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Archive for September, 2013

Update on trail conditions

September 25th, 2013 - News

As the region continues to dry out from recent storms, local trails are in the process of recuperating.  Some trails, however, continue to remain closed.  Below is a list of updated conditions compiled by our friends at the Trails and Open Space Coalition.

CLOSURES:

  • Many Urban Trails are closed, including Sinton Trail and the Greenway from Nevada south, and Tremont to Polk. Please respect all barriers and closures.
  • North Cheyenne Canon Park remains closed, including Lower Gold Camp Road and High Drive, due to heavily damaged roads and trails. In some cases whole sections of roadways are gone.
  • Harlan Wolfe Park is closed.
  • Black Forest Regional Park – active use area open, trails and playground closed.

OPEN:

  • Blodgett Peak – open. Ponderosa, Peregrine and Blodgett trails are passable. Red Squirrel Trail is in good shape. Dry Creek Trail is in very poor shape.
  • Manitou Incline – Several ties completely gone. Watch for holes and questionable stability in spots.
  • Red Rock Canyon Open Space parking lots are open. Damage to trails is said to be extensive.
  • Ute Valley Park is open.
  • Garden of the Gods is open with the exception of Foothills Trail, which remains closed.
  • Rock Ledge Ranch is open.
  • Intemann Trail Committee tells us the Iron Spring Trailhead along Ruxton Creek is still intact. They will be out checking the trail shortly.
  • Cheyenne Mountain State Park is open. Minor damage to most trails from erosion. Blackmer trail closed to bikers due to safety concern. Raccoon ridge trail closed near the campground.
  • Bear Creek Park is open. Erosion damage has been reported all along the creek. Rear entrance to Norris Penrose is completely washed out by the creek.

We encourage all trail users to continue to respect closures and be mindful of potential damage even on trails that are marked as open.   For more detailed information, check www.trailsandopenspace.org or give us a call here at Criterium.

Trail and road conditions update

September 17th, 2013 - News

Even though the sun is finally shining here in Colorado Springs, the recent rainfall has caused havoc on our local riding spots.  According to the Trails and Open Space Coalition, many trails in our area are closed or otherwise damaged.  The following is an update from their website on trail conditions:

  • UrbanTrails remain closed – assessment continues and liability concerns are being addressed.
  • North Cheyenne Canon Park remains closed due to heavily damaged roads and trails. In some cases whole sections of roadways are gone.
  • Red Rock Canyon Open Space parking lots are open. Damage to trails is said to be extensive.
  • Palmer Park remains closed. The paved road has been damaged and the gravel roads are very fragile according to the Guardians of Palmer Park.
  • Harlan Wolfe is closed.
  • Blodgett Peak – open. Ponderosa, Peregrine and Blodgett trails are passable. Red Squirrel Trail in good shape. Dry Creek Trail is in very poor shape.
  • Ute Valley Park is open.
  • Garden of the Gods and Rock Ledge Ranch are open.
  • Intemann Trail Committee tells us the Iron Spring Trailhead along Ruxton Creek is still intact. They will be out checking the trail shortly.

(For more information check out www.trailsandopenspaces.org)

  • UrbanTrails remain closed – assessment continues and liability concerns are being addressed.
  • North Cheyenne Canon Park remains closed due to heavily damaged roads and trails. In some cases whole sections of roadways are gone.
  • Red Rock Canyon Open Space parking lots are open. Damage to trails is said to be extensive.
  • Palmer Park remains closed. The paved road has been damaged and the gravel roads are very fragile according to the Guardians of Palmer Park.
  • Harlan Wolfe is closed.
  • Blodgett Peak – open. Ponderosa, Peregrine and Blodgett trails are passable. Red Squirrel Trail in good shape. Dry Creek Trail is in very poor shape.
  • Ute Valley Park is open.
  • Garden of the Gods and Rock Ledge Ranch are open.
  • Intemann Trail Committee tells us the Iron Spring Trailhead along Ruxton Creek is still intact. They will be out checking the trail shortly.
  • - See more at: http://www.trailsandopenspaces.org/trails-and-open-space-coalition-blog/#sthash.FLiQZzTn.dpuf

  • UrbanTrails remain closed – assessment continues and liability concerns are being addressed.
  • North Cheyenne Canon Park remains closed due to heavily damaged roads and trails. In some cases whole sections of roadways are gone.
  • Red Rock Canyon Open Space parking lots are open. Damage to trails is said to be extensive.
  • Palmer Park remains closed. The paved road has been damaged and the gravel roads are very fragile according to the Guardians of Palmer Park.
  • Harlan Wolfe is closed.
  • Blodgett Peak – open. Ponderosa, Peregrine and Blodgett trails are passable. Red Squirrel Trail in good shape. Dry Creek Trail is in very poor shape.
  • Ute Valley Park is open.
  • Garden of the Gods and Rock Ledge Ranch are open.
  • Intemann Trail Committee tells us the Iron Spring Trailhead along Ruxton Creek is still intact. They will be out checking the trail shortly.
  • - See more at: http://www.trailsandopenspaces.org/trails-and-open-space-coalition-blog/#sthash.FLiQZzTn.dpuf

    We encourage all riders to use caution, respect, and common sense when planning your rides.  All of us here at Criterium Bike Shop are riders ourselves, so we know what a bummer it is to be off the bike for a few days.  However, we emphasize that all riders PLEASE abide by trail closures and restrictions.  DO NOT ride trails that are posted as closed.  DO NOT ride trails that are heavily washed out, wet, or muddy.  Doing so not only aggravates existing trail conditions but puts you and others in danger.  Not to mention, breaking rules give mountain bikers a bad name.  Don’t be THAT guy or girl!

    Keep in mind that rainfall damage is not only restricted to the trails.  Some area roads still have standing water in spots as well as lots of debris and gravel. As noted above, sections of local bike paths have also been affected, particularly those running parallel to waterways.

    In the coming weeks and months, many of our local trails will need extensive work. Local trailwork and advocacy groups will no doubt need the sweat of volunteers to help reconstruct and rebuild.  We will keep you posted on opportunities to help out.