Guided hike series kicks off Saturday
TAKE A HIKE
What: Placita Trail hike
When: 7:30 a.m. to midafternoon (no later than 3:30 p.m.) Saturday
Where: Meet at Third Street Center in Carbondale. Hike is outside Redstone.
Who: Open to the public; minors must be accompanied by an adult and should be accustomed to hiking.
Cost: Free. Registration required.
Wilderness Workshop’s free, guided hike series kicks off Saturday with a 6-mile hike along the Placita Trail near Redstone.
The hike series will be led by Wilderness Workshop’s new hike leader, Brandon Jones.
“I have a diverse background in environmental education and conservation work spanning nearly a decade,” Jones said. “I am excited to introduce members of the public to some of the White River National Forest’s most beautiful areas, many of which Wilderness Workshop is working to protect.”
In addition to enjoying these unique areas, participants will have the opportunity to hear about the threats to our public lands from gas drilling and dams and will be provided with the tools to take action to save our backcountry.
This year join Wilderness Workshop for trips to the Thompson Divide, proposed wilderness areas, the Crystal River valley, overused wilderness and potential reservoir sites on Castle and Maroon Creeks. Hikes are planned from now until September and occur several times per month. Find the full schedule, learn more about the hikes, and register for them at http://www.wildernessworkshop.org/hikes.
On Saturday’s Placita Trail hike in the heart of the Crystal River Valley, walkers will venture into immense aspen groves and transitional forests as they walk up the trail toward the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. Hikers will see a section of river being advocated for protection under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
Participants will meet at the Third Street Center in Carbondale at 7:30 a.m., and should expect to return by midafternoon.
This free hike is sponsored by Alpine Bank, Reese Henry & Co. and Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council.
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