The Incline is closed for repairs until approximately 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. Information on repairs and closure are available on the CS Parks and Rec web page. According to Roger Austin, the number of ties left on the Incline has declined from 2,743 to 2,616 since the last repair.
Bear Creek Watershed
Trails Unlimited, a Forest Service trail building team, has begun constructing the trail reroutes in the Bear Creek watershed. Due to steep slopes and the potential for rocks and material to roll downhill, trails below new trail construction will close temporarily. Closures for Trail 720, Forester's Cutoff, from 668 to 720A, and Trail 668, Pipeline, from 662 to 720, and all of 622A begin Monday, August 22, and continue to the next week. Seven Bridges, Trail 622, will be closed September 5 through 16. There might also be additional closures. Information is available on the Forest Service web site Bear Creek page.
Pike San Isabel Travel Management Plan
The Pike and San Isabel National Forests are determining which routes should be open to motorized use. They are holding three public meetings for public input. The meeting in Colorado Springs is Thursday, August 25, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the CS Utilities Leon Young Service Center, Pikes Peak Room, 1521 S. Hancock Expressway. You can also submit comments using the online form. Comments should be submitted by September 8. More information is available on the web site for the travel management plan.
El Pomar Heritage Series: Mountains Matter to Millennials
The second session in the series on Pikes Peak Recreation and Tourism focuses on young professionals, 18 to 35 years old, seeking their input on their engagement with the outdoors and celebrating the role mountains play at personal, group, and regional levels. The session is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Avenue. You can RSVP if you plan to attend and get more information. You can also provide input with the online Pikes Peak Outdoor Leisure and Recreation Survey.
14er Economic Impact
Colorado Fourteeners Initiative recently estimated traffic on Colorado's 14ers as 260,000 hiker days, putting an estimated $70 million into local economies. You can check out CFI's estimates and an article in the Gazette.
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.
Raspberry Mountain Trail
Raspberry Mountain can be reached from the Raspberry trailhead for Ring the Peak, 4.8 miles round trip on old roads and trails. A map and GPS track is available. The Pikes Peak Ranger District has information on the Crags area.
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.
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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