Pikes Peak Group to offer new hiking opportunities
By Jim Lockhart
Pikes Peak Group Outings Chair
Pikes Peak Group (PPG) in Colorado Springs is planning three new types
of outings in 2013: Sierra Club Rambles, Local Favorites Hikes and
Wilderness Anniversary Hikes.
Sierra Club Rambles
rambles are scheduled on weekdays and are shorter and less strenuous
than our regular outings. While rambles are designed with older folks in
mind, anyone nine or older is welcome to join us. We take time to
explore and learn about the natural world, including observing birds,
identifying wildflowers and stopping for photos.
first ramble, a Ute cultural trees hike led by Carol Stansfield, was
held on a weekday in April. The Ute people who roamed the Pikes Peak
region for thousands of years often “modified” ponderosa pine trees,
bending or carving them to create directional indicators or mark
ceremonial sites. Participants met at La Foret in Black Forest, where
one of the staff led them on an easy hike to visit and wonder about some
of these special trees.
Local Favorite Hikes
local hikes focus on the immediate vicinity of Colorado Springs and are
aimed at helping people learn more about the hiking and recreational
opportunities in our own backyard. The first hike, along the Paul
Intemann Trail on the west side of Colorado Springs, was led by Bob
Wagstaff in February.
hiked from the trailhead in Section 16, at the southern end of the
trail, to a hilltop overlooking Crystal Park Road. A second hike, also
led by Bob Wagstaff, visited Cheyenne Mountain State Park in March. Like
the La Foret Ramble, it was held on a weekday to accommodate people
interested in hiking during the week.
next Local Favorites Hike, on Saturday, June 15, will go from Green
Mountain Falls to Catamount Reservoir on the north side of Pikes Peak.
It will pass through an area known locally as the Garden of Eden for its
Wild Anniversary Hikes
beginning this year, the PPG, in conjunction with Wild Connections and
the Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition, is leading a series of hikes
marking 2014 as the 50th anniversary of the American Wilderness System.
The first of these commemorative hikes was to Lost Creek Wilderness on
Saturday, June 1, and was led by John Stansfield. The hike was on a
trail initially constructed by PPG members in 1974. Other hikes later
this year and in 2014 will visit other wilderness areas in the region.
For details of these and other PPG hikes, visit the calendar section of the Pikes Peak Group or Rocky Mountain Chapter website.
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