‘Fast & Furious 7’ coming to Pikes Peak today

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Pikes Peak will become Hollywood’s mountain this month.

That’s because Universal Pictures will be on Pikes Peak shooting for “Fast & Furious 7” on location. The studio has requested the accommodation of a revised schedule because of several complex shoots that involve a longer setup time than initially thought.

The film series has earned more than $2.3 billion and has become Universal Studios’ biggest franchise of all time. “Fast & Furious 7” is scheduled for release in theaters on July 6, 2014.

Among the actors who could be on the mountain shooting scenes are Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and Dwayne Johnson.

Walker was the grand marshal of this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which took place in June.

In order to provide the best chance of success for this film, a change in the closure schedule has been granted by the city of Colorado Springs, which operates Pikes Peak Highway. This change will affect all visitors who wish to drive the Pikes Peak Highway or access the North Slope Recreation Area during some day from not through Sept. 10.

The Highway will be closed today and Thursday from Glen Cove to the summit. Visitors will not be allowed to go above Glen Cove nor access the summit via the Pikes Peak Highway.

The North Slope area will be open as usual.

On Sept. 6 and 10, the highway, including the North Slope Recreation Area, will be closed to all visitors.

These areas will be open to visitors and the summit on the other dates, weather permitting, but there will be filming activities during operating hours so visitors should anticipate intermittent traffic delays on the highway.

Hikers can access the summit via Barr Trail and Crags Trail without interruption. However, hikers should be prepared to hike off of the mountain as the highway will be closed and there will be no transportation from the summit via the Pikes Peak Highway.

The Pikes Peak Cog Railway will operate during its normal scheduled hours during these closures. Visit their website at www.cograilway.comfor more information.

Because of the inconvenience, the city will offer a 50-percent discount today and Thursday to all visitors on the Pikes Peak Highway.

No other discounts will apply and the discount is not applicable to the North Slope Recreation Area.