Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hiking to Piedra Falls

Piedra Falls

Piedra Falls is located about 30 miles north of Pagasoa Springs, Colorado in the San Juan National Forest. It's a leisurely hike of about 3/4 mile to get to the falls and makes a very pleasant day hike through the forest and along the middle fork of the Piedra River.


Start of the trail in the San Juan National Forest.

Further along the trail it gets a little rocky.

Back into the woods again.

A little shade along the way.

Trail gets rocky again.

Trail runs along the side of the Piedra River as you get closer to the falls.

There's a narrow spot between the rocks as you approach the basin of the falls.

The basin of the falls at the end of the trail.

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Riverwalker's Wildlife Pics - Chipmunks and Ground Squirrel

Chipmunks and Ground Squirrel

Here's a pic of a couple of chipmunks and a ground squirrel. It was brought to my attention that I had erroneously labeled a ground squirrel as a chipmunk in my previous post. As you can see in the above picture there is a noticeable difference in size and markings.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Riverwalker's Wildlife Pics - Ground Squirrel

Golden Manteled Ground Squirrel 

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Friday, August 15, 2014

RW in Colorado - Close Encounters of the Bear Kind

I happened to cross paths with a black bear quite by accident on a recent trip to Colorado. It was quite sudden and totally unexpected on my part as I had just left the trail head for one of the trails in Black Canyon. Apparently the bear noticed us first and had already started moving away from my area. He quickly moved into a brushy area and was gone from sight. I did manage to get a couple of quick pictures as the bear moved away.

Black bears aren't normally aggressive and will leave your area quickly unless they are provoked, feel cornered or are protecting young. Fortunately, this bear was probably intent on his next meal of berries and only gave me a cursory glance before moving quickly out of the area. The bear went into a brushy area and disappeared from sight.

It’s a well known fact that Colorado is bear country and you should always be aware of this fact. A safe distance from predators such as bears, wolves, and cougars is normally about 100 yards (think the length of a football field). Any closer and you may be putting yourself at risk of a serious situation. You can normally approach other wildlife to within about 25 yards without any real concern. Most animals usually won’t allow you to get even that close. The exception is snakes who can normally strike from a distance equal to their length.

There is an excellent brochure in PDF format available at Colorado.gov that contains a lot of useful tips to help take adequate precautions when in bear country.

Here is a link to the brochure:

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Riverwalker's Pics - More High Places

More High Places

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Riverwalker's Pics - High Places

High Places 

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Riverwalker's Wildlife Pics - Doe Nursing Fawn

Doe Nursing Fawn

While on a recent outing, I took a picture of this mule deer nursing her young.

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