10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m(Trailhead to Trailhead time)
Ecology Park, an area near Cañon City and south of Royal Gorge, which is jointly managed between the BLM and Fremont County, offers hiking trails and access to Grape Creek and Temple Canyon. We will explore the area along Grape Creek in Ecology Park and adjoining BLM wild lands. We will learn about the BLM’s Resource Management Plan revision, and how it could affect the area, and also about Ecology Park, a landfill restored for hiking, mountain biking, and other non-motorized recreation.
This hike, sponsored by Pikes Peak Group Sierra Club, Wild Connections, and Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition, is rated moderate because a portion of it is off-trail along a stream bottom, with some easy climbing over obstacles. Bring lunch, snacks, water, clothing suitable for the weather conditions, and footwear suitable for moderate off-trail hiking. An optional carpool from Colorado Springs will be arranged.
Grape Creek at Temple Canyon. Photo Wild Connections.
Cottonwood Creek, a BLM Wildlands Hike
Saturday, April 7, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Trailhead to Trailhead time)
Cottonwood Creek near Crampton Mountain is a lush perennial drainage that meanders along Cottonwood Ridge, tucked into the hills near the Tallahassee Creek Valley north of Table Mountain and the Arkansas River Canyonlands. This easy-to-moderate hike of five miles round-trip and approximately 500 feet elevation gain follows a rarely used BLM non-motorized trail over a ridge and into the beautiful Cottonwood Creek drainage, closed in by steep ridges and dense mixed forests. The majority of the trail is an elevated old roadbed above the creek, which is now revegetated. There will also be a couple fairly easy creek crossings.
Learn about BLM Lands with Wilderness Characteristics and BLM's Resource Management Plan revision currently in progress. Bring lunch, snacks, water, suitable clothing, boots suitable for off-trail hiking, water crossings, and possible snow, and other standard hiking essentials. This trip is sponsored by Wild Connections, Pikes Peak Group Sierra Club, and Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition.
Maximum 15 participants. For more trip and carpool information and to register, contact John Sztukowski, 817-939-4239 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 5:00 PM, Friday, April 6.