Celebrate Colorado Public Lands Day with a free guided hike into Spraddle Creek proposed addition to Eagle’s Nest Wilderness Area at Vail. An important inclusion in the Continental Divide Recreation & Wilderness proposal, Spraddle Creek is a prime example of the value of protecting mid-elevation areas for wildlife habitat, water quality, and as a legacy for future generations. On this hike you’ll learn about the process of protecting our public lands and enjoy experiencing one of the few roadless areas left within the Vail valley. This area protects the fragile headwaters of Spraddle and Middle Creeks, which flow into Gore Creek, Vail’s water supply. The region is known to support populations of endangered Canadian lynx and Rocky Mountain goats. This moderate hike will be a meander through meadows, aspen and fir forests, with frequent stops to appreciate the views of Vail Mountain and marvel at the accessibility of such wildness. Expect about 4 miles of hiking over four hours including a leisurely lunch stop. Be prepared for two wet creek crossings and an elevation gain of about 1200 feet. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the North Lot parking area just east of the north roundabout at the main Vail exit. Please bring water, rain gear, personal first aid kit, and lunch. No pets allowed please. We will carpool to the trailhead from there. Please pre-register for this hike.