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Current News:

2014 Project Schedule
Our project schedule is up!  Check it out.

Barr Trail Mountain Race
Congratulations to the runners for a race well run and to the organizers for a race well run.  Thanks to the runners and the race for their support for Friends of the Peak.

Bear Creek Trails Reopen
The trails in the Bear Creek area that were closed after the September storms reopened on June 20.  Camping and motorized use are still restricted.   Reopened trails are 665, 666, 667, 668, 701, 720, and 720A, which include Jones Park, Bear Creek, Pipeline, and others.  The Captain Jacks loop is also open to hikers and mountain bikers.  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.

Manitou Springs Shuttle
The free shuttle is back for this summer, May 18 to September 13.  One route, Incline/Cog, runs 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. from the Tajine Alami parking lot on Old Man's Trail at the east side of Memorial Park to just below the Cog station.  Another route, East End/Downtown, runs 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. from the Ruxton roundabout to Becker's Lane.  (map and info)
The parking lot behind Tajine Alami is available for public parking from May 1 to September 30.

Incline Closure
The Manitou Incline will be closed for much needed repairs August through November 2014.  Anticipated repairs include repairing retaining walls, cleaning up rebar and debris, adding drainage structures, stabilizing ties, and stabilizing surrounding slopes.  Having trail users on the Incline during construction simply isn't safe.  CS Parks and Rec has more information.

Manitou Incline
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.


Our goals are:
  • To provide a unified, pro-active voice for the preservation and restoration of the natural environment of Pikes Peak,
  • To promote and enhance recreational opportunities and visitor experiences that are in harmony with the natural environment of Pikes Peak,
  • To promote and participate in research and solutions for the sound stewardship of Pikes Peak,
  • To promote awareness of and education about Pikes Peak.

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.

Upcoming Activities

Check out our projects for 2014.

July projects:
Thur, July 31: Seven Bridges

August projects:
Sat, Aug 2: Crags to the Summit
Sat, Aug 9: Barr Trail
Thur, Aug 14: St. Mary's Falls
Sat, Aug 23: Crags to the Summit
Thur, Aug 28: St. Mary's Falls

 

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