-Sea Trail at Pennys Bend, Durham. 2.5 miles. Pennys Bend offers prime spring wildflower viewing, including some ephemerals not common in the region. Two upland diversions add variety to a hike largely along the Eno River.

May 30Butner-Falls of Neuse Game Lands, Flat River Access, Bahama. 3 miles. North Carolina’s half-million acres of game lands offer adventure largely untouched by hikers. We’ll explore waterfowl impoundments and edge forest on this hike. New hike

June 6Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Day-hike Section C, Raleigh. 3 miles. This hike offers a mix of hiking along the lake and past a couple of coves, plus an upland stretch through maturing hardwoods and pine that avoids the lake for a long stretch. New hike

June 13Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Day-hike Section M, Durham. 3.5 miles. From the MST’s Rollingview Access we hike west through mature woods, over a waterfall, along the lake, and through some surprisingly hilly terrain.

June 20Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Day-hike Section S, Durham. 4 miles. Somehow, this stretch is both among the flattest and most diverse portions of the MST along Falls Lake, with fields, swamp, brief views of the lake, encounters with the pre-lake past.

June 27Duke Forest from Hollow Rock Nature Park, Durham. 4 miles. This route passes some of the best stretches of New Hope Creek through Durham, including several cascades. We also summit Pine Mountain! New hike

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