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Wilderness Workshop Hike

Join the Wilderness Workshop on Saturday at 8 a.m. for a hike into the proposed No Name Addition to the Central Mountains Wilderness Proposal, which is near Red Cliff, adjacent to the south east portion of the Holy Cross Wilderness Area, which has retained a high degree of wilderness quality. The hike is free and open to the public. This is a moderate 6-mile round trip hike.

The area is an excellent place to experience solitude in a pristine alpine setting. Hiking along Homestake Ridge provides outstanding views of the Sawatch Range. The extensive wet meadows in upper Bennett Gulch are prime examples of subalpine wetlands. This landscape contains habitat for the state-endangered lynx and is part of a very important wildlife migration corridor along the Continental Divide, helping connect the Holy Cross Wilderness with the Eagles Nest Wilderness areas. The Colorado Division of Wildlife may introduce bighorn sheep here, which would be critical winter habitat for that species. It is also already summer range for both elk and mule deer.

This free hike is sponsored by Alpine Bank, Aspen Snowmass Sotheby's, Reese Henry & Co., Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council, Bristlecone Mountain Sports and Gorsuch.

Registration is required at http://www.wilderness workshop.org. Please call 970-328-5472 with questions.

The Wilderness Workshop is the conservation watchdog of the White River National Forest and adjacent federal public lands. Our goal is to keep our beloved backcountry more or less as is, and where possible, to help restore wildness. For more information, call 970-963-3977 or please visit http://www.wildernessworkshop.org.