Manitou Cats

ElkKnoll.trail buildingIt is time for Manitoids (residents and lovers of Manitou) to take responsibility for developing and maintaining the trails and open spaces we all use. We need to give back to this wonderful land and nature.

It is up to our community to protect and sustain the beauty around us for future generations. So we have created MANITOU SPRINGS TRAIL CATS  (Coalition of Active Trail-builderS  OR  Manitou Cats) to develop a pool of  people who are willing to help.  Basically we are a friends group for Manitou trails and public land.

How You Can Participate: Iron Mountain Volunteer Trail Building Days

Iron Mountain Trail

We are building the mountain trail connection between Manitou Springs and Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
The work is moderately hard as we are building 36 inch tread into a steep hillside.  The preregistration is limited to 50 people (children 15+  years must be with parent) per day, but it is ok to show up at the last minute. We will have plenty of tools and trained crew leaders to help you learn the craft of mountain trail building. If you would like to help out in a less strenuous way, please call or email because we do also need help with planning and logistics. A party at a Manitou establishment will follow each workday.  Iron Mountain Volunteer Trail Building is sponsored by Manitou Springs Trail Cats.

See dates and volunteer registration links to the right.

Iron Mountain Trail Updates

  Making Real Progress on our  Trail

May 18, 31  *   June 8, 22  *     July 13, 2014  -   ONE MORE DAY TO GO

Wow !!! The Iron Mountain trail volunteer building has been first rate.  All of you should feel proud of what you have accomplished.  

Next Sunday,  July 27,  is our last scheduled workday until after the trail is completed by machine. We will need as many volunteers and crew leaders as possible to finish  the trail  up to the second turn, where we will meet up with the mechanical trail building of Tony Boone, which could happen soon.

 Come work and  celebrate with your fellow volunteers as we complete the volunteer Manitou Cats part of the Iron Mountain Trail project.  The party after the July 27 workday will be at the Manitou Brewing Company.

Lets Finish Strong

Iron Mountain/Intemann Trail Connection volunteer workdays have been  a great success. We have had over 400 volunteer days and we build almost 2000 feet of great 36 inch wide trail. We wish to thank you for your contribution to this effort, whether it is telling a friend or coming out to work a few days this summer. It really is a collaboration of so many groups and individuals. It is our personal enthusiasm and support that will fill the workdays with volunteers.

Thanks also to Stagecoach Inn,  Swirl Wine Emporium, Townhouse Tavern and Savilli ‘s Pizza, the American Legion and the  Manitou Brewing Company have each hosted an after work party with a free beer/beverage for out thirsty volunteers.  We wish to thank their collaborative and generous  spirit.   Manitou Springs is lucky to have businesses,  residents and outdoor enthusiast who support its trails and open spaces.

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The Iron Mountain Trail Building Project: A Collaboration Of
Volunteer And Mechanical Construction

In March and April, thanks to  generous donations of the Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates and the Friends Of The Peak ,  Manitou Springs got six mechanical trail construction days with Tony Boone, one of the premier trail builders in the USA.   What we learned was that the higher eastern part of the Iron Mountain Trail is on a hillside that is too steep and rocky to have volunteers using picks and shovels to build it.   Read More>>


 Contact us at:   or  719-321-5354


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