Grand Junction Hiking Guide by Steve KolarikGrand Junction Hiking Guide by Steve Kolarik

Grand Junction Hiking Guide

bySteve Kolarik

Paperback | April 1, 2004

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Mountains, plains, and foothills surround Grand Junction, Colorado, making it a hiker’s paradise. Grand Junction Hiking Guide is a definitive guide to this area, written by Steve Kolarik, an experienced Colorado Outward Bound instructor and mountain guide. Short hikes on paved paths and all-day hikes through rugged terrain are included. Here is an indispensable reference for those wanting to explore diverse geologic regions—from Colorado’s plateau sandstone canyons to mountainous subalpine terrain.
Steve is an experienced Colorado Outward Bound instructor and mountain guide. A well-traveled schoolteacher, Steve has taught students in remote regions of the Navajo Indian Reservation as well as along the Mexican border in Southern Arizona. Presently, Steve works as a special education teacher in Grand Junction where he instructs al...
Title:Grand Junction Hiking GuideFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:164 pages, 8.55 × 5.56 × 0.38 inShipping dimensions:8.55 × 5.56 × 0.38 inPublished:April 1, 2004Publisher:West Margin PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0871089254

ISBN - 13:9780871089250


From the Author

“When I started to write this guidebook, I immediately became overwhelmed by conflict. I wanted to share with others the hidden treasures of thee Grand Junction area, but I was concerned that the book would contribute to the deterioration of land that popularity can bring.            Eventually, I decided to write this guide book on one premise: It takes as many people to save an area as it does to destroy it. I hope and pray that the people who purchase this guidebook will be enlightened by the tremendous aesthetic value of the Grand Junction area. I hope and pray that people will not only love this land but also be inspired to step forward and actively participate in preserving it as wildlife habitat.”                                                                                    —Steve Kolarik from the Preface

Read from the Book

Colorado National Monument“The Colorado National Monument owes its very existence to the inexhaustible commitment of a man named John Otto. Otto came to the Grand Valley in 1906. He was awestruck by the natural beauty of the surrounding area and the land that is now the Colorado National Monument. Upon the inception of his discovery of these spectacular canyons, Otto embarked on a nonstop effort to establish the area as a national monument.”   From page 49, Grand Junction Hiking Guide

Table of Contents

Preface viii
About the Authors ix
Introduction xi
How To Use This Guide xiv
Bangs Canyon Area 3
Lower Bangs Canyon 4
Mica Mine Trail 5
Rough Canyon 7
Ribbon Trail 8
Black Ridge Canyons Wilderness Area 11
Devils Canyon 12
Flume Canyon 14
Jones Canyon Overlook 15
Knowles Canyon (Lower Access) 17
Mee Canyon (Lower Access) 19
Pollack Canyon/Pollack Bench Loop 22
Rattlesnake Arches 24
Book Cliffs & Little Bookcliffs 27
Cottonwood Canyon 29
Demaree Canyon 31
Hunter Canyon 33
Hoodoo/Spring Creek Trail Loop 36
Spring Creek Canyon to Falls 39
Main Canyon 40
Mt. Garfield Trail 42
Stagecoach Trail 44
Tellerico Loop Trail (To Top of the Book Cliffs) 44
North Soda Trail 47
Colorado National Monument 49
Alcove Nature Trail 50
Black Ridge Trail 53
Devils Kitchen 54
No Thoroughfare Canyon 55
Gold Star Canyon 58
Kodels Canyon 60
Liberty Cap 62
Upper Liberty Cap to Otto’s Bathtub 63
Monument Canyon 64
Red Canyon 66
Old Gordon Trail 68
Echo Canyon 70
Serpents Trail 71
Otto’s Trail 72
Ute Canyon 73
City Trails & State Parks 77
Highline Lake State Park Loop Trail 78
Vega State Park Nature Trail 80
Corn Lake Trail 81
Palisade Trail 82
Redlands Loop (Audobon Trail, Connected Lakes Trail & Blue Heron Trail) 83
Watson Island/Old Mill Bridge Trails 85
Grand Mesa 87
Coal Creek Basin & Switchbacks Trail 88
Coal Creek Trail 89
Deep Creek/Farmers Trail 90
Indian Point Trail 91
Spring Camp Trail to Blue Lake 93
Kannah Creek Trail 94
Rapid Creek Trail 96
Cottonwood Trail 98
Crag Crest 99
Lake of the Woods Trail 100
Mesa Lakes to Lost Lake 102
Rabbit Valley 103
McDonald Creek Canyon Trail 104
Rabbit’s Ear Trail 106
Rabbit Valley BLM Trail Through Time 108
Uncompahgre Plateau & Basin 109
Lower Big Dominguez Canyon 110
Upper Big Dominguez Canyon 113
McCarty Trail 114
Little Creek/Corral Fork Loop 116
Ute Creek Trail 118
Unaweep Trail 119
Upper Bench Trail 121
Roubideau Canyon 123
Wildcat Trail 125
Unaweep Canyon Access Fund Trail 128
Other Trails 131
Spanish Trail/Gunnison River Bluffs Area 131
Riggs Hill 133
Dinosaur Hill 134
Bibliography 137
Index 139