Jones Park (December 2014)
Colorado Springs city council postponed consideration of Jones Park until the council meeting on January 12.

Thank You, Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon (December 2014)
The runners of the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon have been long-time supporters of Friends of the Peak.  They continued their support this year with a sizable donation, and the board of directors also made a generous donation to Friends of the Peak.  Thank you to the runners and Pikes Peak Marathon.

Incline Is Open (December 2014)
The Manitou Incline opened on Friday, December 5 at a 10 a.m. ceremony.  CS Parks and Rec has more information.

Incline Set To Reopen (December 2014)
The Manitou Incline is scheduled to reopen on Friday, December 5 at 10 a.m.  CS Parks and Rec has more information.

South Slope Trails (December 2014)
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.
South Slope Trails Google Earth View

Jones Park (November 2014)
Colorado Springs city council received the results of the appraisal of the Jones Park land at the work session on November 24 and will likely consider the issue again at the council meeting on December 9.

New Board Member (October 2014)
Susan Jarvis-Weber is the newest board member for Friends of the Peak.  Welcome, Susan!

Giving Beer, Wed, Oct 29 (October 2014)
Friends of the Peak is the beneficiary of the Giving Beer at Trinity Brewing, 1466 Garden of the Gods Road, 5:30 - 7:30, Wed Oct 29.  $1 for every Trinity Beer sold goes to Friends of the Peak.  Come have a beer for a good cause.

Susan Davies, "Pikes Peak's Scenic South Slope" (October 2014)
Susan Davies, executive director for Trails and Open Space Coalition, will speak on Pikes Peak's Scenic South Slope as the program for the Pikes Peak Group of the Colorado Mountain Club, 7:30 p.m., Tues, Oct 21, All Souls Unitarian Church, 730 N. Tejon, Colorado Springs.  The program is free and open to the public.

Another Boulder on Barr Trail (October 2014)
A boulder slid down on Barr Trail because of the heavy rain October 9.  This one does not completely block the trail, but has a friend also, making passage tight there.  The boulder is not far above the fifth turn above the trailhead.

Oct 11 Incline project canceled (October 2014)
The Sat, Oct 11 project on the Incline is cancelled because of the rain.  The ground is too wet to truck the tools up Longs Ranch Road and too wet to work.  CS Parks and Rec hopes to reschedule.  Meanwhile, if you're still looking to volunteer, plenty of other projects need help.  Check TOSC's volunteer page.  Thanks for volunteering!

South Slope is Open! (October 2014)
Colorado Springs Parks and Rec announced on October 2 that South Slope will open.  The season is limited, so for 2014 it is open only 2 weekends.  Reservations are required, and as of October 3, reservations are full.  See the city web site for more information.

Jones Park (September 2014)
At the September 23 meeting, CS city council voted 5-3 to have an appraisal done, with results by the November 25 city council meeting, with the intent of donating Jones Park to El Paso County.

Manitou Springs Shuttle (September 2014)
The free shuttle service in Manitou Springs ended September 13.

Crew Leader Tread Lightly (September 2014)
A Leave No Trace course for crew leaders.  If you're a crew leader, member of a Friends group board, or engaged in planning or coordinating trail projects, you can learn how to have a softer impact on the environment.  The class is scheduled for Tues, Oct 7, 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the CS Parks and Rec offices at 1401 Recreation Way.

Jones Park (September 2014)
At the September 9 meeting, CS city council voted 5-4 against donating the CS Utilities' holdings in Jones Park to the U.S. Forest Service through the National Forest Foundation.  They will consider the issue again at the September 23 meeting.

Iron Mountain Trail is Complete (August 2014)
The Iron Mountain Trail, which connects the Intemann Trail, is open.  Hikers, bikers, and runners can now go through from Section 16 in Red Rock Canyon Open Space all the way to Ruxton Avenue in Manitou Springs.  Thank you to all the volunteers and organizations that worked so hard to make it happen.

Jones Park (August 2014)
At its meeting August 20, the CS Utilities board voted 5-3 to recommend that city council donate the CS Utilities' holdings in Jones Park to the U.S. Forest Service through the National Forest Foundation.  After extensive investigation into the options, CS Utilities staff recommended this option.  City council is scheduled to hear the matter at its meeting on September 9.

Incline Closure (August 2014)
The Manitou Incline closed Monday, August 18, for repairs.  Projected opening date is December 1.  CS Parks and Rec has more information.

Incline Closure (August 2014)
The Manitou Incline is scheduled to close Monday, August 18, for repairs.  When planning your last climb up the Incline before it closes, please remember that the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon are August 16 and 17.  CS Parks and Rec has more information.

Sunday, July 20, South Slope Project Cancelled (July 2014)
The volunteers on Saturday, July 19, finished the work planned for South Slope, so we don't need to continue Sunday, July 20.  Thanks for volunteering.  Spread the word.

Barr Trail Mountain Race (July 2014)
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 (June 2014)
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.

5th Annual Ring the Peak Fun Run (June 2014)
Congratulations to the 5 runners who completed the 2014 Ring the Peak Fun Run, about 100 kilometers around Pikes Peak on the Ring the Peak trail.  These intrepid souls set out to run the entire Ring in a day, improvising where needed.  Runners completing the Ring this year are: Harsha Nagaraj, Scott Jaime, Rick Hessek, Steve Bremner, and Julian Smith.  Rick and Steve have completed the Ring the Peak Fun Run all 5 years.

Thank You, Cog Railway! (June 2014)
Thank you to the Pikes Peak Cog Railway for taking 10 volunteers plus tools up and down on the Cog so that they could maintain Barr Trail near Barr Camp with Friends of the Peak on May 31.  Because of the long hike in, the area is difficult to reach, and really needed some work. The Cog saved space on two trains on a Saturday to get the volunteers up to the Mountain View station and back down, and also arranged to take the tools up and down.  The volunteers were able to improve water drainage off the trail and reduce erosion in about a mile-long stretch of the trail above Barr Camp.  Thank you, Cog Railway!

Bear Creek Forum (June 2014)
Rep. Doug Lamborn's public forum on closures in the Bear Creek area on June 2 was well attended.  Agency representatives present were Doug Krieger from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Kurt Schroeder from CS Parks and Rec, Mark Shea from CS Utilities, and Oscar Martinez from U.S. Forest Service.  A lively crowd expressed a strong desire to have the trails that were closed for safety reasons open again and enthusiastic eagerness to help repair any storm damage that might exist.  Motorized trail users, mountain bikers, and hikers were all represented and all ready and willing to help.

Utilities Considering Jones Park Donation (June 2014)
The Cheyenne Edition reports that Colorado Springs Utilities has informally agreed to donate Jones Park to the Forest Service.  Read their story here.

Palmer Red Rock Loop Is Open (May 2014)
Colorado Springs Parks and Rec has opened the Palmer Trail and the portion of High Drive from the Palmer Trail to the caretaker's cottage.  So the entire Palmer Red Rock Loop is now open.  Check out the updated map.  The lower section of High Drive is open for nonmotorized use only, and the rest of High Drive remains closed from damage in the September 2013 storms.  Trails in and near the Bear Creek watershed damaged in the storm  in Pike National Forest, 665, 666, 667, 668, 701, and 720, remain closed (order and 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.

Incline Closure (May 2014)
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.

Bear Creek Forum (May 2014)
Rep. Doug Lamborn is hosting a public forum on closures in the Bear Creek area, Monday, June 2, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., El Paso County Commission Chambers, Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade, Colorado Springs.  Representatives from US Forest Service, CS Utilities, CS Parks and Rec and Colorado Parks and Wildlife should be available to answer questions.

Colorado Springs Parks Master Plan Public Meeting (April 2014)
Colorado Springs Parks and Rec is updating the master plan for parks, recreation, trails, and open space.  The master plan provides long-term goals and policies and is updated every 10 years.  A chance for you to give your input is at the public meeting, Wed, April 30, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St.  See the city web site for more information.

Manitou Springs Shuttle (April 2014)
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.

New Board Member (April 2014)
Longtime volunteer Bob Bunch has joined our board.  Welcome, Bob!

Barr Boulder (March 2014)
U.S. Forest Service routed Barr Trail above the large boulder (before: downhill sideuphill side; after: downhill sideuphill side) that slid down onto the trail in the mid September storms.

Bear Creek Watershed Comment Period (March 2014)
The public open house is over, but you can still provide comments on the proposal for trails and access in the Bear Creek watershed by sending e-mail tobcc@fs.fed.us.  All comments must be received by March 27, 2014.  Information about the proposal is available on the Forest Service web site Bear Creek page.  Some of their links were broken, so here are the documents on the proposal:
Scoping letter
Description of Proposed Alternatives
Maps of Current Trails and Preferred Changes (Alternative B)
Maps of Current Trails and Alternative C

Crew Leader Training (March 2014)
Registration for regional crew leader training is open.   The training is Friday to Sunday, April 25 to 27, and is sponsored by CS Parks and Rec and local nonprofits, including Friends of the Peak.  It's free.  Crew leaders are essential for trail and environmental projects to succeed.  Please consider registering.

Bear Creek Watershed Open House (February 2014)
The public open house on the proposal for trails and access in the Bear Creek watershed is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Pikes Peak room at Colorado Springs Utilities' Leon Young Service Center, 1521 Hancock Expressway, Colorado Springs, 80903.  You can learn about the proposal and provide feedback.  Information about the proposal is available on the Forest Service web site Bear Creek page.

Bear Creek Watershed Trail Closures (January 2014)
U.S. Forest Service has closed all trails in the Bear Creek watershed to all use.  Closed trails are 665, 666, 667, 668, 701, and 720.  The order and map 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 January 7, 2014.

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