Force Colorado Springs to Repair the Barr Trail
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The City of Colorado Springs acquired ownership of the first two and one quarter miles of the Famous Barr Trail on America's Mountain on December 30th 2016. This high profile trail begins in Manitou Springs at an elevation of 6600 ft., and climbs to the Summit of Pike's Peak at an elevation of over 14,100 ft. It is estimated that at least 60,000 people hike the Barr Trail each year, and over 300,000 people use this section of the Barr Trail to come down from the Manitou Incline each year.
This popular trail is in terrible condition. It is composed of tight switchbacks which lack proper drainage. The trail must be modified to meet modern drainage standards. The drainage problems have caused severe erosion damage on the steep hillside. The trail is riddled with obstacles (large rocks), which make hiking slow and dangerous. The fence along the trail that prevents people from cutting across the switchbacks is in desperate need of replacement. It is a terrible eyesore, much of the paint is gone, and poles are rotten and falling off in many places.
The City has just finished spending $5 million in grant money on the nearby Manitou Incline, why do they refuse to answer my questions about these important repairs? On the summit of Pike's Peak the City refers to themselves as the Proud Stewards of America's Mountain. Demand that the City tell us the estimated cost of these repairs, and the projected timeline for them.
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