Hikers meet on Wednesdays, at 8:00 am, North of the Village Inn parking.

The monthly Meeting of the Canonland Walkers and Hikers is held on 2nd Wednesday at Cañon Coffee Cafe 10:30 A.M.

Meeting starting at 11 A.M. 




July Hikes



7/23/14      Newlin Creek- Leaders: Jerry Beatty, Arlo Dupont.




                   Meet at the Village Inn, 8:00 AM.


          South from Florence on Colorado Hwy 67-approx. 4.5 miles, west on County Road 15-approx. 5.5 miles to Florence Mountain Park.  Trailhead is on the west side of park.


          Don't forget water and a snack or better.  If there are other questions call me at 269-8123.




7/30/14      Music Pass - Leaders: Jerry Beatty, Jim Mathis.


                   Moderate to difficult depending on hike choice.


                   Meet at the Village Inn, 7:30 AM.  Because of the distance to the trailhead and possibility of afternoon thundershowers we                         will leave 30 minutes earlier.


          Driving time to the trailhead is about 1 hour, 30 minutes.  Proceed to Westcliff via Florence and Wetmore.


          Drive a little less than 6 miles South of Westcliffe on Highway 69 turn right onto County Road 119 and continue due South for miles on the paved road for 5-6 miles. At the junction, turn left on the gravel road and continue following County Road 119 South for about five miles. Shortly after entering the National Forest is the southern trailhead for the Rainbow Trail and the beginning of the 1 1/2 mile four-wheel drive portion of  the road. The trailhead is at the end of the road.


                   It is a three mile round trip to pass from trailhead.  Hardy hikers may wish to continue on to Sand Creek Lakes, making the hike 6 to 8 miles round trip.  Beautiful views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the Wet Mountains Valley.


          Don't forget water and a snack or better.  A rain coat could       be useful.  If there are other questions call me at 269-8123.



August Hikes

Meet at Village Inn  8 A.M.

08/06/14          Alpine Tunnel

Hike Leader:  Dale Bokowski

Directions:          From Cañon City drive directly west on US 50 to Salida to Poncha Springs. Turn north from US 50 at Poncha spring onto CSH 285 north to Nathrop, CO.  Turn west on CR 162 and travel west to St. Elmo.  Turn left at St. Elmo on CR 295 and continue several miles to the trailhead.

Hiking Distance, Elevation Gain, Difficulty Rating:          The hike is about 5 miles RT and follows an old railroad grade (2% slope).  The elevation gain is less than 300 ft.  At the tunnel entrance, now closed by blasting, the trail proceeds steeply about ½ mile to the Continental Divide for a grand view to the west and the tunnel portal. 

Calculated Difficulty:  3.8  This hike is rated easy to moderate.  High clearance 4WD vehicles are recommended from St. Elmo to the trailhead.  After the hike we may return to St. Elmo for ice cream.

ALSO: DON’T FORGET: rain gear and bug spray


08/13/14          Reynolds Ave. Quarterly Cleanup

Meet at the Riverwalk parking lot across from the Recreation District.


08/20/14  Deer Have Ranch –Thompson Mountain

Hike Leader:  To be named later

Directions: (Directions)  West on US50 to Hwy 9, then northwest 8.5 miles to CR11 (High Park Road), then north on CR11 for 5.2 miles to CR 69 (entrance to Deer Haven Ranch), then south on CR69 for 0.8 miles to BLM road 5828, then west 0.8 miles to trailhead at gate.

Hiking Distance, Elevation Gain, Difficulty Rating:          5.8 miles roundtrip, elevation at trailhead, 8205 ft, elevation at summit of Thompson Mtn. 8720 ft.

Calculated Difficulty Rating – 3.9

This loop hike is located within the western portion of Deer Haven Ranch, which is no longer a ranch but consists of BLM Public Lands and State Trust Lands that are managed for wildlife and non-motorized recreation uses. 



08/27/14          Booger Red Trail

Hike Leader:  Charles Rann

Directions: (Directions)  West on US50 to CSH 9.  Then north on CSH 9 to County Road 11. Proceed east on County Road 11 (High Park Road) to Forest Designated Road 5808 on south side of CR11.  A four-wheel drive vehicle is best for accessing the trail for Booger Red.  A very nice hike of easy to moderate difficulty.  No significant elevation change.


Calculated Difficulty: 3.2