The Denver Post has reported on the Forest Service's attempt at shifting the culture by allowing more access to public lands. The agency plans to streamline the recreation process to encourage the next generation of explorers to utilize public lands. More information can be found here.
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.
The next public meeting about the summit complex on Pikes Peak is Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa. The project team is working on the detailed design.
Bear Creek Watershed
Trails Unlimited, a Forest Service trail building team, has begun constructing the trail reroutes in the Bear Creek watershed. The planned route on the south side of Mount Kineo is proving more difficult than anticipated, so Trails Unlimited is considering alternative routes. Information on the project 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. You can submit comments using the online form or sending email to email@example.com. The comment period has been extended to September 23. More information is available on the web site for the travel management plan.
The free Manitou shuttle on the Incline/Cog route runs year round. Routes, times, and more info are on the Manitou Springs tourism web site and a schedule doc on the Mountain Metro web site.
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.