Guided backcountry hiking program begins in June
EAGLE COUNTY — Walking Mountains Science Center and the Vail Recreation District have released their summer hiking schedule, taking visitors and locals alike out onto the trails on more than 60 hikes.
Based out of the Vail Nature Center, the hikes begin in June and go through the end of October, taking adventurers to destinations throughout the valley, from the top of Vail Pass to the summit of Mount Thomas.
Backcountry hikes take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and cost $80, or $75 for rec district taxpayers.
Along with the peace of mind that comes with having a guide, hikers will also learn about local ecology, including wildflowers, animals and plants.
Options for guided hikes
Family hikes will take place Thursdays for families with children ages 8 years and older. These hikes are led by a naturalist and are shorter hikes. Family hikes cost $30 per person, or $25 for Vail rec district taxpayers and will return to Vail in the early afternoon.
Also new this year are guided hikes up Eagle Valley’s only 14er, Mount of the Holy Cross. A professional guide will lead the hike.
Other new trails on the schedule this year include Lionshead Rock, New York Mountain and Grouse Lake.
For all guided hikes, hikers are picked up at various locations throughout the valley and transported to the trailheads, mountain passes and areas once famous for historic homesteading. Hikers need sturdy boots, water, snacks and a sense of wonder.
Visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/hike to learn more and register for hikes, or contact Peter Suneson, community outreach coordinator at Walking Mountains, at peters@ walkingmountains.org.
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