Nature Hike at Long Canyon: Flagstaff Road

I recently went on a guided hike with Steve Jones, a local eco-steward and naturalist, on a gorgeous trail in Long Canyon. He pointed out all sorts of fascinating features along the trail that I would like to share with you. We will see the largest oak tree in Boulder county, the most frequently visited bat watering hole in a creek, the largest fern grove in the front range, a grove of extremely rare paper birch that date back to the ice-age, and tree damage caused by a black bear that was hunting either the eggs or young of the nesting bird inside. And at the end of the hike we will see an extremely rare all-yellow wild orchid!

Bring your binoculars to spy on birds and butterflies. Hopefully the weather will be warm enough to wake them up from their slumber and inspire them to get out and about.

Don't forget water and a fleece.  It's will probably be rather chilly until later in the morning.

We will decide as a group how far and how long to hike, but I'm thinking of 3 to 4 hours round trip.  I chose this early time because parking becomes nearly impossible to find both at the summit and Chautauqua Park later on a Sunday.

Since the parking at the summit is $5 per car I thought it would be a good idea to park at Chautauqua Park and carpool up. If you want to drive the 3.5 miles up Flagstaff Road to park next to the trailhead please feel free to do so.  If you RSVP please comment if you are going to meet at Chautauqua or at the Realization Point parking lot at the summit.

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  • Dmitriy Z.

    That was a wonderful little nature hike! It was great to meet all of you. And huge props to Nick for setting this up!

    June 23, 2013

  • Melissa

    Great hike! Thanks for organizing it, Nick. It was fun to slow down a little, and also learn a little about the area. I want to go back to see the bats!

    June 23, 2013

  • Nick K.

    Gorgeous, quiet, serene, peaceful.

    June 23, 2013

  • Claudia

    Wish I could join you guys! Have a great time.

    June 23, 2013

  • Beth

    I will meet you at Chautauqua. Looking forward to it!

    June 22, 2013

  • Dolores

    I will park at Realization point. I am 5' tall and will b wearing a Dave Matthews cap and a light blue jacket.

    June 22, 2013

  • Lisa

    2 Lisa's and a golden will be attending. Looking forward to it!
    We'll meet at the trailhead assuming we can get parking.

    June 20, 2013

  • Melissa

    Nick, I will be at the Chautauqua parking lot at 7am. Thanks for organizing this, it sounds like fun!

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Approximately what is the difficulty/length of this hike? I have an injury and could only do something relatively easy. Thanks!

    June 19, 2013

    • Nick K.

      Hi Chris, I think it is a very easy hike. Everyone on the hike I mentioned was over 50 years old, some in their 60's. There is one part that has a switch back and is kinda steep, but only for a very short distance. Overall it is very flat and gently rolling. We can go as slow as people want.

      June 19, 2013

  • Holly

    Sounds great Nick. Should we meet at the Rangers cottage?

    June 18, 2013

    • Nick K.

      Hi Holly, I was going to send out a more detailed message later, but yes, that is what I was thinking that the Ranger's cottage would be good. Thanks for the question.

      June 19, 2013

  • Peter M.

    i will meet at tjhe chataqua park parking lot

    June 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sunday is already booked. Will look forward to another.

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds really like a cool hike but 7 o'clock is too early for me!

    June 18, 2013

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