Gray Back Peak in Beaver Creek Proposed Wilderness Saturday, July 8 Half-day hike 7:45 AM to Noon PM
Hidden behind Cheyenne Mountain and towering over a wooded valley lies a long ridge topped by Gray Back Peak. Rescheduled from the snowed-out Colorado Public Lands Day hike, this moderate half-day, in-and-out trail hike covers four miles which steadily gains 650 feet in elevation.
Learn about the Pike National Forest’s Little Fountain Creek roadless area, part of the Wilderness proposed for the Wild South Slope of Pikes Peak. Bring sturdy footwear, clothes appropriate for the weather forecast, water, snacks, and usual dayhike essentials.Maximum 15 participants. For more trip and carpool information and to register, contact John Stansfield, 303-660-5849 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 PM, Friday, July 7.
Lizard Rock Photo The Gozes
Lizard Rock, Tarryall Mountains Saturday, July 8 9 am - 3 pm Hike in the Tarryall Mountains with District Ranger Josh Voorhis of the South Park Ranger District. Family friendly (10+ years) moderate out and easy back 4.5 mile round-trip hike through an aspen forest to the Lizard Rock formation. Kids will get a Nature Hunt brochure to challenge their curiosity and observation skills while hiking. Registration required! Contact Misi Ballard, 303-884-7640 or email@example.com by 5:00 pm, Thursday July 6 to register
Trips are sponsored by Wild Connections, Pikes Peak Group of Sierra Club and Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition. Times are trailhead to trailhead.
2017 Restoration Project Monitoring Trips
Farnum Peak - July 15 Selkirk Gulch - July 16 Green Mountain - August 19
What did volunteers accomplish with digging, raking, cementing, dragging and giving back to these wild areas? Are the closures secure? Are the critters moving through? Are hikers enjoying the solitude and sounds of just the wind and water?
Wild Connections will guide these combination hiking and monitoring trips. Some folks will focus on photos and descriptions of changes; others will just enjoy a fine excursion into the back country. Registration will be required, and group size will be limited. Those of you who worked on the projects are especially invited to come. Click the images for an enlarged view.
More details are forth coming, but get the dates on your calendar now.
2017 New Restoration Projects Coming
Packer Gulch at Farnum Peak - August 2 and 3 Rock Creek at Lost Creek Wilderness - September date tbd
Join other volunteers and Forest Service staff to close some illegal or decomissioned routes, put in fencing and protect the newly restored areas. The Packer Gulch project will help restrict illegal motorized use that intrudes into the Farnum Peak Roadless Area. The Rock Creek project will relocate the trailhead for Lost Creek Wilderness to a sustainable location, as well as improve water quality and riparian habitat for the ongoing reintroduction of Greenback Cutthroat trout.
We'll have all the details and registration information here later.Click the images for an enlarged view of the draft maps.
Wild Connections 2168 Pheasant Place, Colorado Springs CO 80909 firstname.lastname@example.org