Hike Spraddle Creek, the latest addition proposed for Eagles Nest Wilderness Area. Join State Representative Dylan Roberts, along with business owners and wilderness enthusiasts from the Sierra Club and Wilderness Workshop, as we explore one of the last roadless areas near Vail. Hear from business owners who understand and value wilderness as a prime economic driver in Colorado’s economy, and learn more about the 100,000-acre Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness and Camp Hale Legacy Act introduced in January by Senator Bennet and Rep. Polis.
This moderate 6-mile hike rises 1200 feet along a ridge through aspen and conifer forests, across lush meadows, and crosses over two streams, with frequent stops to appreciate the views of Vail Mountain and marvel at the accessibility of such wildness. This area protects 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.
Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the trailhead parking area just north of the northern roundabout at the main Vail exit. Please pre-register for this hike and pack plenty of water, lunch, rain gear and all you need for a day in the wilderness.
Following the hike is an optional social hour to learn more.