GoHike Pacing Hike - Discovery Park

Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Series

GoHike Pacing Hike - Discovery Park

Enjoy this gentle scenic hike, intended to help you and the GoHike team determine what pace and challenge level you want to start with in the series.

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  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 3.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 140 ft
  • Pace: 1-1.5 mph

Meet at 9AM in front of the Discovery Park visitor's center. Google map location  https://goo.gl/maps/G7CYNBj4yWrNcGcK6.

Carpooling with people outside your household is discouraged. 

Since Discovery Park is very popular, the parking lot near the visitor center fills up quickly. I recommend that you either take the bus (metro #33), have a housemate drop you off, or get there by rideshare (Uber or Lyft).

Once everyone arrives, we'll have introductions and go over safety items, plus goals of the pacing hike. We will leave promptly, so please don't arrive late.

We will be walking in a clockwise direction (trail map). I will lead a variety of pace speeds so you can get an idea of what is comfortable for you. That said, I will be checking in with each participant throughout the hike to make sure you aren't having any problems and/or answer questions.

Since weather can change, I also recommend dressing in layers and carrying a pack where you can stuff items if you get too hot (or retrieve extra clothes if you are too cold). Rain is always a possibility, so be prepared. We will hike if there is light rain/drizzle, but will cancel if the forecast is too awful and making the hike too uncomfortable.

Afraid of blisters? Try coating your feet with vaseline and/or wearing wool socks. Trekking poles will also help going downhill and helping with posture and balance.

Cloth face coverings are required and must be worn when passing others or when closer than 6' to others in the party.

All group members must carry either alcohol-based  hand sanitizer or biodegradable soap.

This activity will be structured to maintain 6' whenever possible (brief periods closer than 6’ are acceptable).

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Since this is an urban park, you won't need all your 10 essentials, but you should have the following:

  • Sun protection / rain protection
  • Sturdy shoes/boots
  • Energy snacks
  • Water (about a liter for this hike)
  • First aid kit
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