Bear Creek Watershed Update (November 2013)
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.
Trails in Bear Creek Watershed Closed (October 1, 2013)
U.S. Forest Service 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 andmap 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.
Storm Damage (September 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.
Update on Bear Creek Watershed (September 2013)
U.S. Forest Service is assessing trails and access in the Bear Creek watershed. The proposal is in response to the issues surrounding the greenback cutthroat trout in Bear Creek. The trails are currently open to non-motorized use, hikers, bicycles, horses, but most of the trails in the watershed are closed to motorized use. The final Bear Creek watershed assessment, from August 2013, is available. The formal comment period for the environmental assessment will likely be in late 2013, with plans for a final decision in early 2014.
The assessment, proposal, maps, etc. are available on the USFS web site:
Links for the documents and maps are at the bottom of that page. You can read our comments.
Manitou Springs Shuttle (Septemer 2013)
The free shuttle ended for this year on September 7, but should be back next summer.
Manitou Springs Shuttle (May 2013)
Parking is always an issue in Manitou Springs. This summer, Manitou has a free shuttle, running from May 19 to September 7. You can park free in the lot behind Tajine Alami, off Old Man's Trail, just east of Memorial Park, then take the shuttle to the Iron Springs Chateau. The shuttle also has stops in between. It runs 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., then every 30 minutes.
Crew Leader Training (April 2013)
Colorado Springs Parks and Rec offered crew leader training in April. Several organizations, including Friends of the Peak, helped. 34 new crew leaders graduated to help lead crews on projects in the Pikes Peak region.
Comments on Bear Creek Watershed Proposal (March 2013)
U.S. Forest Service has proposed changes in the Bear Creek watershed, and is assessing trails and access. The proposal is in response to the issues surrounding the greenback cutthroat trout in Bear Creek. The assessment, proposal, maps, etc. are available on the USFS web site:
Links for the documents and maps are at the bottom of that page. The public comment period ended April 30. You can still check the USFS web page for information. Read Friends of the Peak's comments.
Manitou Incline (February 2013)
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.