Topics of Interest

Summit House (September 2016) 
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 (September 2016) 
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 (September 2016) 
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 comments@psitravelmanagement.org.  The comment period has been extended to September 23.  More information is available on the web site for the travel management plan.

Manitou Shuttle (September 2016) 
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.

Incline Closure (August 2016) 
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.


Bear Creek Watershed (August 2016) 
Trails Unlimited, a Forest Service trail building team, has begun constructing the trail reroutes in the Bear Creek watershed.  Due to steep slopes and the potential for rocks and material to roll downhill, trails below new trail construction will close temporarily.  Closures for Trail 720, Forester's Cutoff, from 668 to 720A, and Trail 668, Pipeline, from 662 to 720, and all of 622A begin Monday, August 22, and continue to the next week.  Seven Bridges, Trail 622, will be closed September 5 through 16.  There might also be additional closures.  Information is available on the Forest Service web site 
Bear Creek page.

Pike San Isabel Travel Management Plan (August 2016) 
The Pike and San Isabel National Forests are determining which routes should be open to motorized use.  They are holding three public meetings for public input.  The meeting in Colorado Springs is Thursday, August 25, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the CS Utilities Leon Young Service Center, Pikes Peak Room, 1521 S. Hancock Expressway.  You can also submit comments using the online form.  Comments should be submitted by September 8.  More information is available on the web site for the travel management plan.

El Pomar Heritage Series (August 2016)
The second session in the series on Pikes Peak Recreation and Tourism focuses on young professionals, 18 to 35 years old, seeking their input on their engagement with the outdoors and celebrating the role mountains play at personal, group, and regional levels.  The session is Thursday, September 8, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Penrose House, 1661 Mesa Avenue.  You can RSVP if you plan to attend and get more information.  You can also provide input with the online Pikes Peak Outdoor Leisure and Recreation Survey.

Incline Closure (August 2016) 
The Incline will close Saturday, August 20, and will be closed for repair to December 2.  The Incline is closed Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21, the days of the Ascent and Marathon, with repairs starting August 22.  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.  


Bear Creek Watershed (August 2016)
Trails Unlimited, a Forest Service trail building team, has begun constructing the trail reroutes in the Bear Creek watershed.  Due to steep slopes and the potential for rocks and material to roll downhill, trails below new trail construction will close temporarily.  Trail 720, Forester's Cutoff, and Trail 668, Pipeline, will be closed in mid to late August.  Seven Bridges, Trail 622, will be closed September 5 through 16.  There might also be additional closures.  Information is available on the Forest Service web site 
Bear Creek page.

14er Economic Impact (August 2016) 
Colorado Fourteeners Initiative recently estimated traffic on Colorado's 14ers as 260,000 hiker days, putting an estimated $70 million into local economies.  You can check out CFI's estimates and an article in the Gazette.

Raspberry Mountain Trail (July 2016)
Raspberry Mountain can be reached from the Raspberry trailhead for Ring the Peak, 4.8 miles round trip on old roads and trails.  A map and GPS track is available.  The Pikes Peak Ranger District has information on the Crags area.


Bear Creek Watershed (July 2016)
The final decision is out.  Trail construction and rerouting is scheduled for July through September, 2016.  Trail decommissioning will occur with trail construction and continue into 2017.  Some trail closures might be necessary during construction.  Information is available on the Forest Service web site Bear Creek page.


North Cheyenne Canyon Reopens (June 2016) 
The paving is done and the tussock moth spraying is complete.  The road and trails in North Cheyenne Canyon are open.

North Cheyenne Canyon Road Closures (June 2016)
Closure of the road through North Cheyenne Canyon for paving is extended through Tuesday, June 28.  Trails accessed from the road will also be closed.  These are Columbine, Mt Cutler, Mt Muscoco, Spring Creek, Helen Hunt Falls, and Silver Cascade trails.   Gold Camp Road will remain open.  City of Colorado Springs web site has info
.


North Cheyenne Canyon Road Closures (June 2016)
The road through North Cheyenne Canyon is scheduled to be closed through Monday, June 27, for paving.  The schedule for paving operations was extended to accommodate spraying for tussock moths.  Trails accessed from the road will also be closed.  These are Columbine, Mt Cutler, Mt Muscoco, Spring Creek, Helen Hunt Falls, and Silver Cascade trails.   Gold Camp Road will remain open.  City of Colorado Springs web site has info
.


Crags Road Reopens (June 2016)
The Crags road reopened June 20, along with trailheads for Crags, Devil's Playground trail to Pikes Peak (Northwest Ridge), and the two Ring the Peak portals (Raspberry and Putney Gulch).  Dispersed camping is no longer allowed on that road, parking is allowed only at the trailheads and campground, and the traditional Raspberry Mountain trailhead has been closed.   Raspberry Mountain can be reached from the Raspberry trailhead for Ring the Peak, 4.8 miles round trip on old roads and trails.  More information is available on the Pikes Peak Ranger District web page.


Closures For Tussock Moth Spraying (June 2016)
Aerial spraying to treat for tussock moths along the mountain front from Cheyenne Mountain State Park north to Blodgett Peak open space is scheduled to start Tuesday, June 21, and will continue for 7 to 12 days, weather dependent.  Roads and trails in the areas being sprayed will be closed during spraying operations.  The city of Colorado Springs web site has info
, with a map of treatment areas and extensive information about the infestation and treatment method.  You can also sign up there for notifications.

Bear Creek Watershed (June 2016)
Forest Service and El Paso County have contracted with Trails Unlimited to construct the trail reroutes in the Bear Creek watershed.  They are still waiting for final approval from SHPO (State Historic Preservation Office).  Currently, trail construction is scheduled for August 8 to September 18.  
Trail decommissioning will occur with trail construction and continue into 2017.  Some trail closures might be necessary during construction, with heavy equipment working to build trail above Seven Bridges and with blasting.  Information is available on the Forest Service web site Bear Creek page.

Crags Area Closure (June 2016)
Forest Service Road 383 to the Crags is closed for all entry because of hazard trees and tree felling operations starting May 19.  It is expected to be closed at least to the end of June.  There is no access to anyone on FSR 383, even on foot, for hiking or camping.  This affects dispersed camping, the Crags campground, the Crags trail, the route to the summit from the Crags, and Ring the Peak.  Trail users approaching from North Slope or Catamount Ranch, going counterclockwise on Ring the Peak, or those approaching from Horsethief Park, going clockwise, will not be able to go through. 
When the road and area reopen, camping will be allowed only in the Crags Campground and parking allowed only at designated trailheads and in the campground.  Dispersed camping and campfires along FS 383 will be prohibited.


North Cheyenne Canyon Road Closures (June 2016)
The road through North Cheyenne Canyon is scheduled to be closed Monday, June 13, through Tuesday, June 14, for milling and closed again Monday, June 20, through Saturday, June 25, for paving.  Trails accessed from the road will also be closed.  These are Columbine, Mt Cutler, Mt Muscoco, Spring Creek, Helen Hunt Falls, and Silver Cascade trails.  The work and closures are weather dependent and may shift.  Gold Camp Road will remain open.  City of Colorado Springs web site has info.

Santa Fe Trail Reopened (June 2016)
The New Santa Fe Trail through the Air Force Academy has reopened as of June 7th.  It has been closed for over a year over security concerns.

Bear Creek (June 2016)
El Paso County commissioners approved $190,000 funding for rerouting the trails in Jones Park on May 17.  When accepting Jones Park from Colorado Springs, county staff and commissioners said that they would follow the decision from the NEPA process.  June 2, county commissioners approved a Memorandum of Agreement on documenting historic trails and closures.  Forest Service and El Paso County anticipate beginning construction on the new trails this summer, July to September.  Trail decommissioning will occur with trail construction and continue into 2017.  Information is available on the Forest Service web site Bear Creek page.


Co Springs Parks and Rec Proposed Land Exchange (May 2016)
City council approved the exchange on a 6 to 3 vote on May 24.  
In the exchange, CS Parks and Rec receives 371 acres, including the Cog's section of the Incline and Barr Trail, an easement for public use of the connecting trail from Barr to Ruxton, the Daniels Pass and Muscoco overlook section in North Cheyenne Canyon, a parcel adjacent to Bear Creek Park, and trail easements for Chamberlain Trail, with 190 acres going to the Broadmoor, including the Strawberry Hill section of North Cheyenne Canyon Park and a parking area on Ruxton.  You can find more information on the city web page.  A map with details is also available. 

Crags Area Closure (May 2016)
Forest Service Road 383 to the Crags is closed for all entry because of hazard trees and tree felling operations starting May 19.  It is expected to be closed for 3-4 weeks. There is no access to anyone on FSR 383, even on foot, for hiking or camping.  This affects dispersed camping, the Crags campground, the Crags trail, the route to the summit from the Crags, and Ring the Peak.  Trail users approaching from North Slope or Catamount Ranch, going counterclockwise on Ring the Peak, or those approaching from Horsethief Park, going clockwise, will not be able to go through.  
When the road and area reopen, camping will be allowed only in the Crags Campground and parking allowed only at designated trailheads and in the campground.  Dispersed camping and campfires along FS 383 will be prohibited. 


Road Closures in North Cheyenne Canyon (May 2016)
Road work in North Cheyenne Canyon is scheduled to finish May 20, weather dependent.  Road closures are currently in Phase C, Mount Cutler trailhead to Canyonwood Road.  The plan is for closures Monday through Friday.  The road project will replace culverts in three phases before the road is repaved.  Trails will remain open, but vehicular access to trailheads may be limited.  Paving is planned for May.  The plan is to have all the work completed by Memorial Day, weather dependent.  
The city's web site has more info and a map.


Co Springs Parks and Rec Proposed Land Exchange (May 2016)
CS Parks and Rec has a proposed land exchange with the Broadmoor.  City council is holding a town hall meeting on the appraisals at 6 p.m. Monday, May 9 in the council chambers.  You can find more information on the 
city web page.  A map and details is also available.  In the proposal, CS Parks and Rec would receive 371 acres, including the Cog's section of the Incline and Barr Trail, an easement for public use of the connecting trail from Barr to Ruxton, the Daniels Pass and Muscoco overlook section in North Cheyenne Canyon, a parcel adjacent to Bear Creek Park, and trail easements for Chamberlain Trail, with 190 acres going to the Broadmoor, including the Strawberry Hill section of North Cheyenne Canyon Park and a parking area on Ruxton.


Road Closures in North Cheyenne Canyon (May 2016)
Road work in North Cheyenne Canyon is scheduled to finish May 13, weather dependent.  Road closures are currently in Phase C, Mount Cutler trailhead to Canyonwood Road.  The plan is for closures Monday through Friday.  The road project will replace culverts in three phases before the road is repaved.  Trails will remain open, but vehicular access to trailheads may be limited.  Paving is planned for May.  The plan is to have all the work completed by Memorial Day.  
The city's web site has more info and a map.

Manitou Shuttle (May 2016)
The free Manitou shuttle began May 1.  The Incline/Cog route runs 6 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. until Saturday, September 17, then runs 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The free shuttle runs every 20 minutes, with it being on Old Mans Trail, by the free parking lot east of Memorial Park, on the hour when it is running on schedule.  A second bus runs on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays in the summer starting at 10 a.m., making the interval between shuttles 10 minutes.  More info is on the Manitou Springs tourism web site and a schedule doc on the Mountain Metro web site.

Manitou Shuttle  (April 2016)
The free Manitou shuttle is scheduled to return Sunday, May 1.  The Incline/Cog route will run 6 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. until Saturday, September 17, then run 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The free shuttle runs every 20 minutes, with it being on Old Mans Trail, by the free parking lot east of Memorial Park, on the hour when it is running on schedule.  A second bus will run on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays in the summer starting at 10 a.m., making the interval between shuttles 10 minutes.  More info is on the Manitou Springs tourism web site and a schedule doc on the Mountain Metro web site.


Summit Complex (April 2016)
The project team for the new summit house and complex is working on detailed design.  Forest Service plans to release the draft environmental assessment in late summer 2016.  The project team also plans to hold the next public meeting in late summer to present the detailed design.  Plans are to begin off-site fabrication in early 2017 and on-site construction in mid 2017.  
You can give your comments on the preferred design in an online survey.  The city's project links page and main summit house page have more information.

Co Springs Parks and Rec Proposed Land Exchange (April 2016)
CS Parks and Rec has a proposed land exchange with the Broadmoor.  On April 14, the Parks advisory board voted 6-3 to approve the proposed land exchange and recommended to city council to approve it.  You can find more information on the 
city web page.  A map and details is also available.  In the proposal, CS Parks and Rec would receive 371 acres, including the Cog's section of the Incline and Barr Trail, an easement for public use of the connecting trail from Barr to Ruxton, the Daniels Pass and Muscoco overlook section in North Cheyenne Canyon, a parcel adjacent to Bear Creek Park, and trail easements for Chamberlain Trail, with 190 acres going to the Broadmoor, including the Strawberry Hill section of North Cheyenne Canyon Park and a parking area on Ruxton.


Manitou Shuttle  (April 2016)
The free Manitou shuttle is scheduled to return Sunday, May 1.  The Incline/Cog route will run 6 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. until Saturday, September 17, then run 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Incline Closure (March 2016)
The Incline will be closed for repair August 22 (the Monday after the Ascent and Marathon) to 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.

Road Closures in North Cheyenne Canyon (March 2016)
Road work in North Cheyenne Canyon, scheduled to start March 28, is delayed due to weather.  North Cheyenne Canyon has coming road work necessitating road closures.  The plan is for closures Monday through Friday.  The road project will replace culverts in three phases before the road is repaved.  Trails will remain open, but vehicular access to trailheads may be limited.  First phase closure is from Canyonwood Road to the start of the asphalt on Gold Camp Road, which closes the 4-way parking lot for Seven Bridges, Saint Mary's Falls, etc.  Second phase is the lower part of North Cheyenne Canyon Road, from Starsmore to the Mount Cutler trailhead.  Third phase is Mount Cutler trailhead to Canyonwood Road.  Culvert work will begin when weather allows, with paving planned for May.  The plan is to have all the work completed by Memorial Day. The Gazette had an article.  The city's web site has more info and a map.


Summit Complex (March 2016)
The preferred design for the new summit house and complex was presented at a meeting on January 26.  You can give your comments on the preferred design in an online survey.  The city's project links page and main summit house page have more information.  U.S. Forest Service is conducting the environmental assessment, and announced that they plan to release the draft in late summer 2016.


Road Closures in North Cheyenne Canyon (March 2016)
TOSC has received word of coming road closures in North Cheyenne Canyon for road work.  The road project will replace culverts in three phases before the road is repaved.  Trails will remain open, but vehicular access to trailheads may be limited.  First phase closure is from Canyonwood Road to the start of the asphalt on Gold Camp Road, which closes the 4-way parking lot for Seven Bridges, Saint Mary's Falls, etc.  Second phase is the lower part of North Cheyenne Canyon Road, from Starsmore to the Mount Cutler trailhead.  Third phase is Mount Cutler trailhead to Canyonwood Road.  Culvert work will begin March 28, with paving planned for May.  The plan is to have all the work completed by Memorial Day.  TOSC's web site has more info and a map.

Bear Creek (March 2016)
Forest Service consultation with U.S.  Fish and Wildlife Service is concluded.  Consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) on cultural resources is continuing.  It is expected that SHPO will want the historic trails along Bear Creek documented.  While the decision is still not final, Forest Service and El Paso County anticipate beginning construction on the new trails this summer, July to September.  Trail decommissioning will occur with trail construction and continue into 2017.  Information is available on the Forest Service web site Bear Creek page.

Co Springs Parks and Rec Proposed Land Exchange (March 2016)
CS Parks and Rec has a proposed land exchange with the Broadmoor.  You can find more information on the city web page.  A map and details is also available.  In the proposal, CS Parks and Rec would receive 371 acres, including the Cog's section of the Incline and Barr Trail, an easement for public use of the connecting trail from Barr to Ruxton, the Daniels Pass and Muscoco overlook section in North Cheyenne Canyon, a parcel adjacent to Bear Creek Park, and trail easements for Chamberlain Trail, with 190 acres going to the Broadmoor, including the Strawberry Hill section of North Cheyenne Canyon Park and a parking area on Ruxton.

Co Springs Parks and Rec Proposed Land Exchange (February 2016)
CS Parks and Rec has a proposed land exchange with the Broadmoor.  CS Parks and Rec is holding a public meeting to gather more feedback on Wednesday, February 24, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Gold Camp Elementary School, 1805 Preserve Drive.  Councilman Keith King has a listening and discussion session on Monday, March 14, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Avenue.  You can find more information on the city web page.  A map and details is also available.  (The map and info might not include the update.  The proposal now also includes a trail easement on the spur trail between Barr Trail and Ruxton Avenue.)  In the proposal, CS Parks and Rec would receive 370 acres and trail easements for Chamberlain Trail, with 190 acres going to the Broadmoor.

Co Springs Parks and Rec Proposed Land Exchange (January 2016)
CS Parks and Rec has a proposed land exchange with the Broadmoor.  You can find more information on the city web page.  A map and details is also available.  (The map and info might not include the update.  The proposal now also includes a trail easement on the spur trail between Barr Trail and Ruxton Avenue.)  In the proposal, CS Parks and Rec would receive 370 acres and trail easements for Chamberlain Trail, with 190 acres going to the Broadmoor.

Summit Complex (January 2016)
The preferred design for the new summit house and complex was presented at a meeting on January 26.  You can give your comments on the preferred design in an online survey.  The city's project links page and main summit house page have more information.

New Officers (January 2016)
Congratulations to the new officers for Friends of the Peak: president Paul Mead, vice president Steve Bremner, secretary Jenny Sullivan, and treasurer Alex Sullivan.  Also, thank you to the retiring board members: Jim Strub, Bob Bunch, and Carol Beckman.

Manitou Springs Master Plan for Open Space and Trails (January 2016)
Manitou Springs is developing their master plan for parks, open space, and trails.  The draft master plan will be presented at an open house, Thursday, April 14, 6:00 p.m. Manitou Springs city hall, 606 Manitou Avenue.  You can also check out Manitou Springs' web page.

Ring the Peak -- 16 in '16 (January 2016)
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.

Co Springs Parks and Rec Proposed Land Exchange (January 2016)
CS  Parks and Rec had a proposed land exchange with the Broadmoor.  A public meeting where you can learn more and provide comments is Thursday, January 28, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Bear Creek Nature Center.  You can also find more information on the city web page.  A map and details is also available.  In the proposal, CS Parks and Rec would receive 370 acres and significant trail easements, with 190 acres going to the Broadmoor.


2015

Summit Complex (December 2015)
Bear Creek (November 2015)
Summit Complex (October 2015)
Ute Pass Trail Planning (October 2015)
Bear Creek (October 2015)
Manitou Shuttle (September 2015)
Ute Pass Trail Planning (September 2015)
Manitou Springs Master Plan for Open Space and Trails (August 2015)
New Summit House (August 2015)
Dead Trees along Crags Road (August 2015)
Ute Pass Trail Planning (July 2015)
Bear Creek (July 2015)
Manitou Springs Parks, Open Space, and Trails Planning (July 2015)
June 28 Devil's Playground Closure (June 2015)
20th Anniversary Celebration (June 2015)
Manitou Springs Parks, Open Space, and Trails Planning (May 2015)
Ute Pass Trail Planning (May 2015)
Manitou Shuttle  (May 2015)
South Slope Trails (May 2015)
South Slope Trails (March 2015)
Ute Pass Trail Planning (February 2015)
Storage Unit Fire (February 2015)
Jones Park (January 2015)


2014

Jones Park (December 2014)
Incline Is Open (December 2014)
Incline Set To Reopen (December 2014)
South Slope Trails (December 2014)
Jones Park (November 2014)
Another Boulder on Barr Trail (October 2014)
South Slope is Open! (October 2014)
Jones Park (September 2014)
Manitou Springs Shuttle (September 2014)
Jones Park (September 2014)
Iron Mountain Trail is Complete (August 2014)
Jones Park (August 2014)
Incline Closure (August 2014)
Bear Creek Trails Reopen (June 2014)
Utilities Considering Jones Park Donation (June 2014)
Palmer Red Rock Loop Is Open (May 2014)
Incline Closure (May 2014)
Colorado Springs Parks Master Plan Public Meeting (April 2014)
Manitou Springs Shuttle (April 2014)
Barr Boulder (March 2014)
Bear Creek Watershed Comment Period (March 2014)
Bear Creek Watershed Open House (February 2014)
Bear Creek Watershed Trail Closures (January 2014)


2013

Bear Creek Watershed Update (November 2013)
Trails in Bear Creek Watershed Closed (October 1, 2013)
Storm Damage (September 2013)
Update on Bear Creek Watershed (September 2013)
Manitou Springs Shuttle (Septemer 2013)
Manitou Springs Shuttle (May 2013)
Comments on Bear Creek Watershed Proposal (March 2013)
Manitou Incline (February 2013)


2012

Bear Creek Trails Closed to Motorized Vehicles
Ski Resort on Harvey Carter Property 
South Slope Watershed 
Ring the Peak

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