Saturday, March 19, 2011, 6:00 pm: Hike to Blue Mountain

General info for all hikes and walks: Hikes and walks are $5 for members, and $10 for non-members (become a member). Unless otherwise noted, the pace for hikes is moderate, lasting 3-5 hours, covering 3-5 miles, the terrain is hilly, footing is sometimes uneven, and we follow trails and possibly paved or dirt roads . Walks are easier and shorter than hikes, and usually follow paved or dirt roads, no trails. The guide may periodically stop and talk along the way. Bring sturdy, comfortable walking or hiking shoes, water, snack, bug spray, rain poncho, and camera. Shorts or long pants are OK. For day hikes, bring a hat and sun block. For night hikes, bring a small flashlight. There are usually about 20 people. We depart about 30 minutes after the posted start time. For some hikes, we will meet at the indicated location, then drive a short distance to the hike location.

Specific info for this hike: Enjoy beautiful night time views of much of the island, lit by the full moon, from the top of one of St. Croix’s highest peaks. The terrain is moderate to very steep. We will be walking a dirt road, so short or long pants are OK. Total time is about 2.5 hours, total distance is 3.7 miles. Bring a small flashlight. We will discuss the natural and cultural history of the area along with the usage of medicinal plants. Ecologist Olasee Davis is our guide. For more information, call Joyce at 778-9087, Dorothy at 718-8409, or Sonia at 778-2076.

Meet at 6:00pm on Route 73 at the bottom of the hill across from the newly built bridge in Frangipani.

From the La Reine intersection at Route 70 (Centerline Rd) and Route 75 (Northside Rd):
- Drive north on Route 75 for about 1 and 1/2 miles.
- Turn left at Capitol gas station at Glynn (green gas station) onto Route 72 west (Midland Rd).
- Go 8/10 of a mile on Route 72 to the traffic light at Route 73 (Canaan Rd) near John Woodson Jr. High School.
- Turn right at the light onto Route 73 north into Estate Mon Bijou.
- Go 7/10 of a mile on Route 73, to the new bridge at Frangipani. Park before the bridge.

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