Hike under the ‘Winter Moon’
The moon won’t look like this when hikers take the full moon
hike at 5 p.m. on Dec. 10 at Mueller State Park’s Grouse Mountain
Trailhead. This is actually the highest resolution, near-global
topographic map of the moon ever created. It was recently released
by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter science team. Courtesy photo
Monthly Full Moons
Each full moon has its
own traditional name, and depending on where the people who created
the names lived, they can be related to farming, hunting, fishing
or some other seasonal phenomena.
January: Wolf Moon
February: Ice or Snow Moon
March: Magpie, Worm or Storm Moon.
April: Egg, Pink or Growing Moon.
May: Hare or Flower Moon.
June: Mead or Strawberry Moon..
July; Thunder, Hay or Buck Moon.
August: Red, Corn or Sturgeon Moon.
September: Harvest Moon (closest to equinox).
October Hunter's Moon
November: Snow, Frost or Beaver Moon.
December: Winter or Cold Moon.
About every two-three years, there is also a “blue moon.” The name
has nothing to do with the moon being blue, however, but it refers
to the second full moon in the same month or the third full moon of
four in a given season. The next two blue moons are Aug. 31, 2012
and July 31, 2015.
The “Black moon” refers to the second new moon of a given month.
The next black moon is March 30, 2014.
Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011 11:10 am
Updated: 11:15 am, Tue Nov 22, 2011.
There is a full moon every 29.5 days so it’s obvious that hiking
under a full moon isn’t something one can do everyday. Many people
have never hiked under a full moon at all, making such a hike a
once-in-lifetime event under the right circumstances.
Those right circumstances are coming up — hikers who want to
take advantage of them, should meet at 5 p.m., just before moon
rise, on Dec. 10 at Mueller State Park’s Grouse Mountain Trailhead.
The hike is free but park fees still apply.
The full moon rises over Pikes Peak that night making for a
spectacular view, if the weather cooperates. At any rate, hikers
will be joining volunteer naturalist Russ for this 1.5-mile hike.
Not only will they experience the state park at night, they will
also learn stray facts and fun myths about the moon.
Traditionally, according to “Farmers Almanac,” the full moon in
December is called “The Cold Moon” or “Winter Moon” for fairly
obvious reasons, so dress warm, bring sturdy shoes, water, snacks,
rain gear and a flashlight, plus extra batteries. No sunscreen is
required but a hat is still a must, preferably one that covers the
For more information, call the state park visitors center at
719-687-2366 — the center is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays — or
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 11:10 am.
Updated: 11:15 am.