By MARION MINER
For The Vista
On Friday, October 4, the Fairfield Glade Hiking Group will be going back to the Big South Fork area to Pickett State Park.
The hike has a little of everything; unique land formations, cliffs, creeks, rocks to climb, a waterfall, etc.
This hike was on the schedule last spring but it was rained out. It is such a beautiful hike that it was put back on the fall schedule by popular demand to hopefully do the full hike this time. Bring lunch to eat on the trail.
Difficulty: This hike is rated moderate plus. We will do a loop that is 7 miles. THERE ARE SOME WATER CROSSINGS and some elevation gain. Good hiking boots are always recommended.
Hiking has risks and safety is a high priority on every outing. Hazards include uneven trails, drop-offs, slippery rocks, stream crossings, wildlife encounters, auto accidents, and more. The hiking group assumes no collective or individual liability for any mishaps.
Hiking is at your own risk. Participants in the hikes should be in good physical condition. Walking on paved and level surfaces does not compare with hiking on uneven trails with elevation gains and losses. Please assess your level of fitness to the difficulty of the hikes so that you can keep up with the group.
Hikers should wear good sturdy hiking shoes, be prepared for changes in temperature and weather, carry a day pack with first aid gear, bring insect repellent, and take plenty of water to drink. Be aware of your personal health and know your abilities and limitations. Everybody is different. You are responsible for your own safety.
There is a sheet on the bulletin board across from the Fairfield Glade Post Office for people to sign up for the hike. The group will depart from the parking lot closest to the 4-way stop sign in FFG at the corner of Peavine and Stonehenge. Please be there between 7:30 A.M. and 7:45 A.M.to receive information and form carpools. We will leave at 8 A.M. SHARP. If you ride with someone else to and from the hike the policy is to reimburse the driver for gas. The amount to reimburse the driver for this hike is $6 per person.
Please have the correct amount. We should be back to The Glade by approximately 4:00pm.
For more information please call the leaders of the hike Mary Kopmeier at 456-2597 or Anne Dodge at 410-924-7579 if you have any questions. You can visit us on the web by typing “FFG Hiking” in Google and our site pops up.