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318 Walking Mountains Lane, Avon, CO 81620

Located at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola on Vail Mountain out of Lionshead Village, Vail. All visitors must have a pass to ride the gondola. Free and open to the public with valid gondola pass.
Nestled along Gore Creek near the Betty Ford Alpine Garden and Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail Village.
601 Vail Valley Drive, Vail, CO 81657

Walking Mountains Blog

Hike Of The Week: The Walking Mountain Hiking Club Is Hitting the Trail Next Week!

Posted by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin on Jun 10, 2020 10:00:00 AM
Nathan Boyer-Rechlin

The other day, out on a trail just outside of Minturn, we were walking through a quiet aspen grove marveling at how green the mountains seemed, when I saw it--my first larkspur of 2020! I’m sure these flowers, some of the first of the more striking wildflowers to bloom each year, have been in bloom for a week or two but this was the first one I’d taken note of. Around another corner was a whole field of them. On another quick hike a few days later I noticed moose tracks making their way through a wetland full of a gorgeous yet-to-be identified subalpine wetland flower. The hills truly are alive this year, and it’s always a joy to get back out on the trail and work to relearn all the flora and fauna that I’ve gotten a little rusty on throughout the winter.

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At Walking Mountains, we take pride in enhancing the backcountry experience of all who hike with us, and we would love to help you put on your naturalist hats, and have you join us on the trail! We’re excited to finally be kicking off our (slightly adapted for COVID) backcountry programs. From full day hikes with a naturalist, to citizen science opportunities and our new ‘Science Behind, on the trail!’ series we’re excited to offer a variety of new programming out on our backcountry trails and national forests. Keep an eye out on our website in the coming weeks, and here in the column, for information on some of these great new community programs.

Kicking off in just a week is our yearly summer hiking club! If you’re interested in expanding your knowledge of our mountains’ flora and fauna, enhancing your experience while hiking out on the trail, and joining a community of hikers and naturalists on the trail we would love to have you! This year, the club is hiking each Tuesday and Wednesday from June 16 through October 15. Each week we hike to a mountain lake, and to an local summit, pass, or alpine destination, and put on our naturalist hats while we’re at it! The club is a paid membership, but if you’re just interested in joining for one hike we have single registration available as well. This truly is a wonderful family on and off the trail, and we love sharing new places & opening up the science of the natural world to all who hike with us!


If you’re interested in the club experience and our 2020 schedule, reach out to hike@walkingmountains.org or visit our website www.walkingmountains.org/hike.

Topics: Hike Of The Week, Backcountry Hikes

Nathan Boyer-Rechlin

Written by Nathan Boyer-Rechlin

Nathan is the Community Outreach Coordinator at Walking Mountains. Meet him on the trail for a hike!