Mike’s Hikes is a series of year-round hikes throughout the Western Slope’s public lands that WSCC is actively working to protect. We offer hikes for all abilities and interests, with the goal of connecting our community to local public lands. We’re currently putting together a diverse and educational schedule for 2024. Check back regularly for updates and to sign up for our free hikes!
If the hike has an active link, we are accepting sign ups. Click the link for more info and to register.
We will be opening additional hikes for sign ups as the year unfolds.
January 21 – Elephant Hill Join us on the first Mike’s Hike of the year! Hikers will enjoy views of Jumbo Mountain, Lone Cabin Road, Mt. Gunnison, the Raggeds. and Paonia. It will be on BLM land, adjacent to Hidden Valley residential subdivision, and is part of a proposed Area of Critical Concern (ACEC). The BLM set up this category of protection and WSCC would like people to see and appreciate this area’s special character. Does anyone know about the name of this area? Do you want to see evidence of the last two periods of glaciation? Curious about this often overlooked community treasure? Please sign up and help us enjoy the outing!
February 10 – Adobe Badlands Join us on the second Mike’s Hike of the year! The Adobe Badlands WSA and WSA Adjacent LWC unit provides a critical resource as a place for solitude and unconfined recreation, not to mention awe inspiring vistas and incredible sunsets. This area is also home to the Colorado Hookless Cactus, a threatened cactus species that only grows in a small area between Grand Junction and Delta. We will be on the lookout for those. The greater Adobe Badlands are a rare and vulnerable environment. In fact, WSCC is nominating the adjacent lands north of our hike as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACED) in the BLM’s Amended Regional Management Plan due to these environmental factors. The Colorado Natural Heritage Program considers salt desert shrub lands in the area to be globally vulnerable and locally imperiled. Additionally, this region provides essential habitat linkage between the high elevations of Grand Mesa, the canyons of Dominguez Escalante National Conservation Area, and the high country of the Uncompahgre Plateau.
March 2nd – What the Duck? Want to know what all the quack is about? Do you want to see some migratory waterfowl? Join us on March 2nd as we journey to Confluence Park or Sweitzer Lake State Park to see if we can spot some cool waterfowl! Location will be determined a day or two before the hike based on what has been spotted at each location. Newest volunteer leader and waterfowl enthusiast, Anthony Signorino, will be leading the hike. Sign up here!