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Newlin Creek Trail offers glimpse into history; CPW seeks public input on new parks; Free CO parks day 

click to enlarge The trail is rocky for the first .3 miles then relatively flat and on soft tread up to this bridge crossing Newlin Creek, about .6 miles from the trailhead. - BOB FALCONE
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  • The trail is rocky for the first .3 miles then relatively flat and on soft tread up to this bridge crossing Newlin Creek, about .6 miles from the trailhead.
I first heard of the Newlin Creek Trail when a friend recently asked me if I had ever hiked it. I had not, so of course I had to do it.  Located south of Florence, Colorado, in the San Isabel National Forest, the trail isn't the prettiest trail, nor does it have great views, but what it does have going for it is some cool artifacts, an interesting history lesson, seclusion, and in the heat of the summer, it is a good hike to escape the heat.
To Get There:  From Colorado Springs, take Highway 115 south into the town of Florence. At the traffic light at the Loaf and Jug, turn south on Highway 67. Take Highway 67 for 4 miles and then turn right onto Fremont County Road 15 (look for the signs for the Florence Mountain Park). Take CR 15 through Florence Mountain Park, to the end of the road.  The last few tenths of a mile are a bit rough, but are passable when dry by anything except the lowest slung cars. Two-wheel drive vehicles may have trouble when the road is wet and muddy. The trailhead is at the end of the road. 

Things to Know:  The trail can be rugged in spots and appears to not have seen any maintenance in a while, however it is easy to follow. There is more than 1800' of elevation gain over the course of a little over 2.5 miles.  The trail is open to hikers and equestrians only, and dogs must be "under control".  On this hike, there was little water in Newlin Creek, and most of it was in stagnant pools. Bring plenty of water and bug repellent. There are no rest-room facilities at the trailhead or the Florence Mountain Park. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife COTREX app is accurate from the trailhead to the sawmill, but it shows the trail ending shortly after the sawmill. The trail, however, goes further on than the app indicates.

In other news Colorado Parks and Wildlife, as part of the Future Generations Act passed last year, is exploring the creation of new state parks, and the possible expansion of current parks. To that end, CPW is asking for public input on several criteria used in the park planning process.  The public input period ends on August 15, 2019

August 1st is Colorado Day, the anniversary of Colorado becoming a state.  To celebrate, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is waiving the entry fee to all state parks for one day, on Monday, August 5th.

Also, CPW is offering free state park admission for active duty, retired, and military veterans for the entire month of August. You'll need a special military pass, which can be obtained at any state park or CPW office.
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Bob Falcone is a retired firefighter, photographer, hiker, business owner and author of Hiking Bob's Tips, Tricks and Trails, available via his website. He has lived in Colorado Springs for  almost 28 years. Follow him on Twitter (@hikingbob), Facebook (@hikingguide), Instagram (@HikingBob_CO) or visit his website (Hikingbob.com). E-mail questions, comments, suggestions, etc to Bob: info@hikingbob.com.

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