Celebrate the arrival of Spring with this moderate 6.8 mile out-and-back hike into the Green River Gorge and join us in seeking out the season’s first ephemeral wildflowers such as trillium, bloodroot, and toothwort. Led by expert ecologist and MountainTrue Public Lands Director Bob Gale, we will explore the Green River Game Lands and its many forest communities and habitats. Our path will follow the Green River and offer continuous views of its quiet stretches and its most splendid rapids. The Game Lands drop to a lower elevation than other areas in our mountains, meaning milder temperatures and the chance to be among the first to see early spring vegetation and wildflowers. We’ll pass through a healthy eastern hemlock grove and address the conservation issues regarding these trees and the existential threat they face from the hemlock woolly adelgid. Finally, we will hike up to a rock outcrop and enjoy a view of kayakers as they tackle the legendary rapids of the Narrows below.
Bob Gale is celebrating his 20th year as the resident ecologist for MountainTrue. His positive attitude and exuberant joy for all things botanical have fueled his lifelong career as a conservationist. Bob is knowledgeable about public land issues, air and water quality, rural lands protection, and leads MountainTrue’s non-native invasive plant eradication program. Bob is one of our region’s finest and most knowledgeable guides, and has been leading educational hikes along the Green River Gorge for nearly a decade. Never pass up a hike with Bob, as they are always enriching to both the mind and soul. We dare you not to be inspired by this hike!