Improvements being made to the Pancake Rocks trail segment
TOSC has partnered with RMFI and the U.S. Forest Service to implement some much needed improvements to the Pancake Rocks Trail (a part of the Ring the Trail). Many portions of the existing trail lie directly on the fall line, and severe erosion is impacting the trail, the surrounding natural resources, and user experience and safety. The rerouted sections of trail will provide a more sustainable and enjoyable route to the marvelous rock formations from which the trail gets its name. The U.S. Forest Service, with input and support from RMFI, identified and designed the short trail reroutes. The project is supported by funding via the Colorado Springs Lodgers & Automobile Rental Tax (LART).
The RMFI stewardship crew began project work on August 16th, and finished the first week of implementation on August 23rd. In the first week the RMFI Stew Crew and volunteers constructed 1,200 linear feet of new trail. Around 650 linear feet of unsustainable trail was also decommissioned. Volunteers helped with the trail work during two Community Stewardship Days on August 20 and 22. Portions of the new trail alignment are already open for users to enjoy.