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Next Red Mountain Park tour March 21

March 17, 2010

Spring break will be over by Sunday, so you can plan to end your vacation (if you got one) by hiking one of three great trails at the not-yet-opened Red Mountain Park.

The February hike almost hit 200, so the November 2009 record of 230 still stands. But don’t worry — if we break the record in March or April, you will still have great trails to enjoy, thanks to the addition of a third option for hikers.

If you want to stick with a 1.5-mile trip, the short hike will take you to Mine #13 and back. The medium option is a 2.3-mile round trip to #13 and #14. The longest option takes hikers down the Birmingham Mineral Railroad, up the Smyth Mine trail to the crest of Red Mountain, along the ridge then down the mountain to the Redding Hoist House, with the return trip on the Folds trail to Smyth and out the Railroad, about 3.8 miles round trip.

No matter which route you take, you will see great scenery and learn much about this history of this important site from the well-trained volunteers and staff. Someone will be around for every stage of the journey, from signing in to making sure that everyone stays safe and learns a lot.

So, if you have enjoyed the hike before, bring a friend this time and help someone else find out more about this great new resource that will be open in just a couple of years. Or volunteer yourself through Friends of Red Mountain Park. Check the park website for updates on this and other opportunities to explore what will be another asset for our community.

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