Homestake Ridge Hike
Sat. Aug 17
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Free and open to the public, registration required.
Hike into the proposed No Name Addition to the Holy Cross Wilderness Area, quickly ascending above tree line to beautiful views and a true sense of the quiet recreation experience. The area is an excellent place to experience solitude in a pristine alpine setting. Hiking along Homestake Ridge above the lush subalpine wetlands of Bennett Gulch provides stunning views of the Gore and Sawatch Ranges, Mount of the Holy Cross, and the back bowls of Vail. This landscape contains habitat for the endangered lynx, and is part of a critical wildlife migration corridor along the Continental Divide helping connect the Holy Cross Wilderness with the Eagles Nest Wilderness.
Meet at the intersection of Hwy 24 and Forest Road 705 (just past mile marker 157 on Hwy 24 south of the Red Cliff bridge). The group will carpool from there, 6 miles to the trailhead and begin the hike. Depending on the group capability and desire, expect 6 miles of moderate level hiking over four hours beginning on a jeep road and ascending above tree line, then following the ridge toward Homestake Mountain. Vertical gain about 1500′.
To learn more about the Continental Divide Wilderness Proposal and how you can help click here.
- This is a moderate high-elevation 6-mile hike.
- No dogs are allowed.
- This adult program is appropriate for those 12 years and older who are strong hikers. Minors must be accompanied by a parent.
- Bring appropriate day hike equipment including water, snacks, and lunch. Suggested Day Hike Gear List
- Participants should carry their own personal first aid kit.
This free hike is sponsored by Alpine Bank, The Thrift Shop of Aspen, City of Aspen, The Aspen Times, Bristlecone Mountain Sports, Ute Mountaineer, and True Nature Healing Arts.
Leader: Susie Kincade
Location: Near Redcliff. Please meet at the intersection of Highway 24 and Forest Service Road 705 (No Name Road) at 8:00 a.m.
Leaders: Susie Kincade
Location: Near Vail
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