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Hike & Learn HIKE: Bryophytes and Lichens of CSNM with John Villella

On Friday August 3, join hike leader and lichenologist John Villella for an informative talk in the Ashland Outdoor Store. John will introduce some of the bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts) and lichens that make the Monument unique.

On Saturday morning (August 4, 9-2:00 pm), we will hike to Pilot Rock, identifying bryophytes and lichens along the way. The Friday presentation and the Saturday hike will be a introduction to the major groups found on rocks and trees with a focus on the unique flora of the CSNM.

Registration is required to attend the Saturday hike. Register here.

Directions: To carpool, meet at 9:00 am in the Rite Aid parking lot (corner of Ashland Street and Tolman Creek Road). Park at the west end, near the Rodeway Inn.

Hike Duration: 4 hours

Hike Length: 2.5 miles

Difficulty level: moderate

On the day of the hike:

  • Be sure to bring a sense of adventure.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes
  • Bring lunch, snacks, and enough water for the day
  • Additional items: Hat, Sunscreen, Walking Sticks, Binoculars, Hand Lens
  • Bring layers

Be considerate of the group and meet on time at the designated location.

Practice hike ethics and leave no trace. Learn more.

Restrooms might be available at different points along our route.

Register Here.