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 When I first read the field notes of Annie Alexander and Louise Kellogg, I was fascinated by the descriptions they wrote about the places they went and the plants and animals they found there. By publishing my field notes on the Internet I hope to follow a little bit in their tradition.
 

2017

 

Locations: South Table Mountain.
Full Size ImageQuarry on South Table Mountain
Full Size ImageView from north rim of South Table Mountain.  

Tuesday, February 7th

Hiked South Table Mountain, from Quaker Street to North Rim.
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Rounded cobbles on top of South Table Mountain

Other articles: Golden Cliffs Trail at rim

Locations: North Table Mountain.
Full Size ImageFront Range Climbing Stewards trailer at top of Golden Cliffs Trail  

Friday, February 10th

North Table Mountain, Golden Cliffs Trail over the top and back by way of the Climbing Access Trail.

Other articles: Golden Cliffs Trail along trail Field Notes Coll. No. 1319, 4 May 2016
Full Size ImageRibes aureum in winter.
Full Size ImageTwigs of Ribes aureum in winter.  

1319  The same Ribes aureum from which I made Coll. No. 1319.

Other articles: Golden Cliffs Trail along trail
Full Size ImageLocation where Munroa squarrosa was found
Full Size ImageMunroa squarrosa “False Buffalo Grass”  

Looked for Munroa squarrosa
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Location where Munroa squarrosa was found

Full Size ImageLittle unknown grass.
Full Size ImageAnother little unknown grass.  
Two other little grasses found while looking for Munroa squarrosa.

Other articles: Arapahoe Street near 2nd near 4th Ford Street at bend in road Social Trail (N. Ford to Jackson) at Ford near trl jct at trl jct Social Trail (Up. Wash. Ave. OS) near trl jct
Full Size ImageAbandoned vehicle on Arapahoe Street.
Full Size Image"For Sale" van stored on street for months.  

Monday, February 27th

Walk through Mesa Meadows and down through social trail.
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North end of social trail off N. Ford Street.
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Social trail.
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Social trail west across open space.

Other articles: Golden Cliffs Trail along trail Social Trail near stream at spring
Full Size ImageSouth Table Mountain Fire on north slope of South Table Mountain
Full Size ImageEphemeral stream crosses trail  

Friday, March 10th

Hiked the City of Golden North Table Mountain Trail from the Peery Parkway trailhead to the Golden Cliffs Trailhead and a little beyond.
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Ephemeral stream crosses trail

Other articles: Social Trail at spring

Locations: North Table Mountain.
Full Size ImageDeer above spring, southwest slopes of North Table Mountain.  

Thursday, March 16th

North Table Mountain and Park.

From the stream crossing on the City of Golden trail, climbed up the slope to find the spring. It is at the top of the second run, and at the base of a thicket. The spring has been “improved” in two locations. One has a 1 inch black plastic pipe coming out ot a small thicket. Presumably there was a small spring box that is now overgrown. The other improvement is a small metal drum that has been cut open and laid sideways in the watercourse. This probably ensured a small pool of water for wildlife to drink. The drum is now filled with rocks. Above the spring is the head scarp of a large landslide on which the surface is level to sloped back toward the mountain.

From the head scarp I went north to the North Table Mountain Trail, then up the social trail to the top of the mesa. I checked the spoils pile for Astragalus, then returned by way of the Golden Cliffs Trail, stopping to verify the location of Munroa squarrosa.

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Spring improvements, plastic pipe south down the hill.
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Spring improvements (steel drum set in watercourse).
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Downhill view from the spring.

Other articles: Rooney Road Sports Complex Road at end Tin Cup Ridge (social trail) at start of trail at monument in quarry in pines at saddle
Full Size ImageA gate and hiker pass-thru has been added to the fence.
Full Size ImageSurvey monument just off-trail.  

Monday, March 20th

Tin Cup Ridge. Part way then down the side of the hill.
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Ripple marks on the bottom of sandstone strata.
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Ponderosa pine along trail which has been partially felled by a hatchet or axe.
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Sink hole above a closed mine.

Other articles: Tin Cup Ridge (social trail) at Coll. 1567  

1567  Claytonia rosea. Just a few in bloom, open east-facing slope, in grasses and forbs, below mountain mahogany growing along the ridge line.

Other articles: Arapahoe Street near 2nd Cheyenne Street in the alley
Full Size ImageMyrtle Spurge on Arapahoe Street.
Full Size ImageMyrtle spurge in the alley.  

Wednesday, March 22nd

Myrtle spurge around a neighborhood loop.

Other articles: Golden Checklist Flora up. wash. Social Trail (Up. Wash. Ave. OS) at top Washington Avenue near Rubey

Locations: Upper Washington Avenue Open Space.
Full Size ImageView south toward N. Rubey Drive.  

Saturday March 25th

Walked up various alleys to the small open space above Washington Avenue.
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View west to North Table Mountain.
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View south to Castle Rock.
 

Monday, March 27th

City of Golden open space above upper Washington Avenue.

Other articles: Social Trail (N. Ford to Jackson) n. e. corner Social Trail (Up. Wash. Ave. OS) behind Cannonball at tree at path at tree at Leu. mon.

Locations: Upper Washington Avenue Open Space.
Full Size ImageEast end of open space.  

 
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Leucocrinum montanum on south-facing slope.
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Last year's fruit on Prunus virginiana
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Prunus virginiana
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Small bench under tree.
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Social trail between housing development and Cannonball Brewery.

Other articles: Social Trail (Parfet Estates Drive to Landing Zone) 90000  

Monday, April 3rd

Parfet Estates Drive through Landing Zone.

Other articles: Chimney Gulch Trail at curve Parfet Estates Drive at CoG parcel Social Trail (Parfet Estates Drive to Landing Zone) 80000
Full Size ImageAccess to City of Golden parcel on Parfet Estates Drive
Full Size ImageEuphorbiaceae myrsinites “Myrtle Spurge”  

 
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North Golden from outcrop on Lookout Mountain.
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View from outcrop.
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Chimney Gulch Trail

Other articles: Social Trail (Parfet Estates Drive to Landing Zone) along trail
Full Size ImageHabitat of Coll. No. 1568, Carex inops var. heliophila
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1568, Carex inops var. heliophila  

1568  Carex inops var. heliophila
 

Thursday, April 6th

 

Other articles: CO Hwy 93 city limits

Locations: Cressmans Gulch (lower).
Full Size ImageColorado Highway 93 and North Table Mountain.  

 
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Trench on east side of hogback.
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Golden from hogback north of town.
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North Table Mountain from an unnamed hogback to the west.

Literature Cited:
- Countryman, Clive M., 1969.
- Fox, Douglas, 2017.
- Palmer, Thomas Y., 1969.

Other articles: Mono Lake Basin Flora at Deep Cañon  

“In the wrinkled, sage-covered mountains of Nevada near the California border, 30 miles east of Mono Lake, there is a meadow that seems to lie in shadow even on sunny days. Spread across it are hundreds of dark patches, where the soil is mixed with charcoal. These spots lay row upon row, like the ghostly foundations of a dead city. In a sense, that is exactly what they are.

“In 1967, workers with the Forest Service and the Department of Defense stacked 342 piles of juniper and piñon logs in this place — 20 tons of wood per pile, spaced 25 feet apart. Then, at 8 a.m. on Sept. 29, they set fire to them.

“Project Flambeau comprised some two-dozen experiments like this one, meant to simulate an American suburb under nuclear attack … (Fox, 2017)”

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Date and time this article was prepared: 4/9/2017 9:12:09 AM