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Wildflower hike set for July 12

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Wildflowers spill over the Shrine Ridge. The Eagle County Historical Society and the local Gardeners on the Go group are hosting a wildflower hike along the Shrine Ridge Trail on July 12. The event will feature both flower and local history information.
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EAGLE COUNTY ­— The local Gardeners on the Go group and Eagle County Historical Society are teaming up to present a Shrine Ridge History and Wildflower Hike on July 12.

Hikers will depart from the Vail Pass parking area located at Interstate 70 exit 190 at approximately 8:15 a.m. The hike will take approximately four hours.

Native plant master Joanne Cermak will share her wildflower knowledge and local historian Kathy Heicher will share the history of Eagle County’s iconic landmark, the Mount of the Holy Cross.

The hike will cover one of the most popular trails in the White River National Forest. It is a moderate, approximate 4 miles total hike with an elevation gain of about 650 feet. Participants should bring water, sunscreen, lunch or a snack, hiking poles, jacket or rain gear and a camera. The goal is to complete the hike before the afternoon clouds roll into the valley.

This is a heavily used trail so expect company along the route. Dogs will not be allowed.

Please RSVP to Jill Warner at jillwarner vail@gmail.com or Kathy Heicher at kheicher@gmail.com.

To download a fact sheet about the trail and hike, go towww.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5186390.pdf

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