Staff Pick: Backcountry Hike at Clear Creek Metro Park

From the December 27, 2011 edition

Since Thanksgiving, you’ve had plenty of time to eat, socialize and sit by the fireplace with strong drinks. Now, friend, a new year is approaching. It’s a time of new beginnings.

To start things off right, join a group taking a three-mile hike through Clear Creek Metro Park on New Year’s Day. The preserve’s backcountry is known for its rugged beauty and remoteness — characteristics that will be underscored by the quiet stillness of winter.

The hike will include some tough, up-and-down terrain, so bring sturdy, comfortable shoes and plenty of water.