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Elephant Hill Geology Walk
May 4, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am MDT
Earth Beneath Our Feet
Elephant Hill Guided Geology Hike
Led by Dr. Dave Noe
Co-sponsored by Delta County Libraries and Western Slope Conservation Center
Saturday, May 4, 2019
8 am, meet at the WSCC office, 204 Poplar Avenue, Paonia
We will carpool to the trailhead
Return to WSCC by 1 pm
Have you ever heard of Elephant Hill? Have you ever been there? Join local legend, Dr. Noe, for a hike to the crest of one of the region’s hidden gems! Elephant Hill rises to an elevation of 7056 feet, and is perched above Minnesota Creek on the lower flank of Mt. Lamborn. Hikers will be treated to sublime views of the Minnesota Creek valley, Jumbo Mountain, the town of Paonia, Lamborn and Stewart Mesas, and the peaks of the northwestern West Elk Mountains. It is truly a different perspective!
The geology of Elephant Hill is interesting, as well. It records the erosion and unearthing of Mt. Lamborn, as well as the early stages of Minnesota Creek. We will see giant boulder gardens and red clinker from coal fires, and will muse about their sources. It is a place of mystery and geologic intrigue! Dr. Noe will point out many other points of geologic interest along the way.
The hike is a little over 2 miles round trip. It is moderately steep and crosses some rough ground along jeep roads and trails. Hikers should be in good shape. No children 12 or under in age. Bring good hiking boots, water, a sack lunch, sunglasses, camera, hiking poles, a hat, and a rain jacket or light jacket.
The hike is limited to 30 people and online registration is required. Click here now to register. Please notify Paonia Library immediately if you are unable to attend for any reason so that we may fill your position. In the event of bad weather, the hike will be postponed until May 11 and again until May 18.
Contact Paonia Library at 399.7881 for more information.