Spraddle Creek Hike, near Vail
Sunday, Sept. 8
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Free and open to the public, registration required. 

Hike Spraddle Creek, a wilderness addition to Eagles Nest Wilderness Area proposed as part of the CORE Act. Join author, activist, and nature-based coach, Susie Kincade, to explore one of the last roadless areas near Vail and learn more about this exciting bill that will protect 400,000 acres of wilderness, recreation, and habitat in Colorado. Susie will guide you on the trail and enrich the experience by offering practices in “forest bathing” for working with nature to renew body, mind and spirit. Learn about the value of wilderness as a prime economic driver in Colorado’s economy, and about its role in rejuvenating the human brain and body.

This moderate 6-mile hike rises 1,200 feet along a ridge through aspen and conifer forests and across lush meadows. The trail 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 176 on I-70. Please pre-register for this hike and pack plenty of water, lunch, rain gear, sunscreen and all you need for a day in the wilderness.

  • This is a mid-elevation hike totaling 6 miles with moderate altitude gain of 1,200 feet.
  • No dogs are allowed.
  • This adult program is appropriate for those 12 years and older who are capable 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, and True Nature Healing Arts.

Leader: Susie Kincade
Location: north of Vail Ski Area

Contact for further info:
Susie Kincade