Jan 17, 2011 8:24 PM by Stephanie Collins

The Incline needs a lot of friends

The Incline Task Force has come up with a final plan for the popular trail. It's currently illegal to hike the Incline but they say their plan will change that.

They've come up with rules that include dawn to dusk hours and making the Incline uphill access only, with the way down being down Barr Trail. They've also outlined improvements like paving the Barr Trail parking lot and moving the trailhead for the incline to the Cog Railway parking lot. Hoping that plan will make it easier to park in the area.

It will be a lot of work but the task force is hoping incline users will step up donate their time and money, "Were looking for some really talented, dedicated, energetic people to make this truly happen," says Task Force member Sarah Tresouthick.

Right now they have about 20 volunteers signed up but say they need a lot more and will take as many as they can get.

The Incline Task Force's plan still has to be adopted by the three owners of the Incline; Colorado Springs Utilities, the Cog Railway and the Forest Service. City councils in both Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs also have to approve it.

To hear more on the final plan for the Incline there's a meeting this Thursday from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Manitou Springs City Hall.

For more on joining the "Incline Friends" volunteer group, click here.



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