TWO SHOES TREK CHALLENGE LANDMARKS
As a fun “add on” to the event, keep your phone handy and look for the following landmarks in the listed parks. Bonus points can be achieved for finding and taking a picture of yourself with the landmarks or of the landmarks in the park that you have chosen. Of note, not ALL the landmarks may be on the course. If something interesting is found, or if you can share facts or historical references, please do so! Have fun, and let’s see some fun selfies and pictures of you enjoying our amazing city and county parks! Please post your photos on the Two Shoes Facebook page and tag with #twoshoestrekchallenge.
Find and take a picture of a “culturally modified tree”. Fox Run Park is full of CMTs and they can be found throughout the park. More information can be found in this short video.
On the trail called Volksmarch/Red Fox, there is a bench by an interesting tree. Get a picture here, as shown.
Here is a nice spot to rest along the perimeter trail. Have a seat and take a selfie.
BEAR CREEK PARK
At the top of the hill just past mile 1.4, take in the view from Mike Shafai’s bench. Mike founded PPRR’s Sunrise Striders running group, was a race director of PPRR’s Winter Series, and named the hill you just ran up, BFNH. Big Fricken Nasty Hill! Scott is enjoying a cup of joe while taking in the views on a cold winter morning!
Creek houses the Charmaine Nymann Community Garden. Grab a shot of the garden.
It is a cornerstone of this community-based park!
Locate the Fountain Creek Nature Center. This is not on either of the routes, but you are guaranteed to enjoy the scenic short trail through the Cattails Marsh. You will find tons of wildlife including fish, great herons, and white tail deer. Grab a shot of this area for credit. It will be well worth your time and kids love it!
At the 5k turn around, a bench and Semper Fi memorial for Richard McShan will be found. Honor him by taking a picture of the turnaround and posting.
Along the 10k route you will come upon a wildlife observation facility. Peek over the edge at the marshes and see if you can spot any wildlife. This is an opportunity for a wonderful view!
PALMER LAKE / NEW SANTE FE TRAIL
Near the north side of the lake you will find a large memorial for William “Bill” Crawford. Mr. Crawford is a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient for his service in World War II. You can find more information of William Crawford here http://www.palmerdividehistory.org/crawford.html
As you follow the path around Palmer Lake take in the amazing views of the lake and the surrounding area.
On the south shore, a disc golf course can be found. Grab a shot of a disc golf cage or one of the interesting signs or benches.
After the lake has been circled and you are heading south along the New Santa Fe Trail, you will pass several informational signs. These signs will tell of the County Sojourn to see the wild flowers, inform of Colorado’s state flower, give a brief history of Ben Lomand Mountain and Elephant Rock, and explain about some of the early logging in the area. Take pictures of the described formations or signs! This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the area and its rich history.
MONUMENT VALLEY PARK
A brief history of Monument Valley Park can be found here
The start line is a Works Progress Administration dedication sign. The WPA did a huge amount of work to make MVP what it is today plus they competed many projects throughout the Pikes Peak region. Keep your eyes out and you will find them! Some history on the WPA can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Works_Progress_Administration
Follow the trail across the Popcycle Bridge – what is the Popcycle Bridge, you say?? BONUS POINT: Find the informational marker to find out why this bridge has such a unique name (hint: it’s just past the bridge on the left) and take a selfie with the bridge in the background!
Take a picture at the Monument Valley Park Geologic Column after you cross the small stone bridge. Palmer's construction engineer, Edmond Cornelius van Dienst, designed a column of rocks representing the geologic history of the Pikes Peak region, which he installed near one of the park's lakes. This used to be a waterfall!
Cottonwood Creek park contains a fantastic disc golf course! Snap a pic of a cage or throwing pad. Better yet grab some discs and throw a round!
The engineering involved to expand the Cottonwood Creek Park trail system over the years has been monumental! Grab a shot of the bridges under Woodmen and Austin Bluffs and see if you notice the swallow nests that have been built.
Cottonwood YMCA has a relaxing place to grab a few recovery moments. Take a tour of Colorado Springs Utilities Xeriscape Demonstration Garden and possibly learn of new ways to be conscientious of your landscaping and water usage.
Petrified wood and petrified stumps can be found in the creek about a ½ mile northeast of Rangewood. Take a short jaunt down to the creek and see if you can find them.
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UTE VALLEY PARK
At mile 2 and at the bottom of the hill near Pinon Park Dr, document yourself helping the sweet girl read a few pages of her book.
Mile 4.5, at the top of the hill, take a quick rest on the bench, soak in the view of Pikes Peak.
Palmer Park is an urban Colorado Springs gem that is found in the middle of the city. Find anything of interest to documents for points. Things to look for are geological formations and views of Pikes Peak and the surrounding area.
Take a selfie with our city’s founder and this park’s namesake.
10 mile only! Look for an image of Kokopelli on your way up the Edna Mae Bennett nature trail. If you don’t see it before Templeton Trail, you’ve missed it.
10 mile only! It has been said people playing guitars are regularly found strumming on top of this formation.