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Years After Hickenlooper Initiative Unexpected Solution Identified for Ring the Peak Trail

A lot of time, effort and money has been spent completing the Ring the Peak Trail around America’s Mountain, among Colorado’s outdoor priorities designated by then-Gov. John Hickenlooper in his “16 in ‘16” initiative.

The result? “Unexpected,” Chris Lieber said.

The nonprofit Trails and Open Space Coalition chose Lieber two years ago to lead a planning process with a $100,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado. With TOSC, Lieber and his team at local land planning consultant N.E.S. Inc. were to plot a route on Pikes Peak’s southwest side — as the crow flies, a 7-mile swath where the gap remains in Ring the Peak’s 63-mile horseshoe.

By Seth Boster

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