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Hidden Gems climbs Treasure Mountain

Dear Editor:

Avid hikers are invited to test their mettle by joining the Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign on Sunday, Aug. 15, as they ascend the 13,500-foot Treasure Mountain above Marble.

The Treasure Mountain massif, near the headwaters of the Crystal River, is one of the lushest areas in the state. The rock spires of The Chimneys hide basins containing head-high fields of flowers and numerous waterfalls and waterslides.

The hike route begins in Crystal City and ascends south into Bear Basin. It then gains the ridge between Treasure and Treasury with spectacular views of the Raggeds’ ranks and the giants of the Elks. The climb to the summit is less than four miles, but contains 4,000 feet of elevation gain and substantial off-trail travel.

The Treasure Mountain hike is part of a larger series of free hikes led by the Hidden Gems into proposed wilderness areas in Summit, Eagle and Pitkin counties. We love to share our knowledge of these pristine public lands so please view our hikes schedule and sign up at http://www.whiteriverwild.org/p-Hikes-74.html or contact Collin Stewart at (970) 963-3977.

The hikes are a great way to get out into less-explored areas of Pitkin County and see firsthand many of the areas in the Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal. With so much public discussion about the Hidden Gems, this is an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of where the wilderness proposal areas are and what they look like on the ground.

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Other upcoming Hidden Gems hikes in the area include an ascent of two peaks above Independence Pass on Aug. 22, a moonlight hike to Hay Park on the 24th, and a hike to the Seven Castles Waterfall above Basalt on Sept. 4. Hope to see you on the trail!

Collin Stewart

Carbondale

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