Candlelight Snowshoe Hike 2020!

Saturday, January 18th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

$8 per person or $9 with online purchase

Candlelight Snowshoe Hike Event Registration for Cash/Check

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  • Follow a torch-lit trail through the reserve
  • See Heckrodt Wetland Reserve in a new light
  • Enjoy hot cider by the fire place
  • Youth 3 years and under are free and welcome, just bring a sled to pull them in
  • Registration required (limited space available)

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Snowshoes are sized by weight, not shoe size. It’s based on the load bearing strength of the snowshoe design.
  2. Most of our snowshoes are lightweight aluminum.  We have a few pair of traditional wooden snowshoes.  If you prefer traditional ones, please ask.
  3. The Candlelight Trail will be about a mile and a half long – it is a different trail than our marked snowshoe trail.  The terrain will be relatively flat.
  4. This is not a guided hike.  Participants will follow the torch lighted trail at their own pace.
  5. Wear your regular boots for snowshoeing – no special footwear is required.  Dress in layers – take the temperature into account.
  6. Anyone who can walk with ease can snowshoe.  It’s great exercise!
  7. We have snowshoes to fit children 3 years old and up.  However, you may want to bring a toboggan or sled to pull behind you in case your young snowshoer gets too tired to go on.
  8. If you have little ones younger than 3, bring them along.  There isn’t a fee for them.  BUT bring a toboggan or sled with you to pull behind you for them to ride in.
  9. You are welcome to bring your own snowshoes if you have them, however the fee is still $8/person.  Please think of  it as a donation to our nature programs.
  10. We must have a 6″ soft snow base for snowshoeing at Heckrodt.  This protects our snowshoes from damage due to ice and underlying forest detritus (limbs, rocks, etc).  It also protects the environment and hibernating critters from being trampled.  What happens if there isn’t enough snow?  We will have a Candlelight Hike through the wetland instead.
  11. We will provide hot cider to warm up in the building after your hike.
  12. This event is limited to 60(ish) people.  The limiting factor is the number of snowshoes we have available and the weight distribution of those in attendance.  We have fewer “big people” snowshoes, and lots of “middle and little people” snowshoes.