North Cheyenne Canyon Road Closures
Closure of the road through North Cheyenne Canyon for paving is extended through Tuesday, June 28. Trails accessed from the road will also be closed. These are Columbine, Mt Cutler, Mt Muscoco, Spring Creek, Helen Hunt Falls, and Silver Cascade trails. Gold Camp Road will remain open. City of Colorado Springs web site has info.
Crags Road Reopens
The Crags road reopened June 20, along with trailheads for Crags, Devil's Playground trail to Pikes Peak (Northwest Ridge), and the two Ring the Peak portals (Raspberry and Putney Gulch). Dispersed camping is no longer allowed on that road, parking is allowed only at the trailheads and campground, and the traditional Raspberry Mountain trailhead has been closed. Raspberry Mountain can be reached from the Raspberry trailhead for Ring the Peak, 4.8 miles round trip on old roads and trails. More information is available on the Pikes Peak Ranger District web page.
Bear Creek Watershed
Forest Service and El Paso County have contracted with Trails Unlimited to construct the trail reroutes in the Bear Creek watershed. They are still waiting for final approval from SHPO (State Historic Preservation Office). Currently, trail construction is scheduled for August 8 to September 18. Trail decommissioning will occur with trail construction and continue into 2017. Some trail closures might be necessary during construction, with heavy equipment working to build trail above Seven Bridges and with blasting. Information is available on the Forest Service web site Bear Creek page.
Santa Fe Trail Reopened
The New Santa Fe Trail through the Air Force Academy has reopened as of June 7th. It has been closed for over a year over security concerns.
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.
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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