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Denver Chapter - CoNPS

Chief Mountain
June 9, Sunday (Date is subject to change. Registration details and time will be posted at a later date)
Leader: Jeanne Willson

Explore the transition from mountain through subalpine to alpine with a focus on how the limber pines and bristlecone pines deal with life on the edge. After a quick stop in Bergen Park, we'll take a drive up Squaw Pass through forests with most of Colorado's high altitude native evergreen trees. The trail is just under 3 miles round trip, and the elevation gain is about 950 feet. We'll make many stops on the way up the trail, ending on top of Chief Mountain with 360 degree views of mountains and plains, weather permitting, and close-in views of wildflowers.

Plan on hiking for three hours plus time to drive from the I-70 roadcut. Bring warm clothes, snack and water, field guides, camera, etc.

Jeanne Willson holds a PhD in Botany from Cornell. She currently is Co-President of the Metro Denver Chapter of CoNPS and volunteers teaching natural history including geology, paleontology, and evolution with the Colorado Mountain Club and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

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