Crew Leader Training
Fri - Sun, April 17-19
Bear Creek Nature Center
register with CS Parks and Rec
Crew leaders are essential for trail projects. If you've worked on trail projects, maybe you'd like to become a crew leader. You'll learn more about trail construction and maintenance and how to lead a crew safely. TOSC has more information, but registration is with CS Parks and Rec.
Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly for Crew Leaders
A semi-formal class for crew leaders on Leave No Trace principles for responsible management of volunteers on trail projects.
When: 6 pm - 8 pm, Thursday, March 26
Where: TOSC offices, 1040 S. 8th St, in the small conference room upstairs
Please e-mail Susan if you plan to attend.
Ute Pass Trail Planning
El Paso County Parks is developing the master plan for the Ute Pass Trail and working to fill the gap between the segment from Ruxton and the segment at Ute Pass Elementary School. Additional public meetings are planned for early May and late June. El Paso County has information on the planning process. Watch for additional information there.
Storage Unit Fire
The storage unit where we store our tools and other materials burned, one of about 10 units at the facility affected. It looks like most of the tools survived, although they're blackened -- at least now distinguishing our tools will be easy. Plastic items melted, as did synthetic fabric, like t-shirts and tool bags. (No one ever points out that advantage of cotton-- some old cotton t-shirts were fine, whereas the newer wicking synthetic t-shirts melted.) Although plastic bins melted or warped, many of the items inside were o.k., once we cut through the bin with a power saw. The survivors moved to a new storage unit.
South Slope Trails
Are you curious about the new trails on the South Slope of Pikes Peak, but don't want to wait until May 23? Use Google Earth to tour the area! Just use this link to download the GPX file, then open it in Earth or your favorite GPS track viewer. A screen shot of the Google Maps topo is here. View the same map on Google Maps here.
The trails in the Bear Creek area are open for hiking and biking. Camping and motorized use are still restricted. 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.
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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.