Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

May 8, 2013

Glade Hiking Group to hike Hidden Passage Trail


CROSSVILLE — On Friday, May 10 the Fairfield Glade Hiking Group will be going to the Big South Fork area to Pickett State Park. The hike has a little of everything: unique land formation, cliffs, creeks, rhododendron, a waterfall, etc. Bring lunch to eat on the trail.

Difficulty: This hike is rated moderate. We will do a loop that is eight miles. There is 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 boots, 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 during the hike. 

There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board across from the Fairfield Glade Post Office for each 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 at 8 a.m sharp. Please be there between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. to receive information and form carpools. 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 p.m.

Please call the leaders of the hike or Mary Kopmeier at 456-2597 or Anne Dodge at 410-924-7579 if you have any questions. Please check out our web site by going to Google and typing in FFG Hiking.