VAIL — Wilderness Workshop is hosting its final guided, free hike of the season Saturday into Spraddle Creek, a proposed addition to Eagle’s Nest Wilderness area.
The Spraddle Creek proposal area is just north of the main Vail interchange. Organizers say hikers will experience one of the few roadless areas left within our valley and learn the value of protecting mid-elevation areas for wildlife habitat, water quality and as a legacy for future generations.
“This area will protect the fragile headwaters of Spraddle and Middle creeks, which flow into Gore Creek right in Vail Village,” organizers said. “The region is known to support populations of endangered Canadian lynx and Rocky Mountain goats.”
This moderate hike will be a meander through meadows, aspen and fir forests, with frequent stops to appreciate the views of Vail Mountain. Expect about six miles of hiking over about four or five hours and elevation gain of 1,200 feet. Meet at 8 a.m. at the trailhead parking area just north of the northern roundabout at the main Vail exit.
Participants must pre-register for these hikes at www.wildernessworkshop.org/events-page/summer-hikes. Group size is limited. Bring a lunch, plenty of water, snacks, rain gear and your camera. Call Susie Kincade at 970-328-5472 for more information.