Ruckus on the Ridge

The Eldorado Mountain Trailhead

In addition to the wildflowers, this is a place filled with history and wildlife. To get to the Ridge party follow the Fowler Trail through the Denver, Utah and Pacific Railroad cut at .6 mi/1km (39.931591,-105.274301)…

Blue Mist Penstemon (Penstemon virens) on the Railroad Rock Cut

Take the Goshawk Ridge Trail past the junction with the Fowler Trail (.5 mi/.8km). Here the Fowler Trail branches west into Eldorado Canyon State Park (a spectacular hike for another tale). Now that you are entering  a Habitat Conservation Area  (HCA)  you will need to stay on the trail and off the flora. Here off-trail hiking in  requires a permit.

Soon you will see the old Red Rock Cola Cabin on the right named for its reused roof sign and used as an overnight shelter for cattle herders in the 1920s and ‘30s (39.926181,-105.279035)…

The Red Rock Cola Cabin

Go straight about another .6 mi/1 km up the Ridge to the tiny jewels signage (39.923429,-105.279279)…

The Tiny Jewels Signpost

This sign identifies the usual suspects…

Tiny Jewel Suspects

The sign means that you have arrived the north slope of the Goshawk Ridge where the ruckus is in full bloom…

The Wildflower Ruckus on Goshawk Ridge

With Golden Banner announcing the celebration…

Golden Banner (Thermopsis divaricarpa)

This golden Heartleaf Arnica brings a soothing presence to the party…

Heartleaf Arnica (Arnica cordifolia)

Sugar Bowls boldly proudly announce the return of spring…

Sugarbowl (Coriflora hirsutissima) announces the return of spring

While the Blue Flag Wild Iris unfurls its glorious colors…

Unfurling Blue Flag Iris (Iris missouriensis)

While the Indian Paintbrush spreads it scarlet hue…

Scarlet Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) Joins the Ruckus

The Larkspur brings in the blues…

Larkspur (Delphinium nuttalianum) Brings in the Blues

Along with the little Blue-Eyed Grass watching the festivities…

Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium montanium) Joins In

If you’re lucky you might even run into some fauna along the way…

Spider on Bisquitroot (Lomatium cous)

Bee Imbibing Nectar on Senicio triangularis

Even some larger species like this Red Fox may show up for the festivities…

A Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) Observes from the Distance

If you decide to continue on the Goshawk Ridge Trail you will cross over the Ridge and descend into a dense pine forest where some amazing vistas and a beautiful creek await. You might even discover one of Boulder’s Coralroot Orchids hiding under a pine tree…

Coralroot Orchid (Corallorhiza maculata) 10 June 2010

The trail will reconnect with the Fowler Trail in about 2 mi/3.2km and then it’s another .5 mi/.8km back to the start. The total loop is 4.2mi/6.8km.

Enjoy the Spring ruckus before the somber heat of summer sets in!

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