The Chamberlain Trail will someday connect Cheyenne Mountain State Park to the Blodget Peak area. The Chamberlain Trail has been anticipated for a century, and a major piece has been recently added but it has a long way to go. Obtaining rights-of-way for this trail along the western edge of Colorado Springs is a big part of the delay.
While hiking the existing and proposed alignment, I came to appreciate the six abandoned gates spotted along the way. These illustrate private land blocked off decades ago, but now abandoned. Each must have a story to tell.
Hiking time is thinking time. Always on the lookout for pieces of history along the trail, it hit me that these six gates illustrate the ongoing accomplishments of opening up new trails in the area.
(The following gates are not on the proposed Chamberlain Trail, but the still illustrate the idea of the story.)
There will be many more to be discovered, but the six gates seen in these photos highlight land that was once off limits to the public and are now passed by in exploration of the land they once guarded.