Wilderness Workshop releases hike line-up
Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop will lead 17 hikes from late June through September as part of its annual program to acquaint people with existing and proposed wilderness areas.
This year’s lineup features the Thompson Divide terrain southwest of Carbondale and lands within the Central Mountains Wilderness Proposal. Old favorite hikes into existing wilderness also will be included.
The hikes range from an easy 4-mile jaunt into Hunter Creek for a wildflower-viewing walk at 9 a.m. Monday, June 29, to a strenuous hike up Treasure Mountain, which climbs 4,500-feet in elevation south of Marble.
The hiking schedule includes unusual outings, such as the Hay Park Full Moon Hike. Participants will launch on a 5-mile hike at 6 p.m. June 30 and end up in a meadow while the rising moon floods its light on Mount Sopris. “Bring a headlamp and be ready to get your howl on!” Wilderness Workshop’s schedule advises.
While most of the hikes are in the Roaring Fork River basin — which includes the Fryingpan and Crystal River drainages — there also are four opportunities for participants to learn new terrain in the Eagle Valley. Those outings include Castle Peak Hike near Eagle on June 22; Spraddle Creek Hike near Vail on July 6; No Name and Homestake Ridge Hike near Red Cliff on Aug. 8; and Upper Spraddle Creek Hike near Vail on Aug. 29.
Sarah Johnson, a certified interpretative guide and resident naturalist who recently joined Wilderness Workshop, will lead the hikes in the Roaring Fork Valley. There will often be an expert along in areas of wildflowers or birds. Susie Kincade will lead hikes in the Eagle Valley.
Go to http://www.wildernessworkshop.org/events-page/summer-hikes/ for a full list of the hikes and dates. Registration opens three weeks before each hikes.
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