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New Meetup: A new trail and some coal minning history (Marshall Mesa)`

From: Scott
Sent on: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 7:35 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Weekend Hikers...Plus!

What: A new trail and some coal minning history (Marshall Mesa)`

When: Sunday, November 28,[masked]:00 AM

Where: Boulder Open Space
5201 St. Vrain Road
Boulder, CO 80503

The address is the Boulder Open Space office. It's not the trailhead.

Folks I have found us a new area to explore. It's the Marshall Mesa Area.

History: The Marshall Valley, Community Ditch and Coal Seam trails form a short, multi-use loop through the Marshall Mesa area in southeast Boulder. Runners, cyclists and families will enjoy its mild grades, good trail conditions and rangy panoramas across Eldorado Canyon, northern foothills and distant snowcapped peaks. The Marshall Mesa Loop touches the Southern Grasslands Habitat Conservation Area, which protects the largest remaining parcel of intact grassland habitat in the Boulder area.

This tallgrass ecosystem once stretched eastward from the Rockies to Indiana, north to Canada and south through Texas. Today only 2% of its original composition remains, much of it repurposed by man or overtaken by mixed grass prairie. Mule deer, coyote and prairie dogs are frequently seen in Marshall Mesa?s mixed grass prairies, which also attract badger, ferret, burrowing owl and rattlesnakes. A restored section of Coal Creek cuts across the HCA, where bald eagles and ground-nesting birds return each year to breed.

Dry Creek Station. If you are going to this park-n-ride please let me know.
Directions to the Dry Creek park-n-ride: From I-25 and E Dry Creek Rd., head west on E Dry Creek Rd to the light at S Chester St. Be in the far left lane. Make a u-turn at the light. Now heading east get into the far right lane. In maybe 100 yards the lane vears off for a right hand turn. Now take the left lane that turns up into the park-n-ride. We?ll leave from this park-n-ride at 9:00. Please be on time!!!!

If someone wants to see over another park-n-ride let me know.

The trailhead location: The trailhead is located South of Boulder on US 93. It's on the East side of the roadway at the intersection of US 93 and Eldorado Drive. GPS Cords: ■N[masked] W[masked] - Marshall Mesa Trailhead

The hike: We're going to do a combination of trails adding up to 4.8 miles. This is an easy hike. There is a little elevation gain but not much.

Rover is allowed on his/her leash.

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