Meet at Village Inn parking before at 8:00 am every Wednesday during May thru September:
1837 Fremont Dr. Canon City
[and before 9:00 am on every Wednesday during October thru April]
Upcoming Schedule of Wednesday Hikes
JUNE 2021 Hikes
June 2, 2021 The Bank at Red Canyon Park
Length: 4.16 Loop
Starting Elevation: 6,866
Elevation gain 452
From Canon City go north on Field Avenue. Turn right (north) continue to Red Canyon Rd turn right (north) continue past the entrance to Red Canyon Park to where Red Canyon Road turns into Shelf road, entrance to the Banks is on the left. Follow the gravel road about 2 miles to the top of the mesa and parking area.
The trail starts on the north side of the parking area, a service road leaves the parking area to the north and proceeds down into the canyon, it is common to find climbers scaling the rock walls on the north side of the canyon. Continue on the road 2 miles past a stone quarry or caves to an old wind mill. At this point backtrack about 1/8 of a mile to an open area that slopes down on the south side of the trail, look closely at the east side of the open area and find a stone campfire ring. At this point you will find a little used trail that proceeds east from the open area then turns southward becoming a long-ago abandoned road, this trail will take you to the top of the ridge and ultimately back to the parking area. Great views of the canyon and climbing walls are found.
June 9, 2021 Lookout Mountain by Texas Creek
Length: 3.5+ In and out
Starting Elevation: 7,298
Elevation gain: 1,094
From Canon City, Hwy 50 west to CR3 (Copper Gulch Road)(First road on the left after crossing the Arkansas river), turn South proceed about 13 miles to CR23 (Gulch Road) turn right continue about 3.25 miles to a dirt one lane road on the right there is a forest road number 6162 posted, take the one lane dirt track about 200 feet to an area that is wide enough to park along side of the track.
The hike begins at the pull off area alongside of the road, continue hiking north on the road staying on the main dirt track at the end of the dirt track is a turnaround. On the north end of the turnaround is a trail that continues north towards lookout mountain. The trail will continue to climb towards lookout mountain, take the time to rest and enjoy the views, as you near 1.2 mikes the trail begins a series of switchbacks that take you to the base of the vertical rock formations that form the top of lookout mountain. Great views of the
June 16, 2021 Granite Arch on Little St Charles Creek - San Isabel
**High clearance / 4-wheel vehicle to reach the trailhead.
Distance 4.138 [out and back]
Starting Elevation 8114
Gain [loss] 559
Highway 50 East to Highway 67, turn right. Highway 67 south to Westmore. Turn right (west) on Highway 96, to Highway 165. Turn left [south] on drive 22 miles south on Highway 165. You will pass Bishops Castle and Lake Isabel. There is a public bathroom immediately across [to the left, east] of the Lake. A good place for a last stop before the trailhead. Between Mile Markers 22 and 23 on Highway 165, take a left on Robb Road. Turn left [east] on Robb Road, which is marked by a regular street sign. Take Robb Road .6 mile downhill to its intersection with Old San Isabel Road. Turn left (northwest) onto Old San Isabel Road and follow it for .2 mile to [San Carlos Road] FSR #320. The trail is # 8032, also identified on some maps as FSR #326. Drive across the bridge and up to the trail head.
This is a 4.138 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located in the southern Wet Mountain area, and features wild flowers and picturesque vistas. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding. The trail heads east and south through rolling varied forest, and then switchbacks downhill to the Little St. Charles Creek. Once at the creek, follow the creekbed eastward to the Arch on the far side. There are ways across the creek without getting your feet wet. It is a good idea to bring hiking sticks, poles or a staff for the last part of the hike to the granite arch, which spans 33 feet, and the height is 45 feet. The arch is truly a hidden gem.
June 23, 2021 BNSF Tunnel at Swissvale
Length: 3.63 Out and back
Starting Elevation: 6,753
Elevation Gain: 107
From Canon City go West on Hwy 50. Turn right on Route 45 proceed About 4 miles crossing under a railroad underpass follow the road to the right to a parking area on the left.
This trail follows the Arkansas river, there are interruptive signs along the river, look closely for small signs indicating mining claims. Follow the road from the parking area back past the railroad underpass, continue to a point where the road allows easy access to the abandoned railroad tracks, follow the tracks to and through the tunnel , you can continue on the tracks to the next railroad bridge (crossing Badger Creek), or drop back down to the road and follow it east to badger creek. Backtrack the same route to return to the parking area.
June 30, 2021 Bear Creek
Length: 4.09 Loop
Starting Elevation: 7,663
Elevation Gain: 696
From Canon City go west on Hwy 50 to Colorado Hwy 9. Turn right (north) continue to CR 11 (High Park Road). Turn right (east) drive about 5.2 miles to Deer Haven Park CR 69. Turn right proceed about 2.57 miles to a two-track dirt road on the left there is a trail sign T5826A identifying the area, look closely it is easy to drive past. Turn in by the trail marker sign and park.
From the parking area follow the two-track path (Bear Hill Trail) north, it gradually ascends a meadow, after about a half mile the track crosses a more prominent two-track road, follow this road to the left, it proceeds up a steeper grade to the top of a ridge with a view of Deer Park Road CR69. At this point turn around and return back down the trail continuing past the trail that you came in on and bearing left following the meadow to the left side. You will find two separate ravines on the left, both ravines are worth exploring. The second ravine that you find has Bear Creek flowing down it, there are multiple creek crossings but the creek is narrow and easily stepped over. After exploring the ravines continue following the left side of the meadow around some marshy ground cross over the earth dam to the parking area.
May 2021 Hikes
May 5, 2021 Ecology Park - Grape Creek Trail
Directions: From Cañon City take 1st Street south to Temple Canyon Road to Ecology Park Trailhead.
Starting Elevation: 5631 ft.
Elevation Change: 178 ft.
Distance: 3.24 miles in and out
Follow the main trail west to the bottom of the hill, proceed through a fence opening and continue in a westerly direction. Route from here will depend on the Hiker’s Leader’s discretion. Depending on the water level, there may be a creek crossing or two, so consider bringing hiking staff and water shoes or waders. It will be an out-and-back.
May 12, 2021 Royal Gorge – Made in the Shade
Take Hwy 50 to County Road 3A towards the Royal Gorge for 2.5 miles. It's the first parking lot on the right (west) and the trailhead starts immediately west of the parking lot.
Drive west of Canon City on Hwy. 50 to Hwy #3A - entrance of Royal Gorge Park. Turn left [south] and continue to the lower County Road 3A parking lot - first parking lot on the right. The trailhead is immediately west.
The trail angles westward on established trails, and skirts hillsides in the Gorge, with views of the hills and gorges. This is a loop, and with be 3 -4 miles, with about 625 feet of elevation change.
May 19, 2021 Moove Over Trail
Drive South on Field Avenue to Red Canyon Road, then follow the hike leader to the Garden Park Road parking area. Plenty of parking on the right. 10 minute drive. 7 miles.
Length 2.5 to 3.5 Miles [depending on route]
Elevation change: 450 feet
We’ll follow a steep rocky trail up from Garden Park Road to the Oil Well Flats trail system where we’ll take the ‘Moove Over’ trail. Some rate this as moderate because of the climb up.
May 26, 2021 Lion Canyon –Oak Creek Grade
Direction to trailhead: Take 9th Street South to traffic circle. Take 3rd exit (west) onto Elm Street, then to Oak Creek Grade on the left (south). Drive South on Oak Creek Grade for approximately 12 miles to Oak Creek campground entrance on left. Drive down the entrance road for ½ mile to parking area and trail head.
Length of hike: 5 miles (round trip)
Hiking Time: About 3.3 hours
Beginning elevation: 7751 feet
Elevation gain: 1,426 Feet
Description: This hike starts on the east side of the campground where it climbs steeply as it parallels a small creek. It is littered with small rocks so care needs to be taken to prevent tripping or stubbing a toe. The trail passes through a narrow, heavily forested canyon for most of the way. Tall Aspen, Douglas fir and white fir are the dominant trees with some ponderosa pine also. Scrub oak, small cherry trees (pin cherries?), dogwoods, prostrate junipers, wild roses, gooseberries and mountain maples are frequently seen along the trail as well. Wild flowers depending on the season such as deep blue larkspur, geraniums yellow senecio, yarrow and harebells add color to the trail. Near the top, the canyon widens allowing sunlight to penetrate the forest, making it much more cheerful and bright. At the top, the trail leaves the forest and enters a very large meadow, Locke Park, with scattered pine trees. The views from here are magnificent including the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This is a great location to have a picnic before heading back down the trail to the trail head and parking lot.