Grape Creek Wilderness Study Area a BLM Wildlands Hike Saturday, April 1st
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Grape Creek Wilderness Study Area (WSA), south of Royal Gorge, is part of a larger roadless area. This moderate 5-mile hike, with about 600 feet of elevation gain, will visit Susie’s Ridge, a seldom-visited area to the west of the WSA that is as wild as anything inside it. This area has been identified by Wild Connections as “lands with wilderness characteristics” suitable for management as wilderness. Learn about the Bureau of Land Management’s ongoing Resource Management Plan and the possibility of citizen action to protect areas adjacent to designated wilderness study areas, possibly for ultimate inclusion in a designated wilderness.
For more trip and carpool information and to register, contact Jim Lockhart at 719-385-0045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Table Mountain over Monument Creek. Photo Wild Connections
Monument Creek below Bear Mountain, West Table Mountain
a BLM Wildlands Hike
Saturday, April 8th
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Join us for a hike into the newest BLM identified 'Lands with Wilderness Characteristics' area in their ‘Bear Mountain’ unit. Located north of the Arkansas River and just west of Texas Creek, the Bear Mountain unit is comprised of rugged canyon terrain covered in pinion-juniper woodlands, leading up to the montane grasslands of West Table Mountain. Monument Creek, flowing down the center of the unit, and lined with willows and cottonwoods, provides a sanctuary for area wildlife. This is a moderate hike of approximately 5 miles and 1,000 feet elevation gain that traverses gulches and a steep hillside to the Monument Creek trail, which has several (fairly easy) creek crossings. Take in incredible views of Table Mountain to the north and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the south before we descend into the creek drainage. You will also learn more about BLM Lands with Wilderness Characteristics and BLM's Resource Management Plan revision that is currently in progress.
For more trip and carpool information and to register, contact John Sztukowski, 817-939-4239 or e-mail email@example.com by 5:00 PM, Friday, April 7.
Beaver Creek hikers. Photo Scott Rappold
Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area A BLM Wildlands Hike Saturday, April 15, 2017 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Visit the incomparable Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area (WSA) on the Wild South Slope of Pikes Peak. Learn about the future of this area managed by the BLM and the agency’s current land use planning process which may protect its wildland values. The moderate hike through a scenic canyon covers six miles on-trail with stream crossings and elevation gain of 800 feet.
Maximum 15 participants. For more trip and carpool information and to register, contact John Stansfield, 303-660-5849 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 PM, Friday, April 14.
Come back to this page for the May hikes.
Trips are sponsored by Wild Connections in cooperation with Pikes Peak Group Sierra Club, Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition and Conservation Colorado. All times are trailhead to trailhead. Maximum 15 participants.
BLM RMP Public Meetings
BLM is hosting these public meetings and staff from the Royal Gorge Field Office will present aspects of the Resrouce Management Plan Preliminary Draft Alternatives, answer your questions, show you how the Alternatives play out on the maps, and take your comments.
April 4, 2017
West1717 Denver W Blvd.
April 5, 2017
.Fairplay Community Center
880 Bogue Street
April 6, 2017
Salida High School
349 E 9th St.
April 11, 2017
The Abbey Event Complex
2951 East Hwy 50
April 12, 2017
Westside Community Center
1628 W. Bijou St.
April 13, 2017
375 West Pine Street
April 19, 2017
Northridge High School
7001 Grizzly Drive
April 20, 2017
Lake County High School
Cafeteria1000 West 6th Street
Earth Day (April 22) and Public Lands Day (May 20) events will be posted as soon as details are firmed up.
Wild Connections 2168 Pheasant Place, Colorado Springs CO 80909 email@example.com