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Bill to clear up Incline legal status heads to House

By KRDO.com Staff
Published On: Jul 30 2012 12:23:42 PM CDT

It is still illegal for hikers to climb the Manitou Incline, but hundreds of thousands use it every year. How close are we to legalizing it?

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Congressman Doug Lamborn's (CO-05) bill helping to clarify the legal status of the popular Manitou Incline hiking trail is scheduled for a vote on the House Floor on Tuesday.

The House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 4073 with unanimous approval on June 7. The bill is supported by the Colorado Springs City Council, the Manitou Springs City Council and Mayor, the Colorado Springs Mayor, and the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway Company.

"This bill will remove a centuries-old legal cloud that has been hanging over a portion of the popular hiking trail. Hikers will be able to use it confidently knowing that the trail's safety and beauty will be protected. It will ensure that the Forest Service can professionally manage and maintain the trail. The Manitou Incline is one of the most spectacular hiking trails in the country and loved by locals and tourists alike. It is a treasure unique to Pikes Peak and we want to ensure it is kept up for generations to come." -- Doug Lamborn (CO-05)

H.R. 4073, is technical and narrow in scope. It specifically addresses a right-of-way issue with the railway company. It allows for the U.S. Forest Service to accept the railway's relinquishment of their right-of-way. This is necessary based on an 1875 federal law.

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