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Manitou Incline closure, and Black Forest Park fire recovery 

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click to enlarge Looking down the Incline from near the top. This section will be improved during the closure. - BOB FALCONE
  • Bob Falcone
  • Looking down the Incline from near the top. This section will be improved during the closure.
On August 19, the Manitou Incline will close for more improvements. The closure, lasting until sometime in December, will bring the upper third of the trail into conformity with the rest of the recent work. Ties will be replaced, culverts removed, and more work will be done, allowing the popular fitness venue to withstand the heavy use it's seen over the last few years.

During past closures, I've offered suggestions here and there for trails that somewhat serve as temporary replacements for the Incline, though there's nothing exactly like it. Nonetheless, the closure offers a good reason to check out trails you may not have experienced yet.

Meanwhile, Black Forest Regional Park is still recovering from the Black Forest Fire that left it heavily damaged. The El Paso County Parks Department recently completed an assessment to determine the best trail plan for the park.

The department, in conjunction with other county agencies, the Black Forest Trails Association, Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates and the Trails and Open Space Coalition, developed several different trails plans for the park, including trails intended for foot, horse and bike users. After weighing the costs and sustainability of the various options, the parks department selected a plan for 3.42 miles of 6-8' trails and 5.2 miles of narrower single-track, all of which will be multi-use trails.

The plan was endorsed by the county Parks Advisory Board at its August meeting and is now slated to be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for final approval. Work is expected to begin soon after BOCC approval.

Happy Trails!

Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, college instructor, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for 25 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: info@hikingbob.com.

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