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|2014 PROJECTS -- We're in high gear!|
On Saturday, 31 May, the Pikes Peak Cog Railway is saving 15 seats to
take volunteers to the Mountain View station. Then the volunteers
will walk over to Barr Trail and work to improve the trail near Barr
Camp. That area is hard to reach for a typical project day.
This is a great way to be able to work there. We appreciate the
Cog's generous offer. Some spots are still available. This
is a project you won't want to miss.
organizations in the Pikes Peak region are coming together to help build
the Iron Mountain Trail, an important link for the Intemann Trail and
Ring the Peak. Work days are scheduled May through July this
year. Sunday, 22 June, is the project day that Friends of the Peak
is leading. You can be part of completing this trail link from
Manitou Springs to Colorado Springs, something envisioned for some
thirty years. (See update article below.)
of the Peak continues its tradition of Thursday projects this year on
Seven Bridges Trail and Saint Mary's Falls Trail. Projects for
both these trails start off from the 4-way parking lot at the
intersection of North Cheyenne Canyon Road, Gold Camp Road, and High
Drive -- so there's no worries about where to go if you want to
volunteer on an alternate Thursday. Seven Bridges Trail had some
damage from the September storms. Volunteers will work to repair
that damage, and also work on other needs identified last year.
Once work on Seven Bridges is done, the projects will shift to the Saint
Mary's Falls Trail. If you have some time on a Thursday and would
like to join in helping us on these popular trails, check the website
schedule and see if we're on for that Thursday.
Slope isn't open yet, but Friends of the Peak and our volunteers are
helping prepare the trails for when it will be open. Work started
on South Slope in 2010. This year, volunteers will help widen and
improve the trails to Mason Reservoir and around McReynolds
Reservoir. We have two weekend projects, Saturday and Sunday,
28-29 June and 19-20 July. You can volunteer for Saturday, Sunday,
or both. Although Friends of the Peak is not organizing camping
this year, volunteers are welcome to camp on their own in dispersed camp
sites in the national forest land along the road to South Slope.
You will be helping to prepare the trails for the much anticipated
opening of South Slope.
Friends of the Peak also has
projects coming up in August and September on the Elk Park Knoll Trail,
the summit trail from The Crags through Devil's Playground, an Incline
project with Incline Friends, and more projects on Barr Trail. You
can learn more about these projects on our website. On the
Projects page you can register for a project and also learn more about
it. The Projects page has buttons on the right side, labeled with
the trail name, that lead to descriptions for the projects on those
trails. Once you decide when and where you want to volunteer, you
can register with the form on the same page. We need to have a
general idea of how many people to expect, to ensure we have enough
tools and crew leaders and snacks afterwards. So we really
appreciate it when you register beforehand.
|PARTNERS WITH INCLINE FRIENDS
On Saturday, 10 May 2014, approximately thirty volunteers took part in
another successful workday on the Incline. Hosted by Friends of
the Peak and the Incline Friends, this group of volunteers included many
Incline enthusiasts and a large group of troops from Fort Carson who
jumped (not by parachute) at the opportunity to help out the local
We set out to have a fun and enjoyable
workday to take care of several ongoing maintenance issues on and around
the Incline. Crews of volunteers successfully cleaned off dirt and gravel
sloughing onto and covering the tread in
an area around the lower saddles on the
Incline (photo). The removal recovered
a foot or more of tread-width along a
100-foot-long section below the second
saddle, which, combined with last year's
gain of approximately two feet on the
tread edge below the first saddle,
provides hikers with a consistently wider
and more usable Incline trail.
We also implemented lots of effective closures to the social trails
around the main parking area by reseeding and replanting in the worn
areas. As a reminder, please stay on marked and authorized trails,
thus limiting damage to the natural habitat and providing a good
example for others.
In the lower and middle basins above the parking area,
we implemented some much needed erosion mitigation and damage repair,
drainage improvements, and social trail closure in critically eroded
areas. These issues had a high potential for causing more damage
in the future. An added benefit of this work is the further
obscuring of some older, well-established but dangerous social routes.
We also took the opportunity to repair some degraded and missing steps
at the base of Barr Trail, right at the trail head. More work on
this is planned for the future. Working on such a busy trail
section is always quite a tricky task -- and very entertaining.
Thanks to all the Barr Trail and Incline hikers who accommodated our
invasive work and provided us with much appreciation and encouragement.
Friends of the Peak wants to give a BIG THANK YOU to all of our
awesome volunteers: we appreciate your hard work and
We want to give a special
heartfelt BIG THANK YOU to Master Sergeant Jack Robison for helping to
coordinate the event and for his tireless work throughout the workday.
| IRON MOUNTAIN UPDATE
The Iron Mountain connection between
the two parts of the Intemann Trail is
coming along very nicely. As of Saturday
17 May, the segment from Crystal Park
Road over to the infamous knoll is complete to the existing road that
eventually will connect to Pawnee Avenue. The photos above show
this work just before completion.
On Sunday the 18th a crew began work
from Pawnee avenue southeast over to
the base of the steep section, at the
top of which it will connect to the upper
completed segment. Photo at right.
There are stunning views, in many
directions. This new connection ensures
that the Intemann Trail will become an
even more popular trail than it has been
for so many years.
There will be more workdays. One of
them, 22 June, is an FOTP workday, for
which you can sign up on the website.
For other workdays you can sign up by
going to www.manitoucats.com.