If this is your first event with the group for 2013, please bring your $5 dues with you. They will be collected before the event begins.
To get there
From U.S. Highway 24, take 26th Street south, drive 1.4 miles past the cemetery, up two switchbacks to a stop sign at Gold Camp Road. Turn right (west) onto Gold Camp and drive 0.6 mile to the trailhead.
A little history: The Intemann Trail between the Section 16 Trail and Crystal Park Road was built between 1987 and 1990. The 1987 project was our first, and let's just say our enthusiasm was probably a little ahead of our construction know-how at that point. As a result, we have rerouted several of the '87 sections since then, usually because the original trail was too steep, had bad drainage, was in a pointless line, or all of the above. One of these reroutes, done in 1995, had the added advantage of taking the trail along an intermittent creek. This led to the construction of the Waterfall Spur in[masked], after we found that the intermittent creek was downstream from an intermittent waterfall.
Waterfall Spur is in a forested area near two of our largest rerouted sections. It is about .2 miles to the intermittent falls.
Follow the trail through the trees to the bridge built by Eagle Scout Andrew Vaughan, colleagues and parents from Boy Scout Troop 127 in August 2000. The bridge crosses the intermittent stream from the falls. [Side note: On the day Andrew and company installed the bridge, a couple of the Boy Scout dads had thought they could run the pre-cut bridge pieces in along the trail using dollies. Suffice it to say the dollies were left behind, and the pieces were lugged in the old-fashioned ITC way.] Continue up a set of switchbacks and up and over a hill and into a small canyon.
As the trail goes around the sides of the canyon, notice the puzzle- like rockwork near the drainage. This was the handiwork of Frank Brunk at the inaugural trail workday in 1987. Where the trail crosses solid rock face, thank some ITC volunteers and a group of Colorado College students, who took turns using a rock bar to chip the trail wider there in 1999.
Continue up the slope out of the canyon and into a high meadow. Drainage channeling forced the trail here to be relocated several feet to the east of the original path, but the current timber terracing has allowed the water to flow down the trail without severe rutting.
About halfway down the meadow, you'll come across the Red Rock Canyon link trail, built in 2005 during a pair of joint workdays with the ITC and the City of Colorado Springs.
A short downhill takes you to a nice vista on some flat, sandstone rocks, shaded by junipers and pines. This spot, for obvious reasons, has come to be known as Picnic Rock.
The trail skirts around to the south of it and curves down back into the trees. This area is sometimes called the Rollercoaster, for its numerous little ups, downs and curves.
Coming up a sidehill section out of the Rollercoaster, you'll find yourself in an open area of medium-high scrub oak. As you do so, you'll arrive at a signed intersection with a social trail going down to the Crystal Hills neighborhood.
*we'll turn around here
Total miles: almost about 2.5
difficulty: easy to moderate (we may take a side trail into Red Rocks on the way back, depending on how we feel)
Read more at http://intemann-trail.com/Sec16ToCrystal.html