Welcome to Cañonland Walkers and Hikers
In furtherance of our dedication to the health and well-being of our members, the activities of Canñonland Walkers and Hikers are being conducted in compliance with Colorado Public Health Orders and our own safety precaution rules. We encourage all to pursue phsyical, mental and spiritual well-being by actively engaging with nature in a safe and responsible manner. If you are not comfortable with our rules of safety during this challenging time, we look forward to you (re) joining us some time in the future. Check here for future announcements.
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.
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.
January 2021 Hikes:
January 6 Cotopaxi’s mysterious “area 51” new hike
From C.C. west on Hwy 50 33M to Cotopaxi. Turn north on County 12 for 1.5 M to BLM trail 6051 (very obscure trail sign on entrance). Drive 0.6M to wide parking area at beginning of BLM 6015B which starts to 900the right (southeast). Trail is not marked. Hike 1.6M ( past insct of 6015C) to beginning of BLM6015D (marked) on right side, then 0.6M to Lone Pine river overlook.
Distance: 4.4 M round Beginning elevation: 6890 ft. Elev gain: 490 ft.
Difficulty: Moderate. This is a atv trail with two steep hills. Each hill about 1/4M and 13-16% grade, uphill going in. One at each end. Otherwise a 3% slope downhill going in. Not rocky.
January 13 Voodoo trail- Lake Pueblo State Park
Drive 6.1M east on Hwy 50 to Hwy 67. Go south on Hwy 67for 3.5M to Florence. Continue south on 67 for 11.1M to Wetmore. From Wetmore go east for 18.9 M to parking at Voodoo trail, along Hwy 96. Voodo trail is a 8.7 M loop for the most adventurist. We will do a 5-6 M in and out round trip. (or less )
Elevation: 4900 ft Elev change: 160 ft
January 20 Shaw’s Arch. This is mostly walking a jeep road from Cty Rd 69 to the arch. Take U.S. 50 for 5.1 miles west to County Rd 69. Go north on 69 for
7.1 miles to a Y where 69 turns left and BLM 5803 (the road thru Red Canyon Park) begins. Take 5803 ½ mile just beyond a steel gate to parking space. Begin walking then about
¾ M to BLM trail 5830B on the right side. Follow 5830B for 1 ¼ M to the arch.
Distance: 4 M round Elev: 6650 Elev change: 290 ft
January 27 Rock Canyon& Stonehenge trails- Lake Pueblo State Park
Drive 6.1M east on Hwy 50 to Hwy 67. Go south on Hwy 67for 3.5M to Florence. Continue south on 67 for 11.1M to Wetmore. Go east on Hwy 96 for 21.2 M to the Red Gate trailhead parking area. We will hike a series of trails in the park called Rock Canyon, Stonehenge, Sidewinder and Broken Hip.
Distance: 4.5-5.5 M Elev: 4900ft Elev change: 180ft
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.
Coronavirus Safetly Precautions
Like the rest of America, we share a serious concern about coronavirus. We will take necessary and appropriate steps, and as long as safe and feasible, our club activities will continue. We recognize that sunshine, fresh air, exercise, and fellowship are good medicine. We are determined as members of Cañonland Walkers and Hikers to continue to walk and hike together in a safe and responsible manner.
That said, each member needs to make his and her own assessments concerning their own level of participation.
Until further notice, these are additional safety guidelines for the club:
1. Maintain safe intervals at the trail heads, on the trails, and at rest stops and chow-stop places. Think in terms of 10 foot intervals - two bike lengths, half a car length. No one ever gets within 6 feet of another.
2. Mask up and/or maintain safe spacing when meeting at the Village Inn parking lot or other meeting area. Initial assembling is only for organizing of car caravanning.
3. Hike Leaders complete the Sign-In sheet – no passing of the clipboard and pencil. This can also be done at the trailhead during announcements.
4. No group pictures, no hugging, no sharing water, and no donuts [dammit].
5. While it remains the policy of the club to strongly encourage car-caravanning, those who find they must car-pool are advised to adhere to the following, in accordance with new state Public Health Orders:
a. No more than two household units represented in a vehicle.
b. The wearing of face masks for all occupants including the driver.
c. All windows open no less than 3 inches for the duration of the trip.
d. Each driver is responsible for compliance in their vehicle. .
6. Masks – cloth, non-medical masks – bring your mask in the event the need arises. As long as safe distancing is maintained, use of the mask is optional, as there appears to be limited or no benefit outdoors on the trail where proper distancing is maintained.
7. Self-policing – We count on each other to make responsible decisions. Take care of your clothing, pay attention to distancing, and help others to do so as well. If you are not feeling well - if you are noticing any symptoms, please don’t participate that day.
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.
Until further notice, in-person club meetings are suspended. Notices and Updates will be circulated by email and snail-mail. There will be occasional hike meetings online. If you are interested in participating, let Tracy Mitchell know.
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for all of the hikes and hike photos and more: