- BACKPACKING in Grand Gulch/ southeast Utah- 23 miles Kane Gulch to Bullet Canyon
Kane Gulch Ranger Station
Grand Gulch is at the heart of the the Cedar Mesa - Bears Ears area in southeast Utah. Our friend Tanner Morrill from Salt Lake City has the permit for this backpacking adventure. Starting at the Kane Gulch Ranger Station we will take 3 days to walk about 23 miles through the canyon bottom then up Bullet Canyon back to the highway. Along the way there will be many Ancestral Puebloan (this is the term used now, formerly Anasazi) ruins and displays of rock art. Among the named ruins we will pass by include: Junction, Turkey Pen, Split Level. The trail is well worn but not formally maintained. Same goes for campsites. It has been a very wet winter so there should be a lot of pools and potholes with water that can be filtered for drinking and cooking. Everyone will be self-contained for camping, cooking, water filtration and personal waste disposal. As we get some folks committed to the trip, it may work out that some of us can share cooking gear, tent space, etc. Along with basic backpacking gear, I suggest you bring: ** water filter ** trekking poles (only bring them if you have rubber tips on them so they do not scar the rock) ** wag bags or plastic bags to carry out toilet paper. TP must not be buried or burned; carry it out. ** broad brimmed hat & long sleeve cotton shirt for sun protection ** backpacking cook stove (no open fires allowed) Weather: Average temperatures this time of year are 71* high/ 46* low https://www.weatherforyou.com/reports/index.php?config=&forecast=zandh&pands=&zipcode=&place=grand+gulch+primitive+area&state=ut&country=us&icao= From the BLM website, a few rules & regs: No camping is allowed at any ruins, rock art sites or alcoves. Please use an established campsite and avoid impacting undisturbed areas. Campfires are not allowed in Cedar Mesa canyons. Disposal of human waste is not permitted within 200 feet of a water source, trail, or campsite. Please don't wash, bath or swim in streams or potholes. Plan to rendezvous at the Kane Gulch Ranger Station when they open at 8AM on Friday. There is good camping about a mile from the ranger station. We can post that information if anyone wants to camp (car camping) the night before we meet. Another option would be to spend the Thursday night in Blanding, 36 paved highway miles away (40 minutes drive time). Tanner has a B&B reserved for some trip participants. If you want in on that, contact him. For more information &/or details call or text Tanner Morrill[masked]
- Earth Science Lecture Series at Dinosaur Journey
Dinosaur Journey Museum, Museums of Western Colorado
Eric Eckberg will talk about Faults and Metals of the Uncompahgre Plateau. Eckberg is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines. Of him self he says, "I am a dedicated, hard rocks fanatic. I love discovery, whether logging core, prospecting and mapping new project zones, or just hiking and being in places I've never been before". The lecture is Free. If you want to tour the Dinosaur Journey Museum there is an admission charge.
- Hike Rough Canyon
The Bangs Canyon Staging Area is located just off of Little Park Road about 7 miles from where you turn onto Monument Road from Broadway. The trailhead provides access to the Mica Mine, Rough Canyon, Bangs Canyon and Billings Canyon trails. Today's hike will be a loop and will be approx. 4.5 miles with a 700' elevation gain. This hike is rated as strenuous due to some possible boulder hopping and route finding, and the steep climb out. We will be moving at a pretty fast pace, at least 2-2.5 miles an hour. What To Bring: • sturdy hiking boots/shoes • headlamp/flashlight (just in case) • plenty of water • hiking/trekking poles (if needed) • light lunch/snack • sunscreen • camera John (801)[masked]
- Clifton Nature Park Cleanup
Did you know there's a Clifton Nature Park where herons have nests way up in tall Cottonwoods? The park needs your help... Park stewards needed! A special opportunity for families and individuals to pick up trash, pull weeds, and monitor native plant growth to create better habitat for insects, wildlife and our community! Join us (Mesa County staff) in maintaining and creating healthy landscapes to live and play by participating in the clean-up of Clifton Nature Park! The event will take place from 10 a.m to 12 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2019 and includes the opportunity for a descriptive nature walk after picking up trash, pulling a few weeds and monitoring the growth of the native plants we transplanted last fall! Make sure you pack sunglasses, sunscreen, snacks, and water. We recommend you wear a long sleeve shirt, long pants, and sturdy shoes. We will have some gloves available, but if you have a favorite pair— please bring them along! Meet at the Clifton Nature Park parking lot, which is located on the south side of D Road between 32 1/4 and 32 1/2 Road, next door to Clifton Sanitation District. This Clifton Nature Park clean-up is sponsored by Mesa County, RiversEdge West, Clifton Sanitation District and Colorado Baby! All ages welcome! For more information about the event please visit: Healthy Mesa County blog or contact Teresa at [masked] or [masked] Location: just east of 32 1/4 Rd & D Rd Healthy Lansdcapes for Healthy Mesa County April 17,[masked] a.m. - noon Clifton Nature Park Clean -up Photo above by Mike Baird
- Canyoneering Moab - Pool Arch & Professor Creek
Hi ladies! Let's head to Moab for a wet canyoneering weekend! We will run Pool Arch on Saturday and Professor Creek on Sunday. Please let me know if you you plan to attend one day or both days. Saturday's camp will be up Willow Springs Road. Please bring either a wetsuit or a change of clothes for the canyons, as well as your PPE and group gear. We will meet at the City Market on 24 Road at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and return on Sunday evening. Thanks, and feel free to message me with any questions!
- Short Notice Outdoor Rock Climbing
I'm passing through GJ this weekend and want to get in some climbing. I'm looking to head to Sunday Wall in Unaweep canyon. There's lots of climbing on that wall, but I'm looking to climb the easy trad routes. It would be great though to have someone along that can lead harder stuff. Beginners welcome but I need at least one person that can lead belay. I'm also willing to mentor anyone interested in learning or honing trad skills. We can meet at The Access Fund Trailhead or the City Market on hwy 50. Remember I'm not a guide. Rock climbing is inherently dangerous. You participate at your own risk and you are responsible for your own safety.
- Hike & Trash cleanup Ninemile Hill (DENCA)
Combination 5 mile loop hike with lots of great views and trash cleanup to make our public land a nicer place. We'll be heading to Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area (DENCA), specifically to Ninemile Hill which is the large mesa between Hwy 141 and the Gunnison River. For cleaning up - please bring gloves and sturdy footwear. We'll start with a quick cleanup around the parking area. Then we'll drive or hike (if you don't have a high clearance vehicle) in about 3/4 of a mile to an area that needs a bunch of cleanup. I'll have tools and garbage bags. Then we'll hike south along the Gunnison rim enjoying the view (this part will be off trail). Once we reach the first big side canyon we'll turn west and stop to do some more clean up. Then we'll continue west to get to a view of Unaweep Canyon, before starting our hike north. Along the way we'll stop and have lunch, with luck, somewhere with a great view. Bring lunch, water, energy snacks. Gloves and sturdy footwear. Dogs welcome. I will have volunteer forms from the BLM that you will need to complete.
- Explore North Rabbit Valley - boulders, open slick rock and more
Dinosaur Journey Museum, Museums of Western Colorado
An off-trail wander and explore starting at the Trail Thru Time (exit 2) parking. Expect a 6 to 7 mile hike with some strenuous segments. Lots of poking around and "let's go look at that" kind of fun. Especially if you like rocks! Bring water, lunch, energy snacks. End time is just a guess. Dogs welcome (there is some low lying cactus around). Please arrive on time for a 9am departure.
- Breckenridge/Beaver Creek--Skiing & More
It's time we got another alpine skiing trip together! There is a subset of WSA that does multi-day ski trips. There is a group of us that have Epic Passes that include Crested Butte, Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, etc. We're looking for people to ski with! We are aiming at lodging in Eagle 3/31 and 4/1 for this event, and skiing Monday at one resort and Tuesday at another. If interested we'll do most communications off site by email and phone--answer the RSVP question please!! This event co-listed with Montrose Hiking Meetup.