Ute Pass Trail Planning
El Paso County Parks is developing the master plan for the Ute Pass Trail. They are accepting public comments until March 10 on filling the gap between the segment from Ruxton and the segment at Ute Pass Elementary School. You can send comments on possible trail alignments, possible trailheads, and any other suggestions or concerns to Julie or Jason. 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.
At the January 13 meeting, Colorado Springs city council voted 7-2 to give Jones Park to El Paso County.
South Slope Trails
Are you curious about the new trails on the South Slope of Pikes Peak, but don't want to wait until spring? 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.
Incline Is Open
The Manitou Incline opened on Friday, December 5 at a 10 a.m. ceremony. CS Parks and Rec has more information.
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.
Storage Unit Fire
The storage unit where we store our tools and other materials burned, one of about 10 units at the facility affected. We're still assessing the damage.
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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.