The Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon are this weekend, restricting access to Barr Trail and the Manitou Incline. Soon after, the Incline will close for several months for more repairs and trail improvements. For avid users of the Incline this is no doubt a cause for distress, for casual users, not so much. And for the residents of Ruxton Ave, a little respite from traffic woes.
During past Incline closures, I've made suggestions for other trails that can serve as substitutes, but nothing really can serve as a real substitute. You can read my previous suggestions here:
A Prescription for Incline withdrawal
Incline alternatives, and a few kid-friendly trail suggestions
Don't want to pay parking fees at the Incline? Here are your alternatives
But that's not the only local trail closure coming. The U.S. Forest Service is doing work in the Bear Creek watershed area, which will result in both permanent and temporary trail closures. Trail 720 and Trail 668 (Foresters Cut-off and Pipeline Trails) are closed or subject to closure from mid-to-late August while new trail construction in the Bear Creek area is being conducted. Also the very popular Trail 667/7 Bridges Trail is scheduled to be closed from September 5th through September 16 due to trail work being done above the trail.
Finally, the National Park Service 100th Birthday
celebration starts next week, with entry fees to all National Parks, Monuments and other National Park Service sites waived from the 25th to the 28th. I wrote about Colorado's National Park Service properties
a few months ago. There 's no better time to visit some of our great National Park Service sites than during the centennial celebration.
I'll be taking advantage of the free days with a special project. You'll want to keep an eye here and on the Independent'
s social media accounts starting next Thursday. More to come.
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 over 24 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.