Friday, May 22, 2015

UPDATE: Floods cause trail closures

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 10:53 AM

The city apparently won't be allowing any rock climbing in city parks over the weekend. Here are a few more updates from the city:

Park & Trail Closures UPDATE!

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.- Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services staff continues to assess damage throughout the City’s park system from recent rain. Pikes Peak Greenway Trail between Polk Street and Tremont Street has re-opened. The following remain closed at this time.

City Parks and Trails Closures

• The Midland Trail between 26th Street and Ridge Road
• Red Rock Canyon Open Space due to the extensive damage caused by recent rains and a dam breach within Sand Canyon. At this time, no private property is affected. Park staff is assessing damage and trail conditions throughout the entire property.
• Foot Hills Trail within Garden of the Gods between Gateway Road and the Navigators.
• Pikes Peak Greenway Trail between Nevada Avenue and El Pomar Youth Sports Park

Park and trail users are strongly encouraged to heed trail closures and avoid low lying areas for their own safety. Please follow all closures, barricades and exercise caution on all trails. Varying degrees of damage may exist on the trails and in the parks.

Park and trail users are also encouraged to use good judgment to help protect our natural resources in the areas that remain open. Most parks and trails are completely saturated and muddy. If you do venture out this weekend, remember to stay on the trails – even if they’re muddy – to help protect the land and natural areas.


——- UPDATED POST, TODAY, 10:53 A.M. ———

Update:
I hope you weren't planning to hit the trails this Memorial Day weekend, because continued bad weather is causing even more trail and park closures.

Red Rock Canyon Open Space is closed. The city's main commuter trail, the Santa Fe/ Pikes Peak Greenway has suffered major damage. However, the Air Force Academy trails, which were inaccessible for a while due to security concerns, appear to be open again. The exception is a portion of the Santa Fe trail that runs through the Academy, which is closed to the general public unless the guests are sponsored by a DoD ID cardholder. However, other reports say that the trail is heavily damaged from floods.

The Trails and Open Space Coalition is keeping a good tab on what is closed. Check their list here.

The city lists the following closures:
• The Midland Trail between 26th Street and Ridge Road

• Pikes Peak Greenway Trail between Polk Street and Tremont Street

• Red Rock Canyon Open Space due to the extensive damage caused by recent rains and a dam breach within Sand Canyon. At this time, no private property is affected. Park staffs is assessing damage and trail conditions throughout the entire property.

• Foot Hills Trail within Garden of the Gods between Gateway Road and the Navigators.

• Pikes Peak Greenway Trail between Nevada Avenue and El Pomar Youth Sports Park
El Paso County has also released a list of its closures:
Parks Closes Trails

Damage from Rain and Flash Flooding


El Paso County, CO, May 23, 2015 – El Paso County Parks has closed numerous trails due to damage from the recent rains and flash flooding.

Closed Trails include:

New Santa Fe Regional Trail - The trail section through the Air Force Academy (AFA) has been temporarily closed by the AFA due to heighten security concerns.

Rainbow Falls Recreation Area - The site is temporarily closed due to flooding issues and CDOT road closures.

Ute Pass Regional Trail- The trail is closed from Crystola Canyon Road south to Green Mountain Falls Road due to trail washouts.

Fountain Creek Regional Trail -
1. The Hanson Trailhead is closed in addition to area trails. The bridge across Fountain Creek near the trailhead is also closed.
2. The Fishers Canyon trail section (near Maxwell Street Trailhead) is closed due to structural issues.
3. The trail section through the Stratmoor Valley Trailhead is closed due to creek bank failures and trail washouts.
4. The trail sections near Willow Springs Ponds and Highway 16 underpass are closed due to creek bank failures and washout of trails.

Clear Springs Ranch - Trail closed at low water crossing approximately ¼ mile north of the trailhead.

Regional Park Trails - Numerous trails in regional parks have been impacted by flooding. Park users are advised to use caution on all regional park trails.
——- ORIGINAL POST, May 13, 2:46 P.M. ——-

click to enlarge In past years, flooding has caused major damage. - FILE PHOTO
  • File photo
  • In past years, flooding has caused major damage.


Recent floods have damaged trails, including the popular Pikes Peak Greenway Trail (aka the Santa Fe Trail).

The city is asking cyclists and other trail users to respect the closures while repairs are made. Reroutes are being looked at where possible. 

Here's what the city has to say:
Closure of two major trail segments

Colorado Springs, CO – Rains of the past week and the subsequent flooding have damaged two vital parts of the City’s regional trail system necessitating the closure of two major trail segments:

· Flooding along Camp Creek significantly damaged the Foot Hills Trail within Garden of the Gods. The trail has been closed between Gateway Road and the Navigators

· Three major washouts occurred on the Greenway Trail and it has been closed between Nevada Avenue and El Pomar Youth Sports Park

City Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services staff is investigating the damage and will be identifying a path forward to facilitate repairs and accommodate reroutes where possible. Also, various degrees of damage may exist on trail segments throughout the community so our trail users are advised to use caution.
The Trails and Open Space Coalition appears to have a more exhaustive list of such closures on its website. So far, it lists the following:
• Pikes Peak Greenway—south of Tejon, and near Monument Valley Park

• Midland Trail near 25th St.

• Foothills Trail near Glen Eyrie

• Fountain Creek Regional Trail—three closures

• Ute Pass Regional Trail—Green Mtn Falls

• Rainbow Falls

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