Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition and Wild Connections invite all interested people to take a walk in the woods on Juneteenth at Thirtynine Mile Mountain, a part of our Pike National Forest, This land is proposed for future Wilderness Area designation. The moderately strenuous six-mile hike will explore valleys and ridges of the seldom-visited mountain which forms the southeast end of South Park, south of Fairplay. We will travel on and off trails and gain up to 1,000 feet in elevation.
Participants should bring lunch, plenty of water and snacks, clothing suitable for the weather conditions, including rain gear, and good footwear suitable for hiking in rocks and brush. A brief reading and discussion of the importance of access to and protection of public lands and wildland values for all people will be presented at lunch.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we will be practicing safe health precautions. Wearing masks and maintaining social distance is requested upon our hike meet-up, with the option of not wearing your mask on the hike with safe social distancing. We ask people not to carpool with people who are not members of their household, if carpoolers have not completed their Covid-19 vaccinations. Cars will meet in Hartsel, CO at the intersection of U.S. Highway 24 and CO Highway 9 at 8:30 AM and caravan to the trailhead.
Pre-trip registration with the leader John Stansfield is required by Friday, 5:00 PM, June 18. To register and obtain trip information, including directions to the trailhead meeting location, contact John Stansfield at phone 303-660-5849 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Examining bear-clawed tree in Thirtynine Mile Mountain. Photo John Stansfield.
East Bear Gulch Hike, a BLM Wildlands Outing
Saturday, June 26, 2021
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (trailhead to trailhead times)
Wild Connections and Central Colorado Wilderness are hosting a hike up East Bear Gulch in the Wet Mountains to a viewpoint overlooking Grape Creek Wilderness Study Area, one of the areas proposed for future Wilderness Area designation in the Colorado Wilderness Act. This six-mile hike with approximately 1,700 feet of elevation gain is rated strenuous.
This trail permits mountain bikes and motorcycles and offers an opportunity to see how these uses impact trail conditions and opportunities for solitude. We will also learn about efforts to protect our wildlands through the wilderness bills currently before Congress and by Forest Service forest plans and travel management planning.
Participants should bring lunch, plenty of water and snacks, clothing suitable for the weather conditions, including rain gear, and good footwear suitable for hiking off trail in rocks and brush.
For COVID-19 awareness, we will be practicing safe health precautions. We ask participants to maintain social distance during the hike and to bring masks to wear when social distancing is not possible. We recommend that you carpool with family or household members or with those who have completed their Covid-19 vaccinations. Others are welcome to provide their own transportation or make their own carpooling arrangements. We will meet in Canon City at 8:15 to caravan to the trailhead.
To register and obtain the information, including directions to the trailhead, contact Jim Lockhart at phone 719-385-0045 or e-mail email@example.com.
Grape Creek Valley. Photo by John Stansfield.
Click the image to view the video
Colorado's Cutthroat Trout:
Exploring the Heritage of Our State Fish
presented by Doug Krieger
Doug Krieger takes you sleuthing into the genetic science behind the "discovery" of the original distribution (endemic range) of the State's cutthroat trout subspecies with emphasis on the greenback. Doug retired from Colorado Parks and Wildlife after a long career that included managing the aquatic resources within the Arkansas River Basin and serving as Chief of Fisheries. It is a great story of ancient origins, split-ups and moving from one river system to another and even getting back home again.
Wild Connections Climate Planning video
January 26, 2021 Zoom presentation
available on YouTube
Alison Gallensky presented Wild Connections approach to climate modeling and how various scenarios might play out in key locations in our region. View the 50 minute video at the left or go to YouTubehttps://youtu.be/EpEKzo9ay4k
Click the image to view the video
Colorado Trail Indoor Outing
Wild Connections Board member Karl Ford recently presented on the Colorado Trail in the Wild Connections Area.
Karl has completed 8,000 miles on the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail long distance hikes. See views of his 2020 250-mile hike along the Colorado Trail and hear about the status of protected and proposed Wilderness Areas and other Wild Connections activities.
Fly Over Grape Creek Wilderness Area Threatened by proposed mining
EcoFlight will take you over the Grape Creek area where a mining company is proposing to mine various minerals. Already there are impacts from helicopter activity that droped in an exploratory drill rig and water was pumped out of Grape Creek to service the rig.
Arkansas Canyon Wild Areas
Fly over the exceptional wildlands in the Arkansas Canyon with EcoFlight
President L. B. Johnson signs the Wilderness Act at the White House, September 3, 1964 Photo Wilderness Watch.org . Click above to go to the video.
Celebrate the Birthday of the Wilderness Act with Prose & Poetry A Wild Connections 25th Anniversary Indoor Outing
First Known Man’s and Woman’s Ascents of Pikes Peak John Stansfield, Storyteller and Writer, recounts the fascinating history of the early adventurers on Pikes Peak. Ute people, Edwin James of the Long Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, and Julia Archibald coming west with her family are featured.
Click the image to go to the YouTube video
Celebrate 25 years of protecting wildlands in central Colorado
Explore some of Wild Connections' history and accomplishments with photos and maps.
Wild Connections' mission is to identify, protect, and restore wildlands, native species, and biological diversity in the Arkansas and South Platte watersheds. They are the ancestral lands of the Ute, Cheyenne, Arapaho and other indigenous peoples.