Bear Creek Watershed Trail Closures
U.S. Forest Service has closed most trails in the Bear Creek watershed to all use. Closed trails are 665, 667, 668, 701, and 720 from 701 to 668. The order and map are on the Forest Service web site. The emergency closure is due to damage from flooding and the safety risks there. The order is dated September 30, 2013.
Barr Trail has a large boulder (downhill side, uphill side) blocking the trail above the 13th switchback. Forest Service is considering what to do. Barr Trail has other damage as well. The Incline also suffered damage.
TOSC is trying to maintain a list of closures on their web site. Please respect all area and trail closures. Even open trails have varying degrees of damage. TOSC will list volunteer projects of the various CS Parks Friends groups on its open space volunteers site.
Bear Creek Watershed Update
U.S. Forest Service is assessing trails and access in the Bear Creek watershed to protect the greenback cutthroat trout. Proposals for routes for the new connector trails and reroutes of trails were posted in November.
The assessment, proposal, maps, etc. are available on the USFS web site
Bear Creek page.
Links for the documents and maps are at the bottom of that page.
Manitou Springs Shuttle
The free shuttle ended for this year on September 7, but should be back next summer.
It's Legal! As of Friday morning February 1, 2013, it is legal to hike the Manitou Incline. See a timeline of the Incline's history.
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