Hikers meet on Wednesdays, at 9:00 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.
STARTING IN NOV. THE WALKERS WILL BE MEETING AT 9 A.M.
November 20 Sand Gulch/Bank Campground Loop
Hike leader/Driving Distance/Directions: Dave Flanders 651-1961
Drive approximately 12 miles North of Cañon City lot that leads to the Bank Campground near the Shelf Road.
Hiking Distance, Elevation Gain, Difficulty Rating: Approximately 3 mile lot with 500 feet elevation gain.
Hike Description: This hike follows a foot trail beginning near Sand Gulch Campground that goes up Sand Gulch (AKA Espinosa Gulch) to the Bank Campground. From the Bank CG we will walk off trail along the edge of the cliffs overlooking the Shelf Road back to our vehicles. It is a very interesting trail up Sand Gulch and beautiful scenery to be seen all along the way. We have done this hike once before and it was enjoyed by all. Bring Yak Tracks in case we encounter snow and ice.
November 27 Mine Ruins on Oak Creek Grade
Hike leader/Driving Distance/Directions: Charles Rann 276-9008
Approximately 9 miles (15 minutes) West on Hwy 50 for 1.5 miles to 4th Street; then south 1 mile on 4th Street to CR 143 (Oak Creek Grade); then South on CR 143 for 6.2 miles to trailhead on right.
Hiking Distance, Elevation Gain, Difficulty Rating: 1.5 to 2 miles round-trip (1.5 hrs.); elevation difference, 410 ft. (Av. Slope 12.9%) Rated 2.61 (easy) - (Comparable Hike – Ash Street from Chandler Road to Mind Ruins and back).
Hike Description: This hike begins from a point on CR143 at the first sharp switchback located neat the base of the Oak Creek Grade. The route follows an old road system that was once used to access a mine or mines located here. The entire hiking route is located on lands administered by the San Isabel National Forest. This short hike provides an opportunity to explore the workings of past mining activities, including the remains of an old ore chute. Brig YakTraks in case of snow and ice.
December 4: Spring Creek Trail in Brookside
Leader: Roger Bernard – Meet at the Village Inn at 9 A.M.
Rating: Easy with some uphill climb.
Directions: Take South 9th St., which turns into CO-115. Continue toward Florence for approx. 4 miles. Turn right on Brookside Ave. for 0.3 miles. Turn right on Pinion Ave. Go 2 blocks and turn left on Spring St. The park is on the right. You will see the toilets, a shelter and a parking area.
Distance/time to trailhead: 15 minutes
Description: Newly built scenic trial of the area, approx. 2-3 miles
December 11 Lakeside Cemetery
Leader Arlo Dupont – This will be our CWH Annual Christmas Party at the home of Arlo and Jean Dupont! We will meet at the Dupont’s at 9:30 A.M. to drop off our potluck dishes and white elephant gifts, then begin our hike at a trailhead across the street from their home and take the scenic route to the Lakeside Cemetery area, returning to the Dupont’s around 11:30.
For the Party: Bring a dish to share and a white elephant gift to exchange. One gift per person, which is gently used, and you no longer want….but still nice enough that someone else would want. The club will furnish beverages, plates, cups etc.
December 18 Hogback/Skyline Drive
Leader: Roger Bernard – Meet at the Village Inn at 9:00 A.m. or drive directly to the Bernard’s home.
Before the Hike – You are invited to stop in at the Bernard’s for a hot drink & morning snack!
Rating: Easy with some uphill climb.
Description: 3-4 mile round trip through the hogbacks and up the backside of Skyline Drive and on up to the top to see the Dinosaur tracks and vista views of Cañon city. We can continue along the top of Skyline Drive for an easy walk, then reverse and return back down the backside for a whole new view of the town and the hogbacks.
December 25: Merry Christmas – No Hike Today
December 26 (Thursday) Pathfinder Park or Tunnel Drive or The Riverwalk or?!
Leader: Anyone who want to lead the hike….gets to pick your hike –
Meet at the Village Inn at 9 A.M.
Rating: All easy
Description: Perfect hikes for a relaxing walk after the good food, good times and Christmas Day Celebrations.