Friday, May 29, 2015

Finally! Some good trails news.

Posted By on Fri, May 29, 2015 at 4:53 PM

click image LESZEK LESZCZYNSKI
  • Leszek Leszczynski

For weeks now, outdoor enthusiasts have weathered bad news about beloved trails: they're closed, they're damaged, they're washed away.

Well, here's some good news: Section 16, Palmer and Intemann trails are back open. You still have to be careful on the trails, and there will be mud on them — which you should hike straight through rather than damaging the forest by hiking around it. You should also avoid any trails that are closed.

But hey, this is good news, folks, and just in time for weekend adventuring!
Update to City Parks and Trails closures
Section 16, Palmer and Intemann Trails now open to public


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo – A popular hiking area on the City’s west side is now open to the public. Section 16, which includes Intemann and Palmer Trails, was previously closed due to recent heavy rain events that forced several parks and trails to close in Colorado Springs. Several areas still remain closed. 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.

The following areas are closed until further notice.

· The Midland Trail between 25th and 28th Streets

· Red Rock Canyon Open Space due to the extensive damage caused by recent rains and a dam breach within Sand Canyon

· Foothills 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

· Trails from Section 16 into Red Rock Canyon proper

Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon Open Space remains closed to rock climbing, the climbing ban for North Cheyenne Canyon climbing has been lifted. Because sandstone is very fragile when wet, these areas will be closed to climbing until they are deemed safe for climbing.

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. Residents should stay on the trails – even if they’re muddy – to help protect the land and natural areas.

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