Turn "Black Friday" into "Green Friday" on a hike in your California State Parks! As an alternative to stress and consumerism on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving), invite someone to join you in choosing the outdoors over fighting it out in the aisles.

For “Green Friday,” Red Rock Canyon State Park is offering a challenging guided 7.5-mile hike through the unique and beautiful rocky and sandy terrain of Hagen Canyon, Whistler Ridge, Red Rooster and Mushroom Rock Wash, including a short stretch of serious rock scrambling. The route is for moderate to advanced hikers; there will be opportunities along the route to return on your own to the parking area.

Meet hike leader Alice on Friday, Nov. 29 at the Hagen Canyon parking lot at 9 a.m., on Abbott Drive just off of State Route 14 (pay the $6 per vehicle parking fee at the visitor center kiosk before meeting up). Lots of water, snacks, lunch, layered clothing, sun protection, and shoes with good traction are necessary. Gloves for rock scrambling areas (gardening gloves are adequate) and trekking poles are recommended. No dogs are allowed on this guided hike, and only heavy rain will cancel.

For questions about the Green Friday hike at Red Rock Canyon State Park, contact hike leader Alice at alicekhteian@hotmail.com. For more information about Red Rock Canyon State Park, visit www.parks.ca.gov/RedRockCanyonStatePark or www.Facebook.com/RedRockCanyonStatePark.

When: Friday, Nov. 29, at 9 a.m.

Where:  Red Rock Canyon State Park, 37749 Abbott Drive, Cantil (22 miles north of Mojave on State Route 14, near California City)

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