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Current News:

Giving Beer, Wed, Oct 29
Friends of the Peak is the beneficiary of the Giving Beer at Trinity Brewing, 1466 Garden of the Gods Road, 5:30 - 7:30, Wed Oct 29.  $1 for every Trinity Beer sold goes to Friends of the Peak.  Come have a beer for a good cause.

New Board Member
Susan Jarvis-Weber is the newest board member for Friends of the Peak.  Welcome, Susan!

Susan Davies presents "Pikes Peak's Scenic South Slope"
Susan Davies, executive director for Trails and Open Space Coalition, will speak on Pikes Peak's Scenic South Slope as the program for the Pikes Peak Group of the Colorado Mountain Club, 7:30 p.m., Tues, Oct 21, All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs.  The program is free and open to the public.

Another Boulder on Barr Trail
A boulder slid down on Barr Trail because of the heavy rain October 9.  This one does not completely block the trail, but has a friend also, making passage tight there.  The boulder is not far above the fifth turn above the trailhead.

South Slope is Open!
Colorado Springs Parks and Rec announced on October 2 that South Slope will open.  The season is limited, so for 2014 it will be open only 2 weekends.  Reservations are required, and as of October 3, reservations are full.  See the city web site for more information.

Jones Park
At the September 23 meeting, CS city council voted 5-3 to have an appraisal done, with results by the November 25 city council meeting, with the intent of donating Jones Park to El Paso County.

Manitou Springs Shuttle
The free shuttle service in Manitou Springs ended September 13.

Iron Mountain Trail is Complete
The Iron Mountain Trail, which connects the Intemann Trail, is open.  Hikers, bikers, and runners can now go through from Section 16 in Red Rock Canyon Open Space all the way to Ruxton Avenue in Manitou Springs.  Thank you to all the volunteers and organizations that worked so hard to make it happen.

Incline Closure
The Manitou Incline closed Monday, August 18, for repairs.  Projected opening date is December 1.  CS Parks and Rec has more information.

Bear Creek Trails Reopen
The trails in the Bear Creek area that were closed after the September storms reopened on June 20.  Camping and motorized use are still restricted.   Reopened trails are 665, 666, 667, 668, 701, 720, and 720A, which include Jones Park, Bear Creek, Pipeline, and others.  The Captain Jacks loop is also open to hikers and mountain bikers.  Here is the current trail map.
Information about Forest Service's long-term proposal for the Bear Creek watershed is available on the Forest Service web site Bear Creek page.

Our goals are:
  • To provide a unified, pro-active voice for the preservation and restoration of the natural environment of Pikes Peak,
  • To promote and enhance recreational opportunities and visitor experiences that are in harmony with the natural environment of Pikes Peak,
  • To promote and participate in research and solutions for the sound stewardship of Pikes Peak,
  • To promote awareness of and education about Pikes Peak.

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.

Upcoming Activities

Wed, Oct 29, 5:30 - 7:30:
Giving Beer at Trinity Brewing

Sat, Nov 8: annual dinner