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Hike a volcano!

  • Apr 13, 2013 · 8:00 AM

Have you ever hiked a volcano in Colorado? I've hiked at least one (Dotsero) and now I'm doing one near Salida with a naturalist. Want to go? Read on!

Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) Volunteer Naturalist Bob Hickey will lead the public on a hike April 13 to explore an extinct volcano northeast of Salida. The hike will begin at 8 a.m. and ends around 4 p.m.

Description: There are 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, which is 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 crater.

What to bring: 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 9-mile round trip hike.

VERY IMPORTANT: You must sign up with AHRA at[masked] by April 12 to register and receive more information.

COST: There is no charge.

DOGS: Dogs must be on a leash.


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  • Debbie

    Thank you for coming along!

    April 22, 2013

  • Linda

    Beautiful hike!

    April 13, 2013

  • Divya D.

    Sorry, I won't be able to do this hike, I have cancelled it on this website and let AHRA know as well.

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    not feeling well, hope someone else has a great hike!

    April 11, 2013

    • Debbie

      Did you call the Arkansas headwaters people?

      April 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, I did. They were happy...apparently the waiting list is quite big. :)

      April 11, 2013

  • linda

    I transferred to the AHRA list for April 27th, so I'm taking myself + 1 off the list for the 13th.

    April 10, 2013

  • Dave H.

    Anne and I are probably going to head down on Friday and rent a KOA cabin for the night. If someone wants to join in with the cost and can leave by 3pm on Friday, let us know and we would love to have you along. The cabin has 4 bunks so there is room for two more.

    April 8, 2013

    • Linda

      Thanks Dave. How far was the KOA? I'm trying to look at a variety of options.

      April 9, 2013

    • Dave H.

      KOA is located in Buena Vista which is about 23 miles from Salida and a little more to the Parking lot where the trail head is. KOA [masked])still has cabins ($59+Tax) available, but it is not much more expensive for a Motel Room($62+Tax) at the Woodland Motel[masked]) in Salida. Your call.

      April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am on the AHRA list for 4-13-13. Thanks.

    April 9, 2013

  • Charly

    I am on AHRA list for the 27th with a 1+. Sorry to miss you on the 13th.

    April 9, 2013

  • Charly

    Deb, just talked to AHRA again. I am definitely in for April 27 so I'm taking myself and +1 off of the 13th; I was on AHRA waitlist for 13th. I'll cancel on Meetup. Thanks!

    April 9, 2013

  • Dave H.

    Please note that we have changed plans and will not have extra room as we are going all the way into Salida on Friday, but the motel room we are renting has no extra beds. Sorry for the confusion, but going all the way with a definite shower seemed a better option.

    April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    hello-

    didn't think about the timing of this, and think I'll have to pass- new to CO and don't have a sense yet of travel time...

    April 8, 2013

  • Andrew

    AHRA has a limit of 25 people for this hike. Currently it is full, with 6 on their waiting list. They have scheduled a repeat hike on April 27. I won't be going, but I suggest that someone figure out how long it takes to drive to Salida and set up a carpool time and location.

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be traveling from Colorado Springs...if anyone else is, too, and would like to carpool, feel free to contact me. Looking forward to this hike!

    April 4, 2013

  • Leila

    next time

    April 3, 2013

  • Anne H.

    Dave and I are registered with the state park

    April 3, 2013

  • Brian

    Got my AHRA confirmation!

    April 2, 2013

  • Charly

    I'm supposedly 1st two on wait list [masked]). Here's hoping!

    April 2, 2013

  • Divya D.

    I am in.....I signed up with AHRA, I would like to get a ride from Lakewood or Denver. I am fine driving early morning or Friday evening. Please let me know if anyone is interested in carpooling.

    April 2, 2013

  • Divya D.

    Are we supposed to meet at the trailhead near Salida or is there a possibility of carpooling from Denver?

    April 1, 2013

  • Cindy D.

    This sounds Awesome...but I will still be in Raleigh! Will watch for this one again!

    April 1, 2013

  • Karen D.

    This sounds so fun! Ill have to wait till after my second is born :) but would love to do this sometime.

    April 1, 2013

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