The Institute for Continued Learning

Hikes & Botany Field Trips


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Mar 24, 2020 LaVerkin Confluence Park

9:30 am

Leader: Frida Audele (435-632-1552)
Summary: Moderate, 5 miles, 500-foot elevation gain
Details: This is an out and back hike. There is a steep section of switchbacks at the beginning and end of the hike. The rest is pretty level ground. Confluence Park is a 344-acre natural park, managed by Washington County through the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve office. It is uniquely located within the boundaries of Hurricane and LaVerkin, where Ash Creek and LaVerkin Creek meet the Virgin River. Confluence Park sits at the bottom of large, basaltic cliffs, leaving it isolated and protected from development in the cities above.
Limit 20 hikers
Meet at Harts Gas Station on corner of Green Springs & Telegraph in Washington (Exit 10).

Mar 29, 2020 Quail Creek Reservoir & Petroglyph Hike

9:30 am-1:00 pm

Leader: Tim O’Brien (920-445-1313)
Summary: Moderate, 3.5-4 miles, 400-foot elevation gain
Details: All the miles are on the trail except for a couple of short boulder scrambles to view petroglyphs. This is a repeat of last fall’s Quail Creek Reservoir Hike. We will consolidate vehicles at Zion Harley Davidson as parking at the Quail Creek Reservoir trailhead is limited. From the trailhead our trail climbs along the east short of the reservoir, crosses the east dam and descends east and south towards the Boy Scout camp. We will do two short scrambles to view petroglyphs in this area before we loop back to our cars. Total hiking time about 3 hours.
Limit 20 hikers
Meet at Harley-Davidson at Coral Canyon exit off Hwy 9 (2345 N. Coral Canyon Blvd).

Apr 10, 2020 Yant Flat Wonderland

9:00 am-4:00 pm

Leader: Tim O’Brien (920-445-1313)
Summary: Moderate to strenuous, 5.5-6.5 miles, 800-foot elevation gain (strenuous due to its overall distance and some steep slickrock ramps).
Details: This hike visits a vast area of colorful slick rock hills in the upper Red Cliffs region above Leeds. Leader rates this as one of the premier scenic hikes in our area. Since elevation is at 4500 feet, be prepared for cooler and possibly windier conditions than in St. George.
We will drive to Leeds where we exit and drive 10 miles southwest on a winding, dirt road to the trailhead. The hike will proceed gradually uphill through pinyon-juniper forest for about 1.5 miles; and is loaded with large prickly pear colonies that should be in bloom. We will reach a large sandstone ampitheater into which we will descend and explore. We will search for the “giant petrified tortoise” and “dinosaur backbone” in our wandering before we make our way up and out of the wonderland. Plan on bringing food and water for a full day. We anticipate returning to our vehicles by 3:00 – 4:00 pm.
Limit: 22 hikers
Meet at Zion Harley-Davison at Coral Canyon exit off Hwy 9 (2345 N. Coral Canyon Blvd.)

Apr 15, 2020 Bearclaw Poppy Trail (Bloomington)

9:00 am

Leader: Frida Audele (435-632-1552)
Summary: Moderate, 4 miles, 2-2.5 hours, minor elevation change.
Details: We will be hiking a loop trail in a maze of trails shared by hikers and mountain bikers. The trail will lead us to a wall of beautiful sandstone formations and clusters of Bearclaw Poppies, listed as “endangered” and found only in Washington County of all places in the entire world. After the hike, we will make a short stop, just a few hundred feet from the trailhead, to see petroglyphs sitting among the homes in the middle of the residential area.
Meet at the Trailhead at the end of Navajo Drive in Bloomington.

Apr 24, 2020 Spring Creek

9:00 am

Leader: Tim O’Brien (435-632-1552)
Summary: Moderate,5 miles, approximately 400-foot elevation gain.
Details: This is a gorgeous hike into a high, narrow canyon cut into the Zion-Kolob Terrace escarpment. We will drive north in I-15 about 30 miles to the Kanarraville exit and proceed northeast to the BLM parking lot and trailhead. The hike is a relatively flat out-and-back hike into a very colorful canyon that slots up in places and requires some boulder hopping towards the end. Canyon walls rise nearly 1000 feet above us as we follow it about 2.3 miles to our turnaround point, where we will have lunch. Expect some wet soles and possible ankle-deep steps in the intermittent stream and numerous hops over the narrow stream bed. Bring a lunch and water for a long day as hiking and driving time will be about 6 hours.
Limit: 22 hikers
Meet at Zion Harley-Davidson at Coral Canyon exit off Hwy 9, (2345 N. Coral Canyon Blvd.)

Botany Field Trips

Leader: Lee Hughes (435-229-7253)
Bring high clearance vehicles, lunch, and water.

Mar 23, 2020 Gold Butte, NV of Tassi Ranch/Pakoon Springs

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Apr 06, 2020 Beaver Dam Slope or Whitney Pockets

10:00 am-4:00 pm

We’ll be visiting either Beaver Dam Slope (AZ/UT) or Whitney Pockets (NV) area, wherever some flowers are.

May 11, 2020 Lime Kiln Canyon/Red Rock Spring

9:00 am-4:00 pm

We will be visiting Lime Kiln Canyon, Red Rock Spring, or other locations