STLRC – Group Hikes

General Information

Group hikes are generally scheduled for mornings from November through March, but any member can lead a hike any time of the year. Hikes are generally on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Sundays.  However, anyone can lead hikes on other days.

Starting points vary all around the St. Louis area. They are in St. Louis County, St. Louis City, St. Charles County, and in the Illinois counties across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.

A list of our past hikes and directions to the starting locations can be found in the “Plan a Hike” section of our website.  “Find the “Cue Sheet Library” and go to “Hikes” and “ Hike Locations”.  Leaders are encouraged to try additional hiking venues in the area.

Temperatures, wind, and trail conditions are taken into consideration when choosing a hike.

With a few exceptions either way, group hikes are between about 3 and 8 miles in length.

Although there can be fewer or more, STLRC group hikes typically have between 3 and 12 hikers.

We make every effort to be safe and to keep everyone on our hikes safe, but we all have to realize there is a possibility of a mishap when hiking.

Since our hikes are covered by club insurance, it is the responsibility of each hiker to make sure their name is marked on the sign-in sheet in case an accident must be reported.

Who Hikes On Our Hikes

Hikes are free for St. Louis Recreational Cyclist members.  (Non-members must join by their second ride by paying dues and completing a membership form.)

Novice or experienced hikers who are in sufficient physical condition to hike the specific hike they are attending. (Contact the hike leader if you have concerns about the difficulty of the hike.)

Hikers who desire to meet other hikers with similar hiking experiences.

Hikers who prefer to hike low or moderate mileage routes at a leisurely or moderate pace.

Hikers who are more experienced and physically fit and desire to hike routes with more miles, at a faster pace, and sometimes over more hilly terrain. (More challenging hikes include Babler State Park, Shaw’s Nature Reserve and the Salt Lick Trail.)

Your First Hike

Be conservative. Choose a hike easier and shorter than you think you can ultimately handle.  Examples of easy hikes are Simpson Lake and Creve Coeur Lake.

You will not enjoy struggling to keep up with a hike that is too fast for you nor will the group enjoy waiting for you.

It is a good idea to contact the hike leader ahead of time on your first hike and to introduce yourself when signing in at the start of the hike.

Weather Policy

Check this website shortly before the hike to make sure the start time has not been modified or it has not been cancelled because of weather or another reason.

Unless otherwise stated in the information regarding the respective specific hike, all group hikes are weather permitting.

A scheduled group hike may be canceled at the discretion of the hike leader if it is raining or snowing, if there is a high prediction percentage at the start of the hike, if the temperature at the start of the hike is excessively cold, or if the anticipated temperature during the hike is excessive.

Recommended Equipment

Each hiker participating in a group hike is expected to be self-sufficient and bring appropriate equipment for the hike.

Poles are recommended for hilly hikes.  Hiking boots or trail shoes are also recommended.  We suggest that hikers bring water and a snack.  Always dress for the weather.

Each hiker should carry the following personal emergency identification information.

  • Hiker’s name
  • Hiker’s address
  • Hiker’s phone number
  • Hiker’s cell phone number, if the cyclist carries a cell phone on the group ride.
  • Name of emergency contact person.
  • Relationship of the emergency contact person to the hiker.
  • Phone number for the emergency contact person

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are our group hike leaders?

We are totally dependent on our members to help share the load by leading a hike. The more hikes we have to choose from, the more opportunities for everyone. Go to the Hiking Information to see what YOU can do to be a Hike leader.

What do the listed start times on the schedule really mean?

Hikes leave at the scheduled time listed on the ride description. Please arrive early enough to adjust your gear, suit up, visit a restroom, and receive hike information, if any, from the hike leader. End times are approximate.

What happens in the event of inclement weather?

The hike leader may cancel a hike because of rain, lightening or extreme temperatures. See the Weather Policy for more details. A hike leader is expected to show up for the scheduled ride unless it is cancelled and posted as such on this website.

Can I bring a dog on hikes?

Dogs are allowed on most group hikes. Some venues such as Babler State Park do not allow animals. If bringing dogs is not mentioned in the hike description, contact the particular venue for park rules.  Dogs must be kept on a leash out of respect for fellow hikers and other animals.

Hikes Difficulty Levels

Hikes are rated easy, moderate and difficult.

Hikes are rated paved and unpaved.

Hikes are rated mostly hilly and mostly flat.

 

How to Post, Edit, or Cancel Hikes

TO ADD A HIKE AS A HIKE LEADER IN WORDPRESS:

  1. Request a username and password from rides@stlrc.org (both are case sensitive).
  2. Login http://stlrc.org/wp-admin     WordPress works best in Google Chrome.
  3. On the far left of your screen is a black sidebar with an Events link. Select it then select Events/Add New.  A New Event Window will appear.
  4. ADD THE TITLE for your hike.  Ex. Don Robinson Park HIKE, using the word HIKE after the title.  Keep the title as brief as possible.  You can be more detailed in the description area.
  5. Go to the top of the screen. Click + and enter stlrc.org      After our website opens go to Hiking Locations  by clicking Plan a Ride > Cue sheet library > Hikes > Hiking Descriptions.  (Or click Hiking Descriptions)
  6. Highlight the information for your hike. Copy (CTRL+C)

Look at the top bar  WordPress on left and stlrc.org  next to it.  Click WORDPRESS.  It will take you back to your new event in draft form.

  1. Click in the blank box. Paste your hike information. (CTRL+V)
  2. Edit any information from this description as needed. Ex.  Change the start time.
  3. Scroll down to Time and Date in the Events Calendar. Press and select the Time and Date boxes  and select your date, start time and approximate end time.
  4. Scroll down to Location and select your venue.
  5. Scroll down to Organizer and select your name.
  6. Scroll to the top of the screen and click PUBLISH.
  7. TO LOG OUT, look at the top right corner. Find Howdy (Your name) and click the person nearby.   Select Log Out.  DO NOT simply click the X to leave WORDPRESS.

TO EDIT YOUR HIKE:

  1. Open WORDPRESS (see above).
  2. Click EVENTS.
  3. Click mine (in blue lettering).
  4. Find your hike and click edit.
  5. Change whatever needs editing.
  6. Go to the top of the screen and click
  7. Log out as before.

TO CANCEL YOUR HIKE:

  1. Complete steps 1 through 4 in the To Edit Your Hike section.
  2. Go to the Title and type CANCELED after the title.
  3. Click UPDATE
  4. Click Log Out as before.