Thompson Divide hike scheduled |

Thompson Divide hike scheduled

Staff Report

The Wilderness Workshop has scheduled an overnight backpacking trip for this weekend through the heart of the Thompson Divide.

The Bureau of Land Management is finalizing a decision about the future of 65 illegal oil and gas leases issued in and around the divide. This hike allows participants to discover firsthand where development is proposed.

Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop characterizes the two-day hike as “wonderfully scenic” with “rushing streams, giant aspen groves and expansive views of the Elk Mountains.”

The walk will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday near Carbondale and end Sunday on the other side of the divide, south of Silt. It is free and open to the public, but registration is required at

This backpacking trip will take place both on and off trail. Hikers should be comfortable walking for several miles off-trail and negotiating uneven and sometimes difficult terrain.

Four-wheel drive vehicles are necessary, but carpooling can be arranged. No dogs are allowed. This adult program is appropriate for those 18 years and older who are strong hikers. Bring appropriate backpacking equipment including water, food and shelter.

The free hike is sponsored by Alpine Bank, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s, Reese Henry & Co., Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council, Bristlecone Mountain Sports and Gorsuch.

Call (970) 963-3977 with any questions.

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