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Plodding on the Plover (Soapstone Hike)

Soapstone Prairie and Red Mountain are closed in the winter as part of the Mountains to Prairies Project. They are reopening on March 1st, but then the Plover Trail closes from April 1 - July 15 to protect the prairie bird hatchlings. So March is the only time for a while when we'll get the chance to explore this trail in Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. It's likely to be cold and windy, but, hey, that never stops us!

We have a loop that will take in the whole of the Plover Trail. We start from the North Parking Lot (where Lindenmeier Trail starts) and hike around the edges of the Towhee Loop and the Mahogany Loop, onto the eastbound Canyon Trail and then onto the Plover. When we hit the Pronghorn Loop, we take that back to the parking lot. Total distance: about 16 miles, but it's flat and fairly easy terrain.

Distance: 15.6 miles
Elevation: between 6400' to 7000' the entire loop
Rating: easy to moderate (but long)
Dogs: not allowed at Soapstone

Where and When (departure times): 
7:05am K-Mart Parking Lot, 2665 W Eisenhower, Loveland
7:45am Albertson's Parking Lot (behind Subway), 1636 N College, Ft Collins 
9:00am Trailhead (google)



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Didn't attend

    March 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was not inform that the meeting was at 7am so I will see you next time. My direction is poor so I know I get lost trying to get there , oh well , sorry I Miss it.

    March 22, 2014

  • Jane R.

    Insomnia made me wake up late: see u at trailhead.

    March 22, 2014

    • Christina S.

      Hi Jane, the group started at the trailhead- if you get there and want to catch them, they left around now (9:10) and started heading east on the TH.

      March 22, 2014

    • Christina S.

      Lazon, the meeting time at Kmart was 7:05am. :(

      March 22, 2014

  • Ed M.

    I too will have too drop. Have fun, see you in 2 weeks

    March 22, 2014

  • Paul C.

    Sorry for the last minute drop. Issue at work that came up last night and more follow up that I need to address this morning.

    March 22, 2014

  • Steve J.

    insomnia, etc :(

    March 22, 2014

  • Kristi

    Ack, I am possibly coming down with one of the many sicknesses that are going around. Am going to see how it is when I get up, but given the long day this promises to be, it may be wise to sit this one out...boo. :/

    March 22, 2014

  • Susan

    I made other plans before I got off the waitlist. :-(

    March 21, 2014

  • Tanya

    I'm not sure what to wear to this? I figure we don't need snowshoes. But do I need to wear my snowpants?

    March 21, 2014

    • Kevin L.

      There's no snow on the ground currently and I don't think we'll get any accumulation to worry about tomorrow, so you don't want snow shoes, but expect temps in the 20s with some wind. So you should have wind proof outer layer plus ample insulation, like a fleece or two, gloves, etc. You could bring snow pants to ward off the wind if you want but that's probably not necessary. I'll just be wearing regular hiking pants myself.

      1 · March 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would say wear a good sturdy or heavy jean pants , or if you don't have it, wear an extra pants like that can fit under your pant. I usually wear men pant cuz their more resistance and made better than the women pants. Hope that Infromation will help ...!

    March 21, 2014

  • Deanne

    Knee pain:(

    March 21, 2014

  • Kevin L.

    Just an update with the weather forecast for tomorrow. We were so hoping for a blue bird March day for this long hike! But in reality it looks likely that snow will be falling and it will be windy. Snow and wind on the high prairie can be pretty miserable so dress accordingly and expect a long day! :(

    1 · March 21, 2014

  • Yuri

    Family obligations holds me in Greeley. Have fun!

    March 21, 2014

  • Cory P.

    Unfortunately I need to work so I wont be able to go but I really hope that there will be another hike to soapstone soon.

    March 20, 2014

  • Cory P.

    I have always wanted to go to soapstone Prairie natural area

    1 · February 26, 2014

    • John

      I was anticipating a spiel from Ranger Lundeen so I'm sorry in going to miss this …

      1 · March 16, 2014

    • Christina S.

      Oh, you're totally missing out. He has the vest and the nametag and a FLIPCHART. You are so missing out.

      1 · March 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have a great hike. Catch you on the next adventure.

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • Eric E.

    Sorry to miss the hike, but the ski slopes are calling...

    1 · March 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will meet up at k-mart in Loveland to car pool with someone . Are let me know where I can go. Thanks!

    March 6, 2014

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