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Guided hike tours Lower Piney

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VAIL, Colorado – On Sunday, Wilderness Workshop of Carbondale will continue its 2012 hike series with a hike into the Lower Piney area.

This free outing is a moderate, four- to six-mile hike through wilderness quality lands adjacent to Eagle’s Nest Wilderness Area. Sign up for this hike at or contact Dan Ben-Horin at 970-389-8234

The Piney River begins at Piney Lake, north of Vail, and flows into the Colorado River at State Bridge. The north portion of the area is on Piney Ridge, which separates Piney River from Sheephorn Creek. This is where the hike will take place on Sunday. Many wooded tributary drainages dissect the landscape, which ranges in elevation from 7,800 feet on the Piney River to 11,107 feet at Chimney Rock. Spruce/fir forests dominate the hills, with lodgepole pine and aspen in the drainages. The landscape is a favorite of deer, elk, bear and countless small mammals. It also has high potential for lynx habitat.

Sen. Mark Udall is championing major new 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 Williams Fork, and enlarge the existing ones like Eagle’s Nest. The proposal would also create special management areas like Hoosier Ridge. While the Lower Piney area isn’t included in Udall’s proposal, it’s still an important corridor between the Eagles Nest Wilderness Area and lower-elevation BLM and state-owned rangelands in the Kremmling area, as well as a corridor to the northern Gore Range. It supports large herds of elk and mule deer and is a popular hunting area.

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