Here are all the resources for the mystery hike. I strongly advise you to print out the PDF version of this guide below just in case you get stuck or can’t connect to the internet to watch the videos.
Please adhere to the following safety guidelines:
- Plan ahead for weather and conditions. The hike will take around 1.5 hours at a moderate walking speed with stops. Check the weather forecast before starting on your hike, and make sure you have enough daylight to complete the hike.
- Be prepared for the hike. The hike is a little over 2 miles and includes some steep sections. The trail is mostly dirt with some wooden bridges to cross over. There are some narrow spots that make it hard for strollers to get through, and some wooden steps in one downhill area.
- Look out for nature. We are fortunate enough to live in an area with plenty of wildlife, so keep an eye out on the trail for snakes and even the occasional bear that might cross your path. (Actually, it’s fair to say you are crossing its path.)
Cub Scout Six Essentials
Please review the following with your cub and have them prepare the following for the hike:
First-aid kit: adhesive bandages, moleskin, gauze, antibiotic ointment, etc. Water bottle: filled and large enough to last until it can be filled again Flashlight: for emergency use only
Trail food: can be made as a den activity prior to hike or campout
Sun protection: sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater and a hat
Whistle: also for emergency use only
The Stops (answers at the end)
The hike begins at the Clubhouse at Western Ridge, located at 5030 Lake Tree Ln. In the back corner of the parking lot there is a trail that leads down the hill.
Beginning your mystery hike
Like a knight in some very old fable
Follow the trail to the meadow
Your next clue is at the green _______
Stop 1: the picnic table
Hiking is always a blast
In the sun, or the snow, or the rain
Follow the trail ’till you see a side path
That leads to the tracks of a ______
Stop 2: The train tracks
Note: do not take the trail to the train tracks. The next clue is at where the side trail begins.
Continue our mystery hike
Follow up and down the ridge
Walk past the ‘2’ and soon enough you
Will cross over the creek at the _________
Stop 3: the bridge
Bring a healthy snack on your hike
Maybe something with peanuts or raisins
Continue down the trail ’till you see a white sign
That points to Lickinghole ________
Stop 4: the Lickinghole Basin sign
Note: do not take the path to the right that the sign points to! Continue forward.
In Cub Scouts we follow the buddy system
Never alone, but in pairs
Stop at the fork in the trail
After you go down the ______
Stop 5: the fork in the trail after the stairs
Follow the trail to your right
Cross over the bridge like you should
Soon you’ll come to a place to watch nature
It’s a blind that’s made out of _______
Stop 6: The nature blind
Stop and enjoy the wildlife
Rest until you feel fine
Continue on the trail you are on
Until you come to the _______
Stop 7: the trailhead sign
You’re nearing the end of your journey
And your backpack has lessened its load
Follow the trail up the hill
Until you encounter the _______
After meeting up with the road, head left (west) a quarter-mile to return to the parking lot where you began. Congratulations on completing the mystery hike!
Answers to the riddles