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,  28, 2014  -   ONE MORE DAY TO GO


Great news!  The mechanical trail building by Tony Boone on Iron Mountain is now done.  The trail is connected to the Intemann Trail system and the top of Iron Mountain.  


But our trail in not open because now there is 1000 feet  of unfinished back slope, tread/critical edge hand finishing and trail clean up.  We can do this in one day.  That day is Sunday, August 24, 2014.


OK – Lets just do it.  Come sign-up with all your trail-building friends at


You know the drill. We will meet at Manitou Springs Free Parking [10 Old Man's Trail] at 7:55 AM on Sunday, August 24th  and be done by 1:30 PM.  We do not know where the after work party will be,  but it should be a good one – we deserve it!   




Crew leaders are needed too and can also sign-up at 

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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