Trail Alerts

RTP Trail Closure in North Slope

All Access to RTP Through North Slope Recreation Area To Be Closed for 2-1/2 years

Beginning October 15, 2023 to Spring 2026, all access to the Ring the Peak Trail is scheduled to be closed due to a major dam rehabilitation project.

This from the project website:

“South Catamount Reservoir will undergo rehabilitation of its dam in 2024-2025, which will impact some recreation activities in the area. South Catamount is one of three reservoirs owned and operated by Colorado Springs Utilities in the North Slope Recreation Area (NSRA) of Pikes Peak. The dam structure, constructed in 1936, requires a major rehabilitation project to enhance its safety and performance. Project work includes resurfacing of its steel face and replacement of dam infrastructure. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we complete necessary maintenance and upgrades to a critical reservoir that stores drinking water for our community. The work will preserve and extend the life of the dam for decades to come.”

For more information please visit the Colorado Springs Utilities project website’s link above.

Pancake Rocks Trail Improvements Completed

2,400 feet of New Sustainable Trail

Over the past several months volunteers and staff from the Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI) have been working to improve the sustainability and user friendliness of the Pancake Rocks Trail (a key segment of the Ring the Peak Trail. Those efforts have yielded over 2,400 linear feet of new sustainable trail. RMFI also rehabilitated another 1,500 of abandoned trail.

Funding for this project was secured by the Trails and Open Space Coalition through a grant for Colorado Springs’ Lodgers and Automobile Rental Tax (LART).

Permission and trail planning were provided by the staff of the U.S. Forest Service’s Pikes Peak Ranger District. 

We hope this is the first of many trail improvement projects on the existing Ring the Peak Trail as well as continuing to plan and build new trail to complete the Ring.

Before and after photo of new trail.

Pancake Rocks Trail Gets a Facelift

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. 

Rocky Mountain Field Institute volunteers work to create a portion of new trail to bypass a heavily eroded portion of existing trail.

North Slope User Survey

Colorado Springs Utilities wants your input. Colorado Springs Utilities and Pikes Peak America’s Mountain are examining visitor’s recreational experiences in North Slope Recreation Area to best align the community’s recreational benefits, outfitter-guided recreation opportunities, water and watershed protection, and financial sustainability on North Slope.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey by October 7:
An in-person open house is planned for February 7, 2023. More info is at

Seasonal Closure on North Slope

North Slope Recreation Area closes for the winter season on Sunday, October 16.  The portion of Ring the Peak through that area is closed after October 16 until May 1.  Access to North Slope from the Edlowe Road trailhead and Catamount Ranch open space closes before North Slope, and is closed from October 1 until May 1.  More info.

Ring the Peak Trail at COSA Conference

The Ring the Peak Trail Master Plan process was the focus of a presentation by NES consultant Chris Lieber and TOSC team members Susan Davies and Mike Rigney at the Colorado Open Space Alliance (COSA) annual meeting in Steamboat Springs. The presentation was well received and a number of good suggestions were made by the audience on how to proceed with implementation.

We thank the COSA Steering Committee for allowing us to get the Ring the Peak Trail on the map open space advocates.

PDF of Masterplan

Final Master Plan Document

After over two years of meetings, public workshops and field work, our consultant N.E.S., Inc. delivered a final Mater Plan document which is now available on this web site here.

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