Phase 2 of Ute Pass Trail to follow Hwy 24; eventual Intemann link seen
Phase two of the Ute Pass Trail is expected to be built this summer, according to Tim Wolken, El Paso County Parks director.
The 1 1/3-mile segment, which partially follows Highway 24 between Green Mountain Falls and the Teller County Line, is part of a planned 40-mile project geared for bicycles between Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek.
According to plans, the southern end of the trail will connect with the Paul Intemann Memorial Nature Trail in Manitou Springs. The Intemann Trail goes from Manitou to Section 16, connecting with trails in Bear Creek Park that eventually link to trails leading to downtown Colorado Springs.
The $208,100 Phase 2 cost, including right-of-way widening and wall construction in places, will be covered by contributions from Teller County entities, from grants and lottery funds obtained by El Paso County Parks and from $33,851 in regional park fees, according to project information.
The trail will allow all types of users. It will be 10 feet wide and made of a crusher fines mix, Wolken said.
The project's 1-mile first phase connected Ute Pass Elementary School with the downtown area of Green Mountain Falls in 1999.
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