Hiking the Gems

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I want to share publicly my exciting experiences on two new, short hikes I did recently in our valley. I thought I had hiked in most local areas in my more than 30 years of living here, but these two places rank up there as “hidden gems” that can only be done safely on foot in my opinion.
 

My point of writing about this is to lend my support for permanently protecting these two relatively small areas in the Roaring Fork Valley which offer unique hiking experiences such as one finds in the national monuments and parks in Utah and other already protected places in the West. I invite the hiking public to explore these two areas and hopefully they, like me, will be contacting Rep. John Salazar soon about including them in a Wilderness proposal similar to the one just released by Rep. Jared Polis for Eagle/Summit counties. Happy hiking!