Land dispute closes another popular hiking trail in Colorado

Another popular Colorado hiking trail was closed to the public on Wednesday due to a private property dispute.

Catamount Trail, a hiking trail west of Colorado Springs, will be closed until further notice, according to the Green Mountain Falls Facebook post. Officials said the closure came after a resident discovered the trail crossed private property. Closure signs will be placed at the trailhead at Green Mountain Falls.

In previous weeks, the popular hike to Pancake Rocks in Teller County was closed over a land dispute between the owner and forest service officials.

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Horsethief Park Trail has closed because the private landowner has closed access to the portion of his property that straddles the trail, US Forest Service officials said. Forest Service spokeswoman Crystal Young said a 2020 land survey found 76 feet of the trail crossed the property of landowners.

It was recently discovered that part of the Catamount Trail crossed private property after a resident made a formal investigation of their property.

“The owner doesn’t want people hiking on his private property,” according to city administrators.

Catamount Trail is a popular hike that leads to the northern foothills of Pikes Peak and the South Catamount Reservoir. It has a waterfall and panoramic views of the mountains and Colorado Springs in the distance.

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