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Dec. 12, Sipsey: Nature Hike

Dec. 12
Thompson Creek to Ship Rock 5 miles RTTime for another hike!  Friday is calling for sunny and in the low 50's

Meeting at the Trading Post gas station at Wren (intersection of 33 and 36) at 9:30 a.m. to caravan to the trailhead.  There are snacks, maps, gas, bathrooms and books available at the trading post!

The trailhead is about 30 minutes away, if there is interest, we will stop at Kinlock Falls, which is a very short walk to an overlook to the falls and Kinlock Shelter, another short walk to a shallow, wide cave used by Native Americans hundreds of years ago.  There is a big rock there covered in carvings that is worth getting to see before time and weather wear it away.

I plan to be at the trailhead by 10:45 and on the trail by 11.  The hike should take roughly an hour each way.  The hike is on a good trail, wide and mostly flat-no big hills.  It follows the creek a while, then cuts back through the hemlock forest passing small seasonal falls and going along the base of high cliff walls.  We will walk back to Ship Rock and climb through the Eye of the Needle, a natural opening in the cliff that is easy climbing.  Once through, we will set up 'camp' on the other side by the creek.  The plan is to have a small campfire and enjoy lunch and hanging out in this natural windbreak for an hour or so before heading back to the cars.

Bring hammocks if you'd like, your lunch (hotdogs or other toastables would be fun-don't forget your toasting sticks!), water, camera, wear GOOD shoes, layer up for the weather and as always, nice dogs on a leash are welcome.

This is a well-established trail, but it's hunting season.  Be sure you have hunter safety orange on!  A hat, shirt, vest or bandana works just fine, get one for your dog, too!

RSVP by Thursday at 5 to Esther Crawford at roamschool@gmail.com, just let me know if you have any questions!

This event is hosted by Everest Academy but open to all homeschoolers.  Please review the Everest Academy Participation Policy before attending any of our events.