Pikes Peak leaf hike Saturday, September 23 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Trailhead to Trailhead)
Join us for a hike along a section of the Ring the Peak Trail on the west side of Pikes Peak during aspen season. We can never predict for sure, but hopefully the aspen will be at or near their peak.
Learn about the preservation efforts on the North Slope and Pikes Peak roadless area and recent efforts by the Forest Service to manage recreation in the area, and about its ongoing travel management planning.
This hike will be approximately four miles with an elevation gain of 600 feet and is rated moderate. The hike is sponsored by Pikes Peak Group Sierra Club, Wild Connections, and Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition. For more information or to sign up contact Jim Lockhart at 719-385-0045 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
South Platte River at Wildcat Canyon. Photo Misi Ballard
Wildcat Canyon Hike Sunday, October 8 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Trailhead to Trailhead)
Join us for a hike into the remote section of the S. Platte River known as Wildcat Canyon. This stretch of river, upstream from Cheesman Reservoir to the S. Platte’s confluence with Tarryall Creek, is a lush oasis within a low burn severity area of the 2002 Hayman fire. It is home to deer, elk and the occasional mountain lion. The hike is a moderate 2.5 miles to the river’s edge with a 1200” elevation drop. The return is a more challenging uphill climb to the trailhead. There is an optional 1.5 mile hike along the river to Tarryall Creek. In sum, this moderate hike is appromxiately 6 miles round-trip, with an optional additional 3 miles. Participants are welcome to fish (with CO fishing license) instead of the optional hike as well.
Wildcat Canyon is severely threatened by illegal motorized activity. Roads closed after the Hayman fire are being ridden down to the river on both east and west sides, and vehicles are crossing the Platte, causing damage to water quality and wildlife habitat. We will explore the river’s edge, learn about travel management on the Pike National Forest and how you can help protect this beautiful pocket of wildness.
Plan on packing a lunch and snacks, plenty of water, layers of clothing, rain gear, sturdy boots, and your standard hiking essentials. Trekking poles are strongly encouraged for this hike. Bring your own fishing pole, gear, and license if you would like to fish. This trip is co-sponsored by Wild Connections, Pikes Peak Sierra Club, Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition and Great Old Broads for Wilderness. For more information or to register, please contact Misi Ballard at 303-884-7640 or email@example.com
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