The Wilderness Act was signed into law on September 3rd, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to “secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness.” Nationwide, people are celebrating 50 years of protection under this act.
Wilderness designation is the highest form of protection for the land. Wilderness provides a sanctuary from the busy, mechanized world and allows us time and space for recreation, reflection and renewal. It provides clean drinking water, crucial animal and plant habitat, and clean air.
The Walk for Wilderness will begin in Bergen Park in northern Evergreen adjacent to the RTD Park-n-Ride lot located at the intersection of Colorado Highway 74 and County Road 65. Walkers, strollers, children & participants of all ages and abilities are welcome. The Walk will be on the 5-mile Pioneer Trail from Bergen Park to the Evergreen Lake House.
A special thanks to Trout Steak Revival for the music. These guys and gal sounded great all day long!
At the completion of the Walk, there will be free snacks and beverages at the Evergreen Lake House for registered participants. In addition, there will be a Wilderness Expo with many fun and educational activities for participants including keynote speakers, live music, wilderness education displays, and crosscut saw and Leave No Trace demonstrations.
Dogs are welcome along the trail and at the Wilderness Expo. However, they must be on-leash at all times. Pet owners are responsible for removing all pet waste from the trail and Evergreen Lake House area.
Limited free parking is available in and around the start area. Additional free parking with shuttle service to the starting area will be located at Bergen Meadow Elementary at Shuttle service will be provided at the Evergreen Lake House to return you to your vehicle.
A handicap route will be available from the RTD parking lot in Bergen Park to Buchanan Park. There will be a shuttle from Buchanan Park to the Evergreen Lake House and then a return to RTD from the Lake House.