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Incline trail work day Saturday
Admit it. If you are a regular at this site, there's a good chance you hike the Manitou Incline. Illegally.
One key step for legal opening of the popular trail is for work to be done to stabilize the route and close unsustainable social trails. This Saturday is your chance to give back to the Incline.
From the Incline Friends:
Now is the time for Incline Users to really step up and help get the Incline ready for opening. It is our first big opportunity to work on the Incline, and we need 125 volunteers. Give us just one day and join the Cities of Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs, REI, Incline Friends, Trails and Open Space Coalition, and Friends of the Peak as we:
- prune vegetation and remove rebar from the trail corridor
- install fence around the Barr Parking Lot
- close social trails
- install wayfinding signs
- rehab portions of Barr Trail.
Sign-up for the event at http://www.rei.com/stores/68.
Parking is only available at Manitou Springs High School. Buses will transport volunteers to the Barr Parking Lot. Do not park at the Barr Trailhead parking lot as this parking will be reserved for recreational users.
Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., with work starting at 8 a.m.
Work will finish around 3 p.m.
The first bus will leave the high school’s parking lot at 7 a.m., with the second bus leaving at 7:20 a.m.
Please dress in layers so you’re prepared for our Colorado weather; closed toe shoes, water, work gloves, and lunch are a must! Sunscreen and hats are recommended.
Trail work is no fun for dogs, so please leave your pooches at home. This project is limited to those 12 years and older, children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a waiver signed by a guardian. Please note the Incline is not officially open or legal, hiking the Incline is still considered trespassing. Due to the nature of the Incline, trail work will range from moderate to difficult. If the weather is inclement please visit www.inclinefriends.com or www.openspacevolunteers.org that morning to see if the project has been canceled. If canceled the make-up day will be May 19, 2012.
If you can't volunteer for this project, there are plenty of others that need your skills! Check out this list of local groups that work to maintain our trails and parks.