Saturday, April 22: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
AHRA Volunteer Naturalist Bob Hickey will lead a fascinating hike on April 22 to explore an extinct volcano northeast of Salida. The hike will begin at 8:00 a.m. and end around 4:00 p.m.
Hikers will enjoy lovely views of the surrounding area and as the hike enters the forest, the trail drops into upper Cottonwood Gulch and the volcanic rock zone of the Salida Volcano Field. There is a beautiful pond as the hike begins to climb up beside Rick Mountain (a large volcanic deposit). The trail then follows the west slopes of Big Baldy Mountain (the main volcano in this area) to a saddle connecting Big Baldy with The Crater where hikers can stand on the rim and look into a small but real volcanic cone.
Hikers should bring plenty of water, snacks, a sack lunch and sunscreen, wear good hiking shoes and dress accordingly for the weather. A hiking stick or pole would be helpful on the cone of the crater. This is a moderate hike of 9 miles round trip, and because of the distance is not suitable for children under 10 years old.
There is no charge, but space is limited, so call AHRA at 719-539-7289 by noon on the 21st to register. Hikers will also receive detailed hike information.
Audience: Adults Only
East of Salida
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