This is the third in a weekly series profiling the areas proposed by the Hidden Gems campaign for federal wilderness designation. The campaign, led by Carbondale’s Wilderness Workshop, calls for more than 400,000 acres to be protected as wilderness. Most of the land is in the White River and Gunnison national forests, and includes areas in Pitkin, Gunnison, Eagle and Summit counties. An act of the U.S. Congress is required to designate new wilderness. The campaign has drawn criticism from some outdoor recreationalists, because all mechanized use and development is barred in federal wilderness.
ASPEN AND PITKIN COUNTY REAL ESTATE – The proposed additions to the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness would create the closest designated wilderness to Aspen’s city limits, and would run intermittently along Highway 82 to Independence Pass.The Hidden Gems campaign is proposing four additions to the Hunter-Fryingpan: dubbed Hunter and North Independent on the southern Aspen/82 side; Wildcat Mountain West and Wildcat Mountain East on the northern Frying Pan Valley side.
By Andrew Travers, Feb. 19, 2010 Aspen Daily News