Lead by Kerry Calhoun and Ara Winter, the main trail is fairly flat and runs about a mile or so round trip from the parking area.
Highlights: The whole area is canyonlands cutting through layers of limestone, sandstone, and shale. In these layers you can find fossils of dinosaurs, fish, plants, shells, and shrimp burrows. There are many wildflowers, grasses, cacti, shrubs and a relic ponderosa stand. Animals range from elk to bobcats and many birds. Following the hike and after returning to the parking area, a second excursion to the top of the mesa will be offered for the more adventurous hiker. The top of the mesa has a different ecosystem than the lower hike along with a number of small springs. Getting to the top requires some modest climbing skills.
Bring day pack, 3L of water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, personal first aid kit, snacks, lunch. We will meet at Saver’s parking lot on Carlisle on NE side of Carlisle/Menaul intersection. Park behind Mattress Firm in SW corner of lot.