Staff Pick: Backcountry Hike at Clear Creek Metro Park

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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.