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There are no on-site activities during the day on Friday and Sunday. Event attendees are expected to select an off-site activity.
Easy Hike: Explore the Intemann Trail, 11 Mineral Springs, Galleries, Arcades and More in Manitou Springs.
Our hike starts at the famed Navaho Mineral Springs above town, where we’ll sample the iron rich waters of this healing spring. We’ll traverse just over a mile of the Intemann Memorial Trail, then head back into town to explore and sample the 10 additional Mineral Springs – each with its own specific taste and mineral content. We’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch at Naturally’s Café, a delicious and healthy eatery with a full vegan and vegetarian menu, but also serves items such as bison burgers. After lunch, we’ll spend the afternoon exploring the quaint town’s shops and galleries. There are also old-time arcades where the machines cost as much as they used to back in the day. So Skee-Ball for 25 cents, and some machines cost only a nickel or a penny! Note that at the lower end of town, there is an Arts/Crafts festival in Memorial Park, with 110 vendors if you choose to check it out. Also, the Miramont Castle is nearby (see full listing under Friday), if you wish to check that out.
Ride the Cog Railway up Pike’s Peak to 14,000 feet and Explore Manitou Springs
. Pike’s Peak is named for Zebulon Pike, an early explorer of the Southwest. It stands at 14,115 feet and is the 14th highest mountain in CO. We’ll ride the cog railway up and back, passing through three distinct zones: along a cascading steam in Ruxton Canyon, through bristlecone pine and high mountain shrubbery, and finally above the timberline. NOTE: the trip takes 3 hours and 10 minutes and goes to altitude. You will be allowed 30-40 minutes at the top before descending as this is typically the amount of time it takes to begin feeling the effects of altitude sickness (slight nausea, headache). In addition, if you are pregnant or have cardiac or respiratory problems, it is advised that you not make the ascent without first consulting your physician. Dress in layers and note that temperatures up top are generally 30 degrees or more cooler than at the base.
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Ride the Cog Railway up Pike’s Peak to 14,000 feet and BIKE DOWN!!!
This adventure of taking the cog railway to the summit of Pikes Peak on the south site of the mountain, and riding bikes down the north side on the Pikes Peak Highway is truly a trip of a life time. Participants meet at the outfitter’s office at 7:00 a.m. SHARP (we're actually leaving camp at 6:00 a.m.) for registration and breakfast. They will drive you to the cog railway (first train up!) and get you on the train headed for the summit. The outfitter will drive to the summit and meet you as you come off the train. Dress in layers and note that temperatures up top are generally 30 degrees or more cooler than at the base. Then, we'll head down the mountain on our mountain bikes, taking time for photos and learning about the history and flora and fauna of the five different life zones we will be biking down. We will get off the bikes at the Wines of Colorado and have lunch. We should have you back at the office around 2:00.
Cost includes: All transportation, cog railway ticket, bagel breakfast and lunch, mountain bikes, helmets, souvenir water bottles, experienced mountain bike guides, van support, all weather gear, snacks, and permit and toll fees (NOTE: The meals on this trip are not kosher. Please advise by email if you will need kosher meals provided by the camp). Cost: $145.00
***This event is sold out and you can no longer register for it.***
Easy Hike Exploring the Trails around Catamount Reservoir and visit Manitou Springs.
Hike 3.5 easy miles on the trails of the North Slope Recreation area high in the mountains, with beautiful alpine views of Pike's Peak along the shoreline of North and South Catamount Reservoirs, in a rolling forest of aspen, fir and pine. As this is the water supply for the city of Colorado Springs, no swimming is allowed. Hike is at 9400' elevation (not gain!), so if you have troubles with altitude, this hike may not be for you. Nice photo opportunities.
Moderate Hike on the Trails around Catamount Reservoir.
Hike 7.5 miles on the trails of the North Slope Recreation area high in the mountains, with beautiful alpine views of Pike's Peak along the shoreline of North and South Catamount Reservoirs, in a rolling forest of aspen, fir and pine. As this is the water supply for the city of Colorado Springs, no swimming is allowed. Hike is at 9400' elevation (not gain!), so if you have troubles with altitude, this hike may not be for you. Nice photo opportunities.
***This event is sold out and you can no longer register for it.***
Strenuous Hike Williams Canyon.
. 6-mile Moderate to Strenuous out and back hike through picturesque canyon walls with continuous elevation gain of 1000' with the most challenging part at the end. The hike passes several streams, waterfalls and caves (70% shaded) (NOTE: Waterfalls may not be running in August). Included.
** This hike was affected by the fire and will not be offered.**
Strenuous Hike on the Barr Trail/Manitou Incline on Pike’s Peak.
NOTE: As of this writing the Manitou Incline is not a legal trail. If legislation passes over the summer to make the trail legal, we will be doing the Manitou Incline up and Barr Trail down. If the legislation does not pass, this hike will be on the Barr Trail both up and down the mountain. Information on both is provided here so you know what you are getting into if you choose this option.
Manitou Incline (only if hike is legal by September). Looking for that amazing workout that will really get your heart pumping? Look no further than the Manitou Incline in Manitou Springs! The Manitou Incline is a 0.9 mile grade that once served people riding an incline car up Mt. Manitou to enjoy the beautiful view of the plains and city of Colorado Springs. In the early 1990s, the incline operation closed but the path and ties remain, and over time it became a popular spot for hikers, Olympic trainers or anyone serious about getting into shape. EXTREMELY CHALLENGING - should be attempted by people in good shape only. Starts at 6700' ends at 8700', and climbs 2000’ in the first mile of stairs (old railroad ties), followed by a 4-mile steady descent back to the starting point. (Hikers must pace themselves, but there is a bail out trail available about 1100' up, if needed).
Barr Trail: (This option will be run if the Incline trail legislation has not yet passed). Barr Trail offers a spectacular route up the Peak. It is also the course for the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon races each summer, which attract thousands of runners from all over the world. For our hike, we will hike the Barr Trail to the top of the Manitou Incline, then hike back down; this hike also gains 2000’, but over 4 miles rather than one mile so the total distance traveled will be 8 miles. There is a bus pickup at the cog railway at the base of the mountain at 2 p.m. for a ride down into town, or the group can hike the extra mile down into town to pick up the bus at 3:30 p.m. PLEASE plan to be on that bus; otherwise you will be affecting all the other people returning to camp.
**This hike is sold out and you can no longer register for it***
Visit the US Air Force Academy and 4-mile Easy Hike on the Falcon Trail.
Self-Guided Tour of the world renowned Air Force Academy; includes multiple Visitor centers and four miles of hiking through the gorgeous campus on paved trails. Highlights include the B-52 bomber, the beautiful AF chapel, including a Jewish section with Torah. Note: Backpacks or large bags are not allowed in the Visitor Center, the paved nature trail, or the Cadet Chapel.
Lantern Tour of the Cave of the Winds.
Ready for a rugged cave journey? Join us to relive the thrilling experience of early explorers! On the Lantern Tour, you’ll travel deep into the Manitou Grand Caverns, exploring passageways and formations lit only by the hand-held lanterns you carry! You’ll learn about the eerie history and folklore of Cave of the Winds as you travel through the dimly-lit Grand Concert Hall and Spider’s Den caverns. A Lantern Tour is the perfect way to step back in time – and step into adventure! This is a 1.5 hour trek, ideal for more adventurous visitors. Stopping and shuffling is required, and wearing athletic shoes is highly recommended. Due to the physical requirements of the tour, the Lantern Tour is not recommended for pregnant women or persons who have heart or respiratory problems. The group will head into Manitou Springs after the cave tour to have lunch, explore the shops and galleries, the arcade, the art festival, or whatever the group decides.
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