Whip-poor-will Hike

June 9, 2012
6:15 pm


Leaders: Jim Gabovitz and Dan Kunkle.

On Saturday evening, June 9, we have our Whip-poor-will Hike in the evening (be here by 6:15 to shuttle cars).  I have the details of this year’s hike to pass along.

We will be hiking up the Charcoal Trail and out to the first tower on top of the mountain. This means we will be climbing more than 1,000 feet in elevation and hiking about 5 miles to get to the towers. The trail is rocky at places. It is a beautiful hike and a gradual climb most of the way, but we want everyone to know what they are getting into. We plan to reach the towers before sunset, and then hike down Translator Lane in the dark to the waiting cars listening for the songs of Whip-poor-wills. These are nocturnal, insect eating birds named for the sound of their loud songs.

This time of year, thunder storms are often possible late in the day. We will cancel the hike if thunder storms are in the area. But be prepared for a shower if we go on the hike — some people got very wet two years in a row.

The weather report looks spectacular at this point, but it may change when they find out we are doing this hike.


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