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Sunday’s Castle Peak hike is full in Eagle County

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Special to the Vail DailyA regional group wants to protect Eagle County's Castle Peak as federal wildnerness
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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado – The Hidden Gems Hike Series, part of the Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign, has taken off in popularity in its second summer in Eagle County, Colorado.

The free, guided hikes take people into areas that advocates are working to protect with federal wilderness designation.

Sunday’s hike up Castle Peak north of Eagle has filled, so a second hike to Castle Peak has been scheduled for June 27. To sign up for this or other hikes throughout the summer, go to http://www.whiteriverwild.org and click on the “Hikes/Events” link and follow the instructions. Hikes in the Eagle County area are listed below.

“I think people see this as an opportunity to learn more about this incredibly special place where we live,” said Susie Kincade, Hidden Gems’ Eagle County coordinator. “The popularity of the hikes underscores the interest people have in protecting these important hidden gems in the wilderness.”

The hikes are part of the campaign’s efforts to raise public awareness. It has also enlisted experienced hikers into its Inventory Corps program to help ensure that all areas deserving consideration for Wilderness designation have been included, and that mapping is accurate.

The next Inventory Corps training is set for 10 a.m., June 28, at the Grizzly Creek trailhead in Glenwood Canyon. For more information call Collin Stewart at 970-963-3977.

The Hidden Gems campaign is a grassroots effort to expand and protect designated wilderness in and around the White River National Forest. It is led by the Wilderness Workshop, the Colorado Mountain Club, The Wilderness Society and the Colorado Environmental Coalition.

For more information, please log on to http://www.whiteriverwild.org or call Kincade at 970-328-5472.