Sunday, May 3, 2015

New trails being built, some to be closed, and a Cheyenne Cañon beer

Posted By on Sun, May 3, 2015 at 7:30 AM

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There’s a frenzy of trail work being done in the Colorado Springs area right now, and that’s always good news.

You can help these projects move along:

On the east side Red Rocks Canyon Open Space, Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates is building an extension of the Codell trail that will formalize a connection south to Section 16. They’re also building a spur of the trail to the east, and down to the parking lot on 31st Street.

On the other side of Red Rocks Open Space, the Manitou Cats team is building the Sand Canyon Loop trail that will connect that canyon to other parts of the open space. Work will commence there on May 10.

On the north side of the Springs, there’s a new trail being constructed in the Blodgett Peak Open Space to connect two existing sections and provide some access to the Waldo Canyon burn area.

Work continues in Cheyenne Mountain State Park on the Dixon trail that will go to the top of Cheyenne Mountain. But completion of that project is still a year or so away.

In North Cheyenne Cañon Park, we at the Friends of Cheyenne Cañon continue to coordinate several groups working on a major re-route of the Mt. Muscoco trail, with completion still projected for Memorial Day.

In the Pike National Forest, work being done near Bear Creek will soon result in the closure of trail 666 (also known as the Bear Creek Trail) above Josephine Falls, and a re-route of upper Captain Jacks trail towards Mt Kineo. Other trails in the Bear Creek area will see re-routes while others will remain open.

All of these projects are being done primarily by volunteer groups made up of people just like you. My friends at the Trails and Open Space Coalition maintain a website and calendar of these and other projects, and it also gives information on how you can volunteer your time. You don’t need to be a member of any of these groups to help out. Go to www.openspacevolunteers.org to sign up.

Want to make a difference in a more relaxing way? How about a good beer? Bristol Brewing couples the love of beer with that of philanthropy with its Cheyenne Cañon Pinon Nut Ale benefitting the Friends of Cheyenne Cañon. (Full disclosure: I serve as the board president of the Friends of Cheyenne Cañon nonprofit group, and am an Indy Give! participant.) All of the proceeds from the sale of the beer go to the organization, which most recently funded the construction of the Helen Hunt Falls Visitors center before donating it to the City of Colorado Springs. The beer is brewed once a year and this year's unveiling will occur at Bristol Brewing Company on May 7 at 5:30pm.

Happy Trails!

Bob Falcone is a firefighter, photographer, hiker, college instructor and small business owner who has lived in Colorado Springs for over 23 years. He is the board president of the Friends of Cheyenne Canon and a member of the El Paso County Parks Advisory Board. You can follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (Hiking Bob), or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: info@hikingbob.com.

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