Wilderness

September is National Wilderness Month

Did you know that September is National Wilderness Month? The state of Colorado contains over 3.7 million acres of federally protected wilderness land. Support Colorado’s wilderness areas by telling your congressman/congresswoman that you support wilderness legislation. In addition, Pew Environment has a neat infographic showing the public benefits of wilderness.  

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James Peak Wilderness Area

I recently hiked into the James Peak wilderness area near Nederland, Colorado. This is a photograph from the James Lake trailhead and shows 13,294 ft. James Peak. Click on the photograph to enlarge. James Peak wilderness is located immediately south of but not contiguous with the Indian Peaks wilderness. It is a fairly new wilderness area being designated in August 2002, and is 14,000 acres in size. The wilderness contains several high altitude lakes and thirteen thousand foot James Peak.

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Maroon Bells Wallpaper

The Maroon Bells are two peaks in the Elk Mountains 12 miles south of Aspen, Colorado. The two peaks, Maroon Peak and North Maroon Peak are counted fourteeners (peaks over 14 thousand feet in elevation). Maroon Peak, at 14,156 feet, is the 27th highest peak in Colorado; North Maroon Peak, at 14,014 feet, is the 50th highest. The peaks themselves are located within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness managed by the White River National Forest. The wilderness preserves the pristine nature of the area by forbidding motorized vehicle use or the building of roads or structures. The view of the Maroon Bells from Maroon Lake in the Maroon Creek […]

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West Elk Wilderness

Of the larger wilderness tracts in Colorado, the West Elk is perhaps the least well known. Nevertheless, the visitor is offered scenic vistas of dark volcanic breccia worn into spires, towers, stone walls and castle-like formations of immense size. Long valleys and sun-dappled aspen forested slopes offer unique scenic beauty to the intrepid hiker. The West Elk wilderness is particularly well suited for alpine backpacking, as it offers unspoiled scenery, long ascending trails, and with no fourteeners, freedom from crowds. The northern portions of the wilderness contains the twin peaks, East and West Beckwith mountains, and the Anthracite Range. Further […]

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