The Sandy Neck Trek!!


Sandy Neck Beach Parking Lot - West Barnstable, MA
425 Sandy Neck Road

Sun, Apr 28, 2019 at 1:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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Road Trip!! Join us as the Trekkers make another visit to The Cape, and this time at low tide! Why go to The Cape on a hot summer day when you can go on what will likely be a cool-ish spring day! No crowds, no long lines, no horseflies, and plenty of parking. We’ll hike a loop of approximately 10 + miles through Sandy Neck Beach Park, hiking partly though dunes and maritime forests and hiking partly on the beach. FYI: The following distances and elevation gains are sourced from published and online guidebooks and are posted below as a way for BSOT members to determine whether or not the posted event is one they are capable of and willing to participate in. These published and online sources sometimes contain conflicting or missing information. BSOT and the Event Host are not responsible for any inaccuracies for distances and elevation gains. Trek Times are purely an estimate. Trek Type: a loop Distance: 10+ miles Elevation gain: 200' +? Difficulty: easy-ish. Rated easy for elevation gain, factor in your own ability to walk 10+ miles, exposed to the sun and wind, on the sand. Time: 5+ hours Attendance: 15 http://www.town.barnstable.ma.us/SandyNeckPark/Default.aspx From the Town of Barnstable webpage: Just south of the beaches, within the interior of the park, are the spectacular maritime forests and dune overlooks. Because of the fragility of these wild lands, you must stay on designated trails. To access this dune area travel on foot (or on horseback within limited areas) along trails connecting the front beach to the Great Marsh and Barnstable Harbor. Here footprints of hikers join those of the abundant wildlife that call Sandy Neck their home. It is within these forests, marshes and dunes that Sandy Neck exhibits its unique un-spoiled landscape. Because of its significant natural resources, including multiple endangered species, Sandy Neck has been recognized by the state of Massachusetts as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern. In addition, Sandy Neck is designated as a Cultural Historical District because of the many antique dune shacks and cottages, including the Sandy Neck Lighthouse. The mission of the Sandy Neck Program is to provide recreational opportunities and access to our town’s citizens and visitors while protecting the natural, cultural, and historic resources on Sandy Neck so that a long term, sustainable balance between use and conservation of these resources is achieved. No dogs and no guests. If you would like to bring a guest they must first apply to become a member of the group. Carpooling is welcome. If you would like to carpool you're welcome to post that request in the *Comments* section of the event's page. But please respond to those posts via *Meetup Messenger*. You do that by clicking on a member's profile, then clicking on *message*. The use of cell phones and other devices for phone calls, listening to music or the radio is not welcome on the events I host. You are welcome to use your device for hiking apps and cameras. Thank you in advance for respecting this request. The Fine Print: The Liability Waiver, and The Hiker Responsibility Code and Other Stuff: Read it at least once and make me happy! 1: By clicking the "Yes" option on the RSVP link you are agreeing to The Liability Waiver as stated:As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants and/or others; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, clothing, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; you know and will follow the Hiker Responsibility Code described at www.hikesafe.com; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for property damage, injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons. 2: The Hiker Responsibility Code: Wherever you hike, no matter what season or whether it's a short hike or a multi-day trek, be safe: You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared: With knowledge and gear. Become self reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather and your equipment before you start. To leave your plans. Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you will return and your emergency plans. To stay together. When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person. To turn back. Weather changes quickly in the mountains. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. The mountains will be there another day. For emergencies. Even if you are headed out for just an hour, an injury, severe weather or a wrong turn could become life threatening. Don’t assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself. To share the hiker code with others. 3: Other Stuff: We hike in light rain or showers, but heavy snow or extreme cold weather cancels. Bring water, hiking boots (not sneakers), bug spray and lunch/snacks. Protect yourself against deer ticks and dress in appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.NO cotton clothing please! Become self-reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather and your equipment before you start. Any time estimate given by an Event Organizer is just that. Actual times vary greatly according to the weather, trail conditions, and the group itself. Don't sign up if you've scheduled something later in the day as The Event Organizer is not responsible for getting you back in time. We do our best to research trail conditions ahead of time but these reports can be far from accurate. There is no way of knowing every trail’s condition. This is a group event and participants are expected to follow the leader, stay together, stop at junctions or summits, and support all participants should circumstances require teamwork. We start together and finish together. If you decide to leave the group at any time, you are on your own. Please don't RSVP "Yes" unless you intend to come. We are committed to being there for you. If you are not equally committed to being there then please don't sign up just to hold a spot. You need a recognizable facial photo as your profile picture in order to participate in this and all Trekkers events.