Join the #wehiketoo movement from anywhere in the world with us this week! With everything going on right now, getting outside in nature is one of the best things we can do for ourselves! We understand that most of the world is on a stay at home order, however a stay at home order doesn’t mean stay in the house. Going for walks is strongly encouraged! Nature is very therapeutic and should be an outlet that you are utilizing right now to combat stress and anxiety. Furthermore exercise, hiking and being in nature are natural immune boosters.
A lot of things are uncertain right now, but one thing is for certain, nature can help! This Sunday we invite you to take a walk outside! Join us in person or for a virtual hike!
To join the movement and get outside you can hike with us virtually. Here is how!
How to Hike Virtually With Us:
- Register as a virtual hiker
- Commit to taking a 1-3 mile walk outside this Sunday 3.29.20
- During your walk take a photo or video and post to instagram or Facebook and tag us @Blackpeoplewhohike and use the hashtag #takeawalkoutside
- Optional: Tune into @Blackpeoplewhohike Instagram Live between 9am-11am and participate in our hike with comments and questions.
How to Hike In Person With Us:
For anyone local to St. Louis who want to participate is safe but intimate hike. We will be hiking while practicing social distancing. We will host hikes in two small groups of 10 allowing for a safe but much needed time to get outside and take in everything that nature has to offer.
We have 2 different time slots available:
- Meetup at 8:30am, hike at 8:55am
- Meetup at 9:00am, hike at 9:25am
Hiking this week includes lunch and is catered to order by 12oh7 Herban Eatery and includes a smoked jackfruit burrito with a side of slaw. Registration closes Saturday at 9am.
Hiking is purely donation based. Any monetary amount donated goes to helping the organization with providing snacks, drinks, marketing, administration expenses and allowing us to push forward the #wehiketoo movement through weekly hikes! Donations can be made $Cashapp to $blackpeoplewhohike or here through the ticketing registration.
Continue reading for everything you need to know about our St. Louis hike for Sunday!
- Our Hike: The trail we will be hiking is 7.3 mile trail that is rated moderate. The elevation gain is 790 feet. The hike should take about 3-4 hours with stops.
- Meet Up: at Greensfelder County Park. The exact meetup location will only be emailed out Saturday morning to everyone that has registered. Please continue below to register.
- Social Distancing: Each group will be limited to 10 people. We recommend everyone keeping a comfortable distance during the hike. Hikes will begin on time to limit crowding. Gatherings of more than 10 people will not be allowed. We will not be accepting walkups.
- Agenda: Two Meetup times: Meetup 8:30am, commence hike at 8:55am. Meetup at 9:00am, commence hike at 9:25am. Hike will start promptly on time. Crowding in groups larger than 10 will not be allowed. If you are late it will be your responsibility to catch up with the group.
- Arriving Late. Please look up the location of the park the night before and allow yourself plenty of time to get there the morning of. We will not hold the group up waiting on people. If you arrive late you will not be able to join a later group, if that group is full (Limited to 10 people)
- Things to Bring/Must Haves: comfortable clothes, comfortable shoes (hiking shoes/boots or sneakers with good traction) a jacket, water and bug spray. It is important to hike in comfortable shoes whether those are hiking boots or tennis shoes. If you are wearing sneakers I wouldn’t recommend wearing your nicest ones as they will get dirty. Dress warm and layer up! You will also want to bring light snacks and a backpack to hold everything.I always recommend bringing an extra change of clothes, shoes and socks to keep in your car in case it is muddy. Additionally, a towel and wet wipes may be helpful.
- About Greensfelder County Park: Greensfelder County Park consists of 1,734 acres (7.02 km2) in western St. Louis County, Missouri. It is located in the city of Wildwood and bordered to the south by the Eureka and Six Flags St. Louis. The park has a nature center, playgrounds pavilions, scenic loop road, stables, a campsite, and eight trails open to hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. The park’s trails connect to the Rockwoods Reservation to the northeast and the Rockwoods Range Conservation Area to the west, forming a network of 25 miles (40 km) of trails. The land which is now Greensfelder Park was assembled in the 1850s by William T. Christy and Robert K. Woods of Woods, Christy & Co., which was primarily a dry goods company in downtown St. Louis. Woods and Christy formed a lumber company which logged the area. The property later passed to Christy’s son Calvin M. Christy, who extracted the clay and other minerals on the property for his Christy Fire Clay Company, organized in 1881. Christy sold the land to Charles Evans in 1893, and Evans is said to have offered a 300-acre tract to the City of St. Louis for use as a park. .
- What to Expect: The total hike should take about 3-4 hours and depending on the time you start you should wrap up anytime between 1-2pm. Each group will have a hike leader that will guide them throughout the trail. Throughout the hike the group will stop for photos and rest breaks. There may or may not be a bathroom on site, so please stop and use the restroom prior to arriving. It is possible that some areas of the trail may be muddy and dirty. Please dress accordingly. The trail is one big loop and will take us back to where we first started. Once we start the hike you will not have the opportunity to go back to your car to we finish.
- The environment: These hikes are meant to be relaxing, therapeutic, but physically challenging. We encourage being adventurous and having fun but we also encourage safety and respect for others. Please keep your distance and respect everyones space.
- Weather: The forecast for Sunday is predicted right now at a high of 44 and low of 33. I would recommend layering up with at least three layers. The first layer you want to avoid cotton as cotton can you make you colder. Your outer layer should be a jacket that you can take off if you decide too once it warms up. I also recommend packing gloves, hat or ear warmers and dressing in two pairs of tall socks.
- Lunch: Lunch is included in registration. It is plant based and contains no meat or dairy.
- About Us: @blackpeoplewhohike was created to inspire people of color to step out of their comfort zones and get active outside! We meet every Sunday morning at a different location in the St. Louis area. Current Sunday Funday activities have included hiking, rock climbing, kayaking and hot yoga! Future Sunday Funday actives include bicycling, skiing and zip lining. We have new people that join each week who are new to these various activities and we welcome that! This group is all about new experiences! We are on Instagram at @blackpeoplewhohike. If you are not already following us, please do so here! @Blackpeoplewhohike You can also follow us on Facebook here @Blackpeoplewhohike !
@Blackpeoplewhohike is a group of friends and perspective friends who enjoy hiking and other activities together. It is not a professional event planning or guide service that assumes any responsibility for your safety.