2011 Hikes

 

July 17   Hike: Green Creek Trail
              Rating: 3

              Meet at: Behind Village Inn @ 7:00 am
              Directions: Off of Hwy 50 near Poncha Springs
              Hike Leader: Dave Ropiski, 285-8602

July 24   Hike: Lion Canyon
              Rating: 3, 5 miles round trip, 1600 ft. elev gain
              Meet at: Behind Village Inn @ 7:00 am
              Directions: 14 miles south of Canon on Oak Creek Grade
              Hike Leader: Jim Mathis, 276-0696

July 31   Hike: No hike scheduled due to Alpine Tunnel Hike and campout

 

Aug 7     Hike: Oblong Baldy Ridge Route
              Rating: 4 or 5
              Meet at: Behind Village Inn @ 7:00 am
              Directions: 15 miles north of Canon City near Sand Gulch CG
              Hike Leader: Dave Walker, 275-2054

This hike can be done from one of two possible parking spots.  From the lower parking area the hike will entail a round-trip distance of 9.8 miles and 2,100 feet of elevation gain.  However, if enough 4WD vehicles are available, the difficulty of the hike can be reduced to 7.2 miles and 1,500 feet elevation gain by driving to a higher parking spot.  From the higher parking spot the hiking route follows an old road that has been closed to motor vehicles.  The first 1.5 miles is very steep and the road surface consists of an abundance of loose rock that makes for difficult walking, especially on the return descent.  The rewards of enduring the steep and rocky trail include spectacular views of Long Gulch Canyon and and the final ascent to the top of Oblong Baldy.  The Oblong Baldy Ridge Route also provides a good introduction to the large of expanse of BLM backcountry that lies to the south and west of the Shelf Road Climbing Area.      

 

Aug 14   Hike: Trinchera Peak
              Rating: 5
              Meet at: Behind Village Inn @6:00am
              Directions: Spanish Peaks, near LaVeta
              Hike Leader: Marvin Carter, 275-3423

 

Aug 21   Hike: Continental Divide Trail
              Rating: 4
              Meet at: Behind Village Inn @ 7:00 am
              Directions: Hwy 50 to Old Monarch Pass
              Hike Leader: Dave Ropiski, 285-8602

              The Hike will start at Old Monarch Pass (elevation 11,312ft)  

              pass  through Monarch Ski Area for about a 1 mile or two then

              leave the ski area boundary and hike atop of the Continental

              Divide with spectacular 360 degree views of the surrounding 

              mountain ranges, passing by prehistoric hunting grounds, on

              skirting around Bald Mountain to a high point of 12,535ft.

              This hike is almost entirely above treeline, so be prepared

               for afternoon thunderstorms high winds and cool  temps.

 

Aug 28   Hike: CDT -  Marshall Pass - Starvation Creek

              Meet at Villiage Inn 7:30AM

 

Sept 4   No Hike Scheduled

 

Sept 11  Hike: Rainbow Trail from Big Cottonwood Creek Trailhead
              Rating: 3 (8 to 10 miles)
              Meet at: Behind Village Inn @ 7:00 am
              Directions: 5 miles south of Coaldale
              Hike Leader: Willard Gordon, 275-6709

 

Sept 18  Hike: Cooper Mountain from Phantom Canyon
              Rating: 4, 8.5 miles, elev gain 1600 ft.
              Meet at: Behind Village Inn @ 7:00 am
              Directions: From Hwy 50, 17 miles up Phantom Canyon Road
              Hike Leader: Dave Walker, 275-2054

This hike begins from the Phantom Canyon Road and involves a car shuttle between two parking areas, which will avoid having to walk 1.5 miles on the County Road.  From the upper parking area the route follows an abandoned "cat" road to the crest of the high ridge that divides Fourmile Creek and Eightmile Creek drainages.  Upon reaching the ridge crest it intersects a little used horse trail that runs southward and joins the terminus of an old road that continues south towards Cooper Mountain.  From the top of Cooper Mountain the return route descends back down to Phantom Canyon Road via an abandoned and unmaintained roadway, with sections that are partially obstructed by windfall.  Be prepared to crawl over and under some of these trees.  Both routes provide the shortest ways of reaching Cooper Mountain, which offers spectacular 360 degree vistas of the surrounding landscape.      

 

Sept 25  Hike: Commanche Lake Trail
              Rating: 4
              Meet at: Behind Village Inn @ 6:00 am
              Directions: Westcliff to Alvarado Campground
              Hike Leader: Jim Mathis, 276-0696

 

Oct 2      TBA

 

Oct 9      Hike: Pueblo Mountain Park
              Rating: 2
              Meet at: Behind Village Inn @ 8:00 am
              Directions: 2 miles west of Beulah
              Hike Leader: Marvin Carter, 275-3423

 

Oct 16    Hike: Section 16 or Red Rocks Canyon Open Space
              Rating: 3 or 2 respectively
              Meet at: Behind Village Inn @ 8:00 am
              Directions: Colorado Springs to Hwy 24 and 26th street
              Hike Leader: Hon Chu, 719-242-1999

Section 16 is a 5.5 mile loop that begins at an elevation of 6650 ft. and reaches a peak of 7900 ft. in 2.3 miles.

 

Oct 23    Hike: Sand Gulch Campground to The Banks Campground loop.
              Rating:2
              Meet at: Behind Village Inn @ 8:00 am
              Directions: Sand Gulch, south of Canon City on Red Canyon Rd.
              Hike Leader: Dave Ropiski, 285-8602

 

Oct 30    Hike: Race Path Gulch
              Rating: 3.5; 6 miles; 800 feet elevation gain
              Meet at: Behind Village Inn @ 8:00 am
              Directions: 33 miles west via Hwy 50
              Hike Leader: Dave Walker, 275-2054

This hike involves a car shuttle between two parking areas.  One parking area is located next to Hwy 50, about a mile west of Texas Creek.  The second parking area is located about 4 miles west of here and along Fremont County Road 37 (West McCoy Gulch Road).  The hike follows old quarry roads that are closed to motorized travel.  The route initially climbs 500 feet in the first mile to a beautiful granite quarry that affords spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristo Range and surrounding landscape.  After this side-trip, the route descends into Race Path Gulch.  This unusual feature consists of a narrow, nearly level mile-long meadow that was used by Indians and early settlers for holding horse racing contests.  The next half-mile of the route is trail-less and ascends 300 feet to the crest of the ridge that runs along the northwest side of Race Path Gulch.  From the ridge the route descends along an abandoned quarry road to the cars at the first parking area.  This hike offers an abundance of beautiful scenery through remote backcountry that is visited by few.

 

 Nov 6    Hike: Dike Trail
              Rating: 3
              Meet at: Behind Village Inn @ 8:00 am
              Directions: Westcliffe to Gardner to LaVeta to Cuchara
              Hike Leader: Dale Bokowski, 276-0974


Nov 13   Hike: Red Canyon Park to South Cedar Gulch
              Rating: 3, 4 miles with 800 feet elevation gain
              Meet at: Behind Village Inn @ 9:00 am
              Directions: 13 miles north at Red Canyon Park
              Hike Leader: Dave Walker, 275-2054

About half of the hiking route runs through a narrow canyon without a developed trail, which requires scrambling over rocks and through brush.  The other half follows old abandoned roadways.  This little known route leads from Red Canyon Park and ties into a large network of closed roads that extend northward into adjoining areas of BLM lands, including South Cedar Gulch, Cedar Gulch, Long Gulch, Espinosa Gulch, and Trail Gulch.

 

Nov 20   Hike: Temple Canyon to the Temple
              Rating: 2
              Meet at: Behind Village Inn @ 9:00 am
              Directions: Temple Canyon road to Temple Canyon Park
              Hike Leader: Dale Bokowski, 276-0974

 

Nov 27  Hike: No hike scheduled due to Thanksgiving

Dec 4     Hike: Oil Well Flats Loop
              Rating: 2
              Meet at: Behind Village Inn @ 9:00 am
              Directions:Oil Well Flats, south of Canon on Red Canyon Road
              Hike Leader: Dave Ropiski, 285-8602

 

Dec 11   Hike: Red Ridge
              Rating: 4, 8.5 miles and 900 feet elevation gain
              Meet at: Behind Village Inn @ 9:00 am
              Directions: 15 miles north at The Bank Campground
              Hike Leader: Dave Walker, 275-2054

This hike follows developed roads and trails for most of the distance.  Approximately 1 mile, however, is off trail and requires some scrambling to the top of Red Ridge, which consists of two prominent pinnacles that offer incredible views of the Fourmile Creek and surrounding landscape. 

 

Dec 18   Hike: Ophir Creek Snowshoe Hike
              Rating: 3
              Meet at: Behind Village Inn @ 9:00 am
              Directions: Ophir Creek Campground Area
              Hike Leader: Marvin Carter, 275-3423

 

Dec 25   Hike: No hike scheduled due to holiday

 

January 2013 Hikes

 

January 9  Meeting Day

Ponds off Hwy 115, northwest of Florence. 1 – 11/2 miles Leader – Chuck Gallagher