Sun, Jun 26, 2010, 6:30 am: Hike to Bodkin Mill

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: This hike is to Bodkin Mill, the third highest peak on St. Croix, offering panoramic views. From this point, you can see 13 mills on the island. The hike is about 3½ miles total with great views along the path. The terrain varies from flat to moderate to steep, and the pace is moderate. Short or long pants are OK. Bring good shoes, water and snack. Ecologist Olasee Davis will be our tour guide. For more information, call Joyce at 778-9087, Dorothy at 718-8409, or Sonia at 778-2076.

Meet at 6:30 a.m. behind the Carambola Beach Resort guard gate.

Driving directions: Go to the far west end of Route 80 (North Shore Rd.), or to the far north end of Route 69 (River Rd.). From that intersection, go west along the north shore to the Carambola Beach Resort. Turn left just before the guard gate, and park in the farthest parking area from the gate.

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