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Hidden Gems hike series starts Tuesday

The Hidden Gems Summer Hike Series starts this Tuesday, June 14, with a short hike to the Thompson Fins, outside Carbondale. The hike will be led by Mary Harris of the Roaring Fork Audubon Society and Michael Gorman and Ellen Vaughan from Wilderness Workshop.

It is the first of a series of 23 free hikes and forays planned for throughout the summer to take people into proposed wilderness areas that are part of the Hidden Gems wilderness proposal.

The Hidden Gems proposal seeks wilderness designation on qualified public lands in Pitkin, Gunnison, Eagle and Summit counties.

This year, Wilderness Workshop has teamed up with other conservation organizations to offer two specialized hikes, a horseback ride and a mountain bike ride in Hidden Gems areas, beginning with the Audubon Society hike this Tuesday.

Upcoming hikes include:

• Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council will co-lead a horseback ride into Hay Park on Sunday, July 10.

• Aspen Center for Environmental Studies will co-lead a wildflower hike up Hunter Creek on Tuesday, July 12.

• Bike Wild and the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association will co-lead a mountain bike ride through areas of Hay Park on Sunday, July 17.

“We’re excited in our fourth year of the hike series to be teaming up with these organizations to lead these forays into the Hidden Gems,” said Will Roush, a field director at the Wilderness Workshop. “We all share a love of the backcountry, and this is a great way for people to learn about what’s being proposed for wilderness designation.”

Also, the popular Full Moon hike into the Hay Park wilderness proposal area is set for July 14.

Hikes are free but registration is required. To register and for a complete list of this summer’s hikes, visit http://www.whiteriverwild.org/hikes, or contact Michael Gorman at 963-3977 or Michael@wildernessworkshop.org.

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