By Donna Lynn Ikenberry
The 492,418-acre Weminuche desert is one the most important and such a lot brilliant wild parts in Colorado. below 25 miles northeast of Durango, the Weminuche deals a large choice of climbing possibilities with sweeping tundra landscapes, alpine lakes, and breathtaking peaks. climbing Colorado's Weminuche wasteland is the simplest accomplished consultant to this striking barren region zone. Written for all varieties of trekkers, this ebook will give you distinct and actual information regarding 39 hikes starting from brief strolls to in a single day backpacking journeys. journeys on viewing natural world and different traditional historical past notes are integrated, and specific maps, elevation profiles, and path finder charts make making plans your hike a cinch. even if you've got per week to discover or simply an afternoon, make climbing Colorado's Weminuche barren region an crucial a part of your journey to this marvelous barren region sector.
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Safety Guidelines for Traveling in Mountain Lion Country To stay as safe as possible when hiking in mountain lion country, follow this advice: 1. Travel with a friend or group. There's safety in numbers, so stay together. 2. Don't let small children wander away by themselves. 3. Don't let pets run unleashed. 4. Avoid hiking at dawn and duskthe times mountain lions are most active. 5. Watch for warning signs of mountain lion activity. 6. Know how to behave if you encounter a mountain lion. What to do if You Encounter a Mountain Lion In the vast majority of mountain lion encounters, these animals exhibit avoidance, indifference, or curiosity that seldom results in human injury.
Mountain goats are perhaps the supreme creatures of high places. The low dips in Wyoming's Continental Divide kept goats north in Idaho, Montana, Canada, and Alaska until May 24, 1948, when nine mountain goats were released in Colorado's Sawatch Range by the Colorado Division of Wildlife. During the next 23 years, 51 goats were released in the state, including some in the area near the Needles in the Weminuche Wilderness. Travel through the Chicago Basin and you'll probably see them. Moose were introduced into the area in January 1992, when 31 moose were released in the Rio Grande National Forest between Creede and Lake City.
Carry a topographic map and use it often. Also, be sure to carry a compass and know how to use it. A flashlight with spare batteries can be a big help, especially if you get caught out after dark or have to spend the night in the woods. Be Bear Aware The first step of any hike in bear country is an attitude adjustment. Nothing guarantees total safety. Hiking in bear country adds a small additional risk to your trip. However, that risk can be greatly minimized by adhering to this age-old piece of advicebe prepared.
Hiking Colorado's Weminuche Wilderness by Donna Lynn Ikenberry