Ring the Peak News – January, 2018

Ring the Peak News – January, 2018

January 31, 2018

Dispatches from the Trail

Public Meeting Tuesday, February 13

Recommendations and Potential Alignments

The community is invited to the second public meeting for the Ring the Peak Master Plan project. This is a free event for the public to learn about plan recommendations and potential alignments. Join us:

6:30 – 8:30 p.m., February 13th

at The Heritage Center

in Cripple Creek

The Ring the Peak project is focused on bringing together the Pikes Peak region’s visions and goals of the final 8-mile missing gap in the trail. Different aspects that have gone into the plan include quality of trail experience, sustainability, adequate resources, protection of watersheds and natural resources, flexible management systems, varied user experiences, and economic development for adjacent communities.

Ring the Peak Trail Master Plan seeks to engage trail users and communities in determining the best path for the future of the popular trail network. The public meeting invites audiences to inform the plan.

Solid Community Feedback

At community gatherings in late 2017, Ring the Peak project team received feedback on creating the type of plan that accomplishes not one, but all goals.

Questions were asked pertaining to the type and quality of the trail experience, effective management and enforcement strategies to protect natural resources, watersheds and private property. Pros and cons of ideas were discussed on how best to connect communities for long term viability and potential economic development.

The next opportunity for the public to provide input to assist and inform the plan is at Public Meeting 2, Tuesday February 13, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at The Heritage Center.

Ring the Peak Master Plan Process

In 2016, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper identified the Ring the Peak Trail (RTP), a network of trails and roads that circumnavigate Pikes Peak, as one of the 16 major gaps in trails around Colorado to complete for Colorado’s 16. An 8-mile gap in Teller County between Pancake Rocks and Mason Reservoir, on the south slope of Pikes Peak, remains unfinished.

In 2017, The Trails and Opens Spaces Coalition (TOSC) and the Friends of the Peak (FOTP) were awarded a $100,000 grant by GOCO (Great Outdoors Colorado) to develop a RTP Master Plan. According to Susan Davies, Trails and Open Space Coalition executive director, NES, Inc., the land planning firm chosen to lead the effort, is expected to spend a year researching and developing the plan and then turn it over to the stakeholders, to implement it.

An 8-mile gap located on a trail on the southwest side of Pikes Peak near Cripple Creek is the final connection to complete the 65-mile network of trails and roads that make up the Ring the Peak Trail.

The 1999 Pikes Peak Multi-Use Plan envisioned to circumnavigate Pikes Peak providing scenic multiuser, non-motorized recreation opportunities for the local population of the Pikes Peak region as well as being a destination for outdoor enthusiasts across the region and beyond.

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