The monthly Meeting of the Canonland Walkers and Hikers is held on 2nd Wednesday at El Alazan Restaurant: 1925 Fremont Dr. Canon City.

                                             

 

September 19                Foose Creek Trail          Leader   Bob Horn

Directions: Go West on Hwy 50 though Salida.  Continue West on Hwy 50 past Ponca Springs.  Turn south on CO Road 225 about 2.5 miles to the trailhead.

Hiking Distance:  This is a moderate hike, starting at Apx 9560 ft., with a possible gain of 278 ft. if we hike the entire first 4 miles of the trail.  The distance of the hike will be determined by the energy of the group.  The hike follows Foose Creek.  The actual trial is over 8 miles in length.  You can continue on another trail to Monarch Pass for an elevation gain of 3,192 ft., traveling over 12 miles.  This section is mountain bike territory.

High clearance vehicles are recommended.

 

September 24             Moonlight Hike                     Leader   Kevin Borre

Meet at the Village Inn at 7 P.M. We will travel to the Eagle Wing Trailhead.

After a pleasant hike we will return to the trailhead, and dine on grilled hotdogs, chips and “soft drinks”, using the picnic shelter that our membership built.

September 26             The Craigs                         Leader   Kevin Borre

You will take Hwy 50 west to CO 9 North.  Turn right on Co Rd 11.  Turn right onto Teller County Road 1 (to Cripple Creek).  Take Hwy 67 North (stop at Visitors Center), and then continue north.  Turn right on Teller County road 62 to the trailhead (past the Mennonite Camp and Raspberry Mountain Trailhead).

The difficulty is moderate.

There is an elevation gain of 724 ft.

The trailhead is now located before the loop campground at the end of the road.  The Aspens on the route to the trailhead should be turning color. There is a great group of pinnacle rock formations at the end of the trail. Depending on the group’s energy, a side trip is available.  On county Road 81 in Victor there is the Vindicator Valley Trail.  This is a 2-mile interruptive loop through numerous old actual gold mines.  We will return to Cañon City via Phantom Canyon Road.

 

October 2018 Hikes

Remember – Hikes are now starting at 9 A.M. in Oct.

October 3:  Green’s Creek Trail – Poncha Springs (68 mile drive one way)

Leaders: George and Joy Williams

Direction to the trailhead:  Take Hwy 50 west past Salida to Poncha springs.  At traffic light (intersection of Hwy 50 and Hwy 285) turn right onto Hwy 50 for 2.2 miles to CR220.  Turn left onto CR 220 and drive 1.8 miles to where it intersects with CR 221.  Turn left onto CR 221 and drive 2.2 miles to the trailhead parking lot.

Length of Hike: 4 miles RT

Beginning Elevation: 8638 ft.

Elevation gain: 840 ft.

Difficulty: Moderate

 

October 10 “Not Yet Named Trail” at the Royal Gorge Park (Meeting Day)

Leaders: George and Joy Williams

Direction to the trailhead:  Go west from Caňon City on Hwy 50 to the North entrance to the Royal Gorge Park (CR3A).  Turn left on CR3A and continue

3.6 miles to upper parking lot (trailhead on the right).  This trail connects the upper (starting point) and lower parking lots

Length of Hike: Less than 2 miles (?)

Beginning Elevation: 6756 ft.

Elevation LOSS: 400 ft. (car shuttle)

Difficulty:  Easy

 

October 17 – Voyager

Leaders: Chris Talbot

Direction to the trailhead:  Take 9th Street south to traffic circle; take 1st exit (Elm St.) right, then left on Oak Creek Grade Rd.  Go 7.9 miles to the dirt parking area on the left.

Length of Hike: 1.8 miles round trip

Beginning Elevation: 6374 ft.

Elevation gain: 526 ft.

Difficulty:  Moderate (steep climb)

 

October 24:  Latest “Unfinished” trail at Royal Gorge Park

Leaders: George and Joy Williams

Direction to the trailhead:  Drive west on Hwy 50 to the Royal Gorge North entrance (CR3A).  Turn left onto CR#A and continue for 2.75 miles until you arrive at a dirt parking lot on the right (Royal Gorge Park entrance sign).  The trail begins up the hill to the right of the parking lot.

Length of Hike: Less than 3 miles (?)

Beginning Elevation: 6352 ft.

Elevation gain: 200 ft.

Difficulty:  Moderate (100 ft. up-hill bushwhack in the middle of the hike)

 

October 31:  To be announced.