Meet at Village Inn parking before at 9:00 am every Wednesday during October through April
1837 Fremont Dr. Canon City
Upcoming Schedule of Wednesday Hikes
Hike Leaders for February, 2023
Sandy and Bob Dorr (303)817-5602 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
February 1 - Talon Point
February 8 - Eagle Rock
February 15 - Pet Memorial Trail
February 22 - Historic Goodnight Barn
February 1: Talon Point State Wildlife Area
Length: 6 miles Elevation Gain: 330 ft Difficulty: Moderate From Canon City: 30 mins. 25 miles.
Hike description: “Talon Point” trail is accessed from the North side of Lake Pueblo. Parking is in Pueblo West in a cul-de-sac adjacent to the trailhead. Trail starts on Pueblo West Metro property and immediately goes into the State Wildlife area.
The Hike is moderate. Flat areas, rolling hills with a couple of short steep climbs. Once up on top of the ridge, good views of the surrounding area, Lake Pueblo and Spanish Peaks to Pikes Peak are enjoyed. Trail goes out to the shoreline of Lake Pueblo. It is a loop trail with a short in and out.
Traction devices and poles are recommended due to Winter weather conditions and steep areas. Trail can be muddy/icy.
Directions from Canon City: Follow Hy 50 East to West McCulloch Blvd. N. Pueblo West. Turn right onto West McCulloch. Follow approximately 3 miles to West Carrizo Springs Ave. Turn right onto Carrizo Springs (Katmandu Store and Gas Station on SW corner). Follow Carrizo Springs about half a mile to S. Chimazo Dr. Turn left onto Chimazo Dr and follow to the end (3⁄4 m). Parking and trailhead is at this gravel cul-de-sac.
February 8: Eagle Rock, Lake Pueblo State Park Conservation Area
Distance: 5.5 miles Elevation gain: 535 ft Difficulty: Easy/ Moderate. From Canon City: 37 mins. 31 miles.
Hike Description: “Eagle Rock” trail is within a State Park Conservation Area. This trail is accessed from Pueblo West on the North side of the Lake. Parking will be in a cul-de-sac which is where the trail begins. This is a loop trail with one area of in and out. Flat areas, rolling hills, and short grades up to the highest ridge. Once up top there are good views of the lake, dam, and well beyond. Will be fun to find “Eagle Rock”, “Yogi Bear” and a “Baboon Rock”. Lunch will be in the State Park on picnic tables.
Traction devices, poles are recommended due to Winter conditions. Footing is mostly shale/gravel/dirt. Could be icy/muddy.
Directions from Canon City:
Highway 50 East to McCulloch Blvd. (traffic lights and Walmart). Turn right onto McCulloch Blvd, proceed to John Powell Blvd. (3.4m). Turn left onto John Powell. Proceed to S. Greenway Ave. (1m). Turn right onto S. Greenway Ave. and stay on Greenway Ave; follow until you arrive at the very end.
February 15: Pet Memorial Trail, Lake Pueblo State Park
Distance: 5-6 miles. Elevation Gain 400 ft. Difficulty: Easy/ Moderate
From Canon City: 30 min. 25 miles.
Hike Description: “Pet Memorial Trail” is in Lake Pueblo State Park. Built along a trail are memorials to many lost pets. Most are made of native stone. Interesting to see. This hike will begin on the North side of Lake Pueblo in Pueblo West. The parking area is a cul-de-sac where the trail begins. We start on Pueblo West Metro property and head into the State Park along the East side of the creek. Trail will follow Turkey Creek on the valley floor. It then climbs up to the memorial trail. Some bushwacking, rolling hills, One short steep climb. Views of Turkey Creek Valley. Trail is a loop. Return trail is above the valley floor. Footing is gravel, shale and dirt. Sandy along the creek.
Traction devices and Poles are recommended due to Winter Conditions.
Directions from Canon City: Highway 50 East to West McCulloch Blvd. N. Pueblo West. Turn right onto West McCulloch. Follow approximately 3 miles to West Carrizo Springs Ave. Turn right onto Carrizo Springs (Katmandu Store and Gas Station on corner). Follow Carrizo Springs about half a mile to S. Chimazo Dr. Turn left onto Chimazo Dr. and follow to the end(3/4m). Parking and trailhead is at this gravel cul-de-sac.
February 22: Historic Goodnight Barn, Lake Pueblo State Park
Distance: 4.5 miles. Elevation Gain: 244 ft Difficulty: Easy From Canon City: 34 miles. 43 mins.
Hike Description: “Goodnight Barn” hike begins in Lake Pueblo State Park. Parking is on the South side of the Arkansas River at the end of Cottonwood Rd. in the Cottonwood Picnic area. Leaving the parking lot we will cross the pedestrian bridge to the North side of the river. Trail follows the north bank of the river, east past the Rock Canyon Swim Beach, through tall cottonwood trees and river bottom wildland areas. In 2 miles we cross the Valco bridge back over the river and end up at the Goodnight barn. From the Goodnight Barn we will hike back along the South side of the river through "Valco Ponds" back to our cars.
Directions from Canon City: Hy 50 East to McCulloch Blvd. (traffic lights and Walmart). Turn right and proceed to S. Nichols Rd. (North Park entrance). Turn right onto Nichols and go into park where the road name changes to “Juniper”. Follow Juniper through the park to Cottonwood Rd. Turn left into the cottonwood picnic area. Parking will be at the end.
Hike Leader for January 2023
All hikes meet at the Cañon City Village Inn at 9 am.
January 4: Watchtower
January 11: Five Points Gulch
January 18: Shaw’s Arch
January 25: California Dance Hall
January 4th 2023
Directions: From Canon City, Hwy 50 to South 1st street turn left on 1st street proceed to Temple Canyon Road (CR3) turn right onto Temple Canyon Road, At 4.2 miles on the right is a small sign “Day Use Parking”, this is the east end of the trail. For the west end of the trail continue about 1.5 miles west to a Sign “Temple Ridge Picnic and Camping” turn right at sign, drive to end of road.
STARTING ELEVATION 6,095ft ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS 476ft HIKE LENGTH 5 miles In & Out
Starting the trail from the east end parking area look for the trail to start on the west side of the parking area. The trail generally has a downward trend heading west, at around the two-mile mark look down into the canyon to find an old mine. Continuing west bound the trail runs into Temple Canyon Road, follow Temple Canyon Road west and the trail will pick up again on the right side of the road. The trail will pass a picnic pavilion on the left using the pavilion as a destination will result in a 5 mile in and out hike, continuing westbound on the trail will take you to the western trailhead and the trailhead and picnic area of the Temple Canyon Hike, at about 4 miles one way in length the hike returning to the east parking area results in an 8 mile hike, if you decide to follow the road from the trailhead out to Temple Canyon Road and hiking east to the east parking area on the road it will shorten the hike by about 1 mile. Great scenic views.
January 11th, 2023
Five Points Gulch
Directions: From Canon City go west on Hwy 50 approximately 20 miles. The entrance to Five Point Trail is about 520 feet before Hwy mileage marker 257, the entrance is on the east side of a large concrete culvert, (you could drive a truck through it). Proceed past mile marker 257 about ½ mile there is a pull off on the left used for road maintenance, turn around in this maintenance area and proceed back east on Hwy 50 passing mile marker 257 about 520 feet and park on the right side of the highway, walk back to the culvert and follow the trail on the east side down into the gulch. The trail starts at a fence that spans the gulch.
STARTING ELEVATION 6,075FT ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS 390FT DISTANCE 3.5 miles In & Out
The trail follows the streambed that formed the gulch, there are some large boulders that you will need to navigate over or around, patches of trees and a few stream crossings that can be made without difficulty. The hike can extend past the 1.75-mile point but is overgrown with vegetation and becomes difficult past this point. Steep rock walls with lots of mica and pink granite line the gulch. On occasion you may discover holes dug alongside the streambed, these are made by prospectors who then pan the sand for gold.
January 18th, 2023
Directions: From Canon City drive west on Hwy 50 5.1 miles to County Road 69. Go North on 69 7.1 miles to a parking area on the right, from this trailhead it is a 7.1-mile round trip to the arch, if desired continue north to a second open area found on the right from this area it is a 5.4-mile round trip to the arch. If you have a high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle you can continue north to a Y in the road County 69 bends to the left and climbs a narrow one lane path, BLM 5803 goes to the right and continues through Red Canyon Park, from this entrance continue about ¾ mile to BLM 5830B (first Y intersection on the right) follow BLM 5830B about ¼ mile to the base of the hill. Parking at this point it is 1.4 miles to the arch.
STARTING ELEVATION 6,650FT ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS 290FT LENGTH 5.4 miles In & Out
From the trailhead take the trail on the north side of the parking area, this trail will connect with BLM 5830 at BLM 5830 turn right and continue to a Y in the road Take the road on the right (BLM 5830B), From the open area found past the trailhead follow county 69 north to a metal gate BLM 5830 (west entrance to Red Canyon Park) follow BLM 5830 to a Y in the road Take the road on the right (BLM 5830B), Continue following the trail up the hill to a T intersection take the trail on the left to the Arch. Expect to find amazing views from the Arch. Use caution in the winter and spring the trail up the hill can be icy in the morning and very slippery mud in the afternoon. January 25th, 2023
California Dance Hall
Directions: From Canon City, go west on Hwy 50 to the north entrance to the Royal Gorge Park, CR3A, turn left onto CR3A and continue to the first Parking area on the right, just past the entrance sign for the Royal Gorge Park.
STARTING ELEVATION 6455ft ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS 395ft DISTANCE HIKED 3.5 miles Loop
The hike starts at the west side of the parking area, follow the trail through the stone passageway under the road, at the first trail intersection follow “Dream Weaver” to the left. Continue on Dream Weaver as it crosses a road and climbs up a hill, upon reaching the top of the hill look down into the valley and to the east at far end of the valley as it climbs you will be able to see the ruins of the “California Dance Hall”, “bushwhack” a route down to the bottom of the valley, you will come to a barbed wire fence, (the fence was put up to keep cattle off of the trails), on the other side of the fence is the remains of parts of the “Priest Canyon Road” which was built in 1911 to make it easier for folks to get to the Royal Gorge. Follow the fence line east as some point you will need to cross over the fence to access the remains of the “Vista Lodge” which was owned and operated by the “Reel California Girls” two women that worked in the silent movie productions that were filmed in the Canon City area in the 1920s. The building caught fire in 1925 under questionable origins, some believe that the local KKK had some involvement in the fire. When leaving the ruins go south again crossing the fence line, bushwhack up to the top of the ridge where you will find a stone foundation of an observation platform that was built as an attraction for the Vista Lodge’s customers. Continue south, there is an old track to follow, over the crest of the ridge and down the other side where you will rejoin the Dream Weaver Trail, follow it to the right back to the trailhead.