Always check for hiking emails as sometimes dates/locations change​

May 17, 18-19 (or longer), 2024
Natural Bridge State Park/Red River Gorge - Kentucky
then on to Damascus Virginia
Most people are arriving on Friday, May 17th. We will plan a hike at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, hikes on Saturday in the a.m. and p.m., and a hike on Sunday a.m.  Let Gretchen know if you are going on this trip so she can add you to the email/text group!
(See Group Hike Rules)    

June 2, 2024, 9:00 a.m.
Knobstone Trail - Section 1
Meeting spot to be determined
(See Group Hike Rules)

FRIDAY, June 21, 2024
Hike and Canoe Trip!
Hike at Whitewater State Park 8:00 a.m.
Followed by Canoeing in Brookville on Whitewater River
(if you just want to do the hike - no problem)
Meeting spot to be determined
(See Group Hike Rules)

July 28, 2024, 8:00 a.m.
Versailles State Park
Meeting spot to be determined
(See Group Hike Rules)

August 11, 2024, 6:30 a.m.
Brown County State Park
Meeting spot to be determined
(See Group Hike Rules)

August 24, 2024
Dunes National Park
August 25th, 2024
Chain-O-Lakes State Park
Meeting spot to be determined
(See Group Hike Rules)

September 29, 2024
Knobstone Trail - Section 2
Meeting spot to be determined
(See Group Hike Rules)

October 20, 2024
Morgan-Monroe State Forest
Lunch at Jessie's Cabin
Meeting spot to be determined
(See Group Hike Rules)

Weather Policy: Since people's tolerance for bad weather varies, I don't imagine we will very often cancel a group hike. Having said that, Roy and I may or may not be there if the weather is crazy. If we did cancel a group hike it would probably have more to do with bad driving conditions than just rain or snow, etc. Feel free to text me at 317-604-8002. Any cancellations would be done as far in advance as possible and would be done by email.
Group Hikes will be scheduled at least once a month. The location and time of the group hike will be posted on our website and sent out on email in the Hiking News!

1.  Participants will be asked to sign a waiver and an acknowledgement that the group hikes are not being conducted as an organized activity but rather an individual endeavor.  

2.  We will attempt hikes rain or shine but in the case of severe weather any cancellations will be sent via email!

3.  Hikes will start at the time scheduled so if you arrive late you are on your own. 

4.  The pace and duration of the hike is to be determined by hikers individually. The group will likely NOT STAY TOGETHER as paces and distances vary. Some people may  be running, walking slowly, hiking at a fast pace, etc.  

5.  You must plan on being able to complete every hike you attend on your own. No one will be responsible for you and no one will wait for you or help you if you get lost, run into problems, etc. You are doing the hike on your OWN with others in attendance. 

But I don't want to do the Quest challenge???  No problem, you can just attend the group hikes and not participate in the Quest challenge!

What mileage do I have to hike to complete a Quest?  We decided to leave that up to you because people's fitness levels vary so much.  We suggest a 3 mile minimum for a hike to "count".  But you might want to set your personal minimum higher or lower than 3 miles.

I'm a runner.  Can I run the hike?  Sure.  Group hikes are done at your own pace.

Does everyone stay together at the group hikes?  NO.  You should attend every group hike understanding that the group may move slower or faster than your pace.  You should be able to complete every hike by yourself (or with whoever attends with you).  It's possible no one will be there to help you if you get lost, etc.  Make sure you have a cell phone and necessary supplies and are comfortable completing the hike unassisted if it works out that way!

Do I need to register for the group hikes?  No. Just show up at the announced location. You will be asked to sign a waiver stating that you are doing the hike on your own and unassisted.

Is there a fee?  No. But there is likely a fee to enter a park.

Can I bring friends and family?  Sure. If you have someone else's kids with you we would like that child's parent's to sign the waiver (you can email me for that ahead of time) 

Can I bring my dog?  We would really like to steer away from dogs attending the hikes simply because it can be cumbersome for other hikers and disruptive. However, if you have a really well behaved dog and you want to bring it along on a leash you can. Just make sure you are being considerate of the other participants and allow ample space so no one gets tangled up in a leash and that sort of thing.  Maybe stay back away from the group a bit so the dog isn't getting underfoot of the other hikers.  If you bring a dog and it causes a problem, we are sorry in advance - but we will have to ask you to not bring your dog next time.