- Waldo Canyon could open this year
- Incline to close for 4 months
- City “dog patrol” enforcing leash laws
- Volunteer Opportunities this weekend–Nat’l Trails Day, Iron Mtn
- Weekly Starlight contest–Flat kit from Bicycle Village
- TOPS working committee openings
- Members-only South Slope hike June 21
- Camp and clear trail on Cheyenne Mountain June 27-29
- Upcoming Events
We are dedicated to the preservation of open space and parks, and the creation of a network of trails, bikeways and greenways for the Pikes Peak region.
Waldo Canyon may open this year
USFS Official says after monsoon season, possibly fall 2014
NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF June 4, 2014
US Forest Service District Ranger Allen Hahn told TOSC that Waldo Canyon could open this year. The once-popular hiking area has been closed since the Waldo Canyon Fire. The main safety concern was the difficulty in evacuating hikers if there was a recurrence of the flooding that we saw last year in the burn scar.
The Forest Service is considering opening Waldo Canyon in the fall after the monsoon season has passed (June-Sept), keeping the option of closing it again next year when flooding is again a possibility.
Watch our website and Facebook page for more information as we await an official announcement.
$1.6 M in repairs starts August
Incline to close for four months
Colorado Springs Parks Staff tell us the Manitou Incline is literally “eroding away.” For that reason, the Incline will close in August for four months and undergo $1.6 million in repairs. Last years’ flooding further damaged the already ailing Incline. FEMA, GOCO and CSU support and Incline Friends contributions will pay for the new retaining walls and replace damaged railroad ties.
Anyone caught using the closed trail could face a $100 fine. If you are looking at alternative trails, check out the trails section on the TOSC website, or give us a call at 633-6884. We’ll be happy to help.
City “dog patrol” enforcing leash laws
Tickets and fines for offenders
If you like hiking with your dogs, and prefer having them off leash, better consider the off-leash areas in Garden of the Gods or Red Rock Canyon, or any of the eight dog parks/off-leash areas in our region.
Why? There are now “bike patrols” in our regional parks and open spaces on a regular basis, enforcing the law which requires dogs to be on leashes when not in a designated leash-free area. Read more on our blog.
Volunteer Events this Weekend
Sat, June 7 – Sun, June 8
National Trails Day Event June 7
Stratton Open Space; shuttle from Cheyenne Mtn High School
Iron Mountain Trail needs you!
Sign up now for work day Sunday, June 8th.
More trail building days for the Iron Mountain Trail connecting Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs are June 8 and 22, July 13 and 27. The project needs lots of volunteers, and Crew Leaders are especially needed to help manage the crews.http://ManitouCATS.com.
Fun Contests and Great Prizes!
Starlight Spectacular Facebook page–weekly drawings
Sign up now for our June Members-only hike!
One benefit of TOSC membership is that we offer Members-only hikes, often to land that is inaccessible without special permission.
Our next member hike will be on the South Slope of Pikes Peak, June 21st. We have hopes that the South Slope area will be opened as a fee area to the public later in the summer, but in the meantime, TOSC members can get in for free. Space is limited so reserve your spot early. http://hikeJun2014.eventbrite.com.
Camp and clear trail on Cheyenne Mountain
June 27, 28, 29 with Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park
How about a great weekend of volunteering and remote camping just minutes from Colorado Springs? Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park are committed to developing a “Loop Trail” on top of the mountain this summer. They need your help clearing the corridor before contracted work gets underway in July.
Dates are June 27th, 28th and 29th. For more information or to sign up, see the Friends of Cheyenne Mtn State Park website,
or email Jack Busher, email@example.com.
Save the dates
- June 14, 20th Annual Starlight Spectacular, festivities start 9 pm, ride starts 10:30 pm, Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center. Register at http://2014Starlight.eventbrite.com. Like ourStarlight Spectacular Facebook page for the latest updates, registration information, special events news, and the opportunity to win great prizes in the weeks leading up to the event!
- June 20, 5-9 pm. ROLL Bike Art Festival. 10th Annual celebration of bikes in art, Manitou Arts Center, 515 Manitou Ave. Live music, bike demos, art on display. Free.
- June 26, 6:30-8:30 am. Bike to Work Breakfast, three locations.Join hundreds of cyclists throughout the city for a free breakfast! Corporate Challenge Teams, City Council Cruise, prizes! Register by June 15th at this link.
- June 27, 28, 29. Cheyenne Mountain State Park trail work/camping weekend. How about a great weekend of volunteering and remote camping just minutes from Colorado Springs? Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park are committed to developing a “Loop Trail” on top of the mountain this summer. They need your help clearing the corridor before contracted work gets underway in July. Dates are June 27th, 28th and 29th. For more information or to sign up: http://friendsofcmsp.org/?page_id=821
As always, check our volunteer website atwww.openspacevolunteers.org for volunteer projects.