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July New Moon Hike set Saturday at Osage Hills

“July New Moon” hikes will be offered this Saturday at Osage Hills State Park.

The hikes are sponsored by Osage Hills Hiking Club in collaboration with management and staff at the park, which is located approximately 10 miles northeast of Pawhuska on U.S. Highway 60.

Able-bodied persons of all ages are invited to participate — either by themselves, as couples, in groups or with their entire family, said a spokesman for the club.

Registration starts at 8:15 a.m. at “The Barn,” which is about a mile north of the OHSP Office. The hikes are set to begin at 8:30 a.m. “while temperatures are hoped to still be on the “cool side,” organizers added.

Two different hikes will be offered, including one that is geared for intermediate-level hikers and another designed with advanced-level hikers in mind.

Hike No. 1 is intended for intermediate hikers. It involves a course about three miles long proceeding along hilly, narrow trails that pass through woods, meadows and rocky areas. At a moderate pace, this hike should take around two hours to complete.

The advanced-level Hike No. 2 links approximately six miles of park trails traversing woods and meadows along hilly, narrow and rocky trails. It is planned to be moderately paced, also, but will probably require four hours or more to complete.

Both hikes will involve frequent water stops, organizers added.

Participants should wear sturdy sneakers or hiking boots and they are encouraged to bring a hat, sunscreen, bug repellent, snacks and, of course, ample amounts of water. Rain gear also may be included — just in case.

Osage Hills Hiking Club is comprised of individuals with interests in exploring the outdoors. Many of its members also work as volunteers at the park.

More information about the club can be obtained by contacting: osagehillshiking@gmail.com

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