Where else to go for a short afternoon hike but our favorite state park? It was just beautiful outside today, sunny and in the upper 50s.
Kevin turned on tracks on his phone this time, so we had all kinds of neat stats about our hike.
Total distance: 5.5 mi
Elevation Gain: 1323 ft
Min elevation: 1537 ft
Max elevation: 2044 ft
Difference: 507 ft
Average speed: 2.2 mi/hr
Average moving speed: 3.5 mi/hr
We hadn’t hiked the main hanging rock trail in awhile, so we decided to hike to the top and enjoy the view and a nice lunch break. That trail isn’t very long, however, so since it was nice and we wanted to stay out a little longer, we turned off on the wolf rock trail on the way back to create a longer loop.
We were only in the park for about 2.5 hours, which is perfect for an afternoon outing that doesn’t consume the whole day. A break for lunch and a short water break on the wolf rock yielded an average speed of 2.2 mi/hr and an average moving speed of 3.5 mi/hr. That seems fairly fast to me for hiking, and I doubt a could maintain that pace for longer hikes with a full pack, but it felt fairly casual today. After a week at the keyboard and staying inside on a rainy Saturday, we both remarked several times that it felt great to get outside and enjoy the nice weather.