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Completion in sight for Intemann Trail; volunteers needed for workdays

       Workdays are scheduled this summer that will move closer to eliminating the long-time gap in the middle of the Intemann Trail above Manitou and the Westside.
       The planned dates - for which volunteers are needed - are May 17, 18 and 31; June 8 and 22; and July 13 and 27.

In a photo from several years ago, volunteers on an Intemann Trail Committee project head toward a work area in the wake of rainstorms that had washed out some areas.
Courtesy of Intemann Trail Committee
       The regional multiuse trail's creation started in 1987, following the vision of Manitou Springs City Planner Paul Intemann, who died in a car crash after announcing the idea of creating a formal trail out of various social trails in the hills above the town.
       The vision expanded under the leadership of the Intemann Trail Committee (ITC), which in the last 27 years has built and maintained its nearly five miles. One segment is between Section 16's Palmer/Red Rock Loop Trail and an overlook a half-mile west of Crystal Park Road; the other segment is between the Manitou cemetery and the Iron Spring near the Barr Trailhead.
       Lack of an easement left about a half-mile between those segments, but they are linkable now, thanks to Manitou's purchase last year of 99 acres around Iron Mountain, which is now named Iron Mountain Open Space.
       The May 17 workday will finish a connection that was started last year from part of the existing Intemann Trail into Iron Mountain Open Space. For more information, call the ITC at 473-4143 or e-mail itc@intemanntrail.com.
       All the other workdays will involve building the trail inside the open space itself. These are being led by three local trail groups (the Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates, the Friends of the Peak and Manitou Springs Trail CATS), with help from the City of Manitou Springs. Registration is requested online at manitoucats.com.
       Manitou spokesperson Shanti Toll said he believes the overall Iron Mountain trail work will be finished by 2015.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 5/6/14; Outdoors: Trails)

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