Colorado Springs Parks and Rec Proposed Land Exchange
City council approved the exchange on a 6 to 3 vote on May 24. In the exchange, CS Parks and Rec receives 371 acres, including the Cog's section of the Incline and Barr Trail, an easement for public use of the connecting trail from Barr to Ruxton, the Daniels Pass and Muscoco overlook section in North Cheyenne Canyon, a parcel adjacent to Bear Creek Park, and trail easements for Chamberlain Trail, with 190 acres going to the Broadmoor, including the Strawberry Hill section of North Cheyenne Canyon Park and a parking area on Ruxton. You can find more information on the city web page. A map with details is also available.
Crags Area Closure
Forest Service Road 383 to the Crags is closed for all entry because of hazard trees and tree felling operations starting May 19. It is expected to be closed for 3-4 weeks. There is no access to anyone on FSR 383, even on foot, for hiking or camping. This affects dispersed camping, the Crags campground, the Crags trail, the route to the summit from the Crags, and Ring the Peak. Trail users approaching from North Slope or Catamount Ranch, going counterclockwise on Ring the Peak, or those approaching from Horsethief Park, going clockwise, will not be able to go through.
When the road and area reopen, camping will be allowed only in the Crags Campground and parking allowed only at designated trailheads and in the campground. Dispersed camping and campfires along FS 383 will be prohibited.
The free Manitou shuttle began May 1. The Incline/Cog route runs 6 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. until Saturday, September 17, then runs 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The free shuttle runs every 20 minutes, with it being on Old Mans Trail, by the free parking lot east of Memorial Park, on the hour when it is running on schedule. A second bus runs on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays in the summer starting at 10 a.m., making the interval between shuttles 10 minutes. More info is on the Manitou Springs tourism web site and a schedule doc on the Mountain Metro web site.
The Incline will be closed for repair August 22 (the Monday after the Ascent and Marathon) to December 2. Repair work is planned from the base of the Incline to the bottom of the 2014 repairs, approximately tie 1 to tie 1525.
The project team for the new summit house and complex is working on detailed design. Forest Service plans to release the draft environmental assessment in late summer 2016. The project team also plans to hold the next public meeting in late summer to present the detailed design. Plans are to begin off-site fabrication in early 2017 and on-site construction in mid 2017. You can give your comments on the preferred design in an online survey. The city's project links page and main summit house page have more information.
Forest Service consultation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is concluded. Consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) on cultural resources is continuing. It is expected that SHPO will want the historic trails along Bear Creek documented. While the decision is still not final, Forest Service and El Paso County anticipate beginning construction on the new trails this summer, July to September. Trail decommissioning will occur with trail construction and continue into 2017. Information is available on the Forest Service web site Bear Creek page.
Ring the Peak -- 16 in '16
Governor Hickenlooper directed the Department of Natural Resources to identify 16 priority trail gaps in Colorado for 2016. One of 200 submissions, Ring the Peak was selected. The list of selected trails was announced on January 20.
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We accomplish these goals by partnering with the U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation, the Pikes Peak Highway, El Paso County Parks, Colorado Springs Utilities, and other volunteer and Friends organizations.