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Welcome to Cañonland Walkers and Hikers
We are a Cañon City-based hiking and walking club. We hike every Wednesday and walk every Tuesday morning – year around. Members, non-members, guests and visitors are all welcome to walk and hike with us. We intend to promote fitness, health, and mental well-being, as well as sociability, enduring friendships and enjoyment of the wonderful outdoor experience available in Fremont County and surrounding areas.
On the first Tuesday of each month we walk the Tunnel Drive trail on the west side of Cañon City, just off of Highway #50. After the initial uphill walk (about 245 steps) the path is well-groomed and relatively level for two miles. The round trip is a four mile walk, although some members choose to walk two miles or one mile, depending on fitness level and other factors. Join us by meeting at the Tunnel Drive parking lot on the first Tuesday of each month.
Four times a year, in lieu of the walk, we clean up the roadway which our club has
'adopted'. The second Tuesday of February, May, August and November we meet at the parking lot of the Cañon City Area Recreaton and Park Distsrict Office - 575 Ash Street in Cañon City. We have a two mile stretch of Ash Street / Raynolds for which we are responsible.
On the other Tuesday mornings, we walk the Arkansas Riverwalk. It is also well-groomed and relatively level. And again, some folks walk a full four miles and some walk a lesser distance. Additionally, walkers move at different paces and you’ll likely find others who walk at a comfortable pace for you. Join us for these walks by meeting at the Sells Trailhead of the Arkansas Riverwalk. Turn east off of 9th Street South onto Sells Avenue and follow Sells Avenue several blocks until it dead-ends in the parking lot by the trail head. We start walking at 8:00 am, so don’t be late! But if you are, one of the vehicles likely will have an arrow pointing which direction the walk is going (east or west).
Join us for hikes every Wednesday. Guests and visitors are welcome to hike with us. We assemble in the parking lot of Village Inn in Cañon City. We car-caravan to the trailhead and then return after the hike. Most hikes are within an hour drive. Unlike the walks, hikes can involve uneven and sometimes difficult terrain. Hike lengths range from 3-8 miles and up and down elevation gains from 300 to 1,200 feet. As with the walks, hikers have different paces, and we tend to take rest breaks as convenient. Upcoming hikes are listed on this site – Wednesday Hike Schedule – and also on our Facebook Page. Both will give you more information about each hike.
What to bring – bring plenty of water to drink during the hike. Most hikers us a hiking staff, walking stick, or trekking poles, as the footing can at times be awkward or difficult. Wear comfortable hiking boots or shoes with good grip soles. Bring a hat of some kind for protection from sun/heat and clothes covering arms/legs as appropriate. If water shoes might be needed for creek crossings, the hike information should say so. UV sun screen and insect repellent are also a good idea. And, bring a snack/lunch as we most often stop midway for a food and rest break.
Start Times for Hikes and Walks
October through April -- For both walks and hikes we assemble by 9:00 am at the designated meeting place.
May throught September -- For both walks and hikes we assemble by 8:00 am at the designated meeting place.
Meetings are held at 11:00 AM on the second Tuesday of each month at Two Sisters Place in Florence, Colorado. Please feel free to come as early to order breakfast/lunch or to just chat. Watch for an announcement about the fall club picnic to be held September 13th, 10:30 at Miner's Pavilion at Pathfinders Park. Notices and Updates will be circulated by email and snail-mail. There will be occasional hike meetings online.
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