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.