Guided hike is Saturday at Spraddle Creek
VAIL, Colorado – This Saturday, Wilderness Workshop of Carbondale will conclude its 2012 hike series with a tour of a proposed wilderness area in Spraddle Creek near Vail.
This free outing is a moderate, five-mile roundtrip hike with about 1,500 feet of elevation gain, meandering through wildflower-filled meadows and aspen forests. The hike will begin at 8:30 a.m., leaving from the trailhead parking lot at the base of Spraddle Creek Road (north side of I-70 at the main Vail exit). Register online for this hike at http://www.whiteriverwild.org under the “Hikes” tab.
The proposed area surrounding Spraddle Creek comprises almost 10,000 acres just north of Vail Ski Area. This area will protect the fragile headwaters of Spraddle and Middle Creeks, which flow into Gore Creek right in Vail Village. The region is known to support populations of endangered Canadian lynx and Rocky Mountain goats.
Along with Spraddle Creek, Sen. Mark Udall is supporting wilderness additions on the White River National Forest and nearby Bureau of Land Management lands in Summit, Eagle, Gunnison and Pitkin counties. The proposal would create several new wilderness areas, such as Red Table Mountain south of Eagle, and enlarge the existing areas like Eagle’s Nest and Holy Cross.
To learn more about the Spraddle Creek area and Senator Udall’s proposal, visit http://www.wildernessworkshop.org.
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