COLORADO SPRINGS — Climbing Pikes Peak is sublime. It is the jewel of our region.

Then you get to the summit. And it's ... crappy.

Literally. A persistent sewer leak in the 1970s melted the permafrost, causing the summit house to slowly sink into the ground. It's now held up by jacks. The summit's observation deck - a popular spot for weddings - is also the roof of the septic system, and as one city report, noted, putting it mildly, "can often have an obnoxious odor."

In coming years, Colorado Springs will have money to put toward rehabbing the summit. Additional money could come from the Army, Utilities and the state tourist funds. And, officials say, all the involved parties are beginning to plan.

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