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
In compliance with Colorado Public Health Order 20-24, Canñonland Walkers and Hikers have instituted protective safety procedures and guidelines to which we are commited. We are intent on maintaining our weekly walks and hikes in compliance with Colorado Public Health Orders in a safe and responsible manner. Check our home page for our the protective safety procedures and guidelines.
Note: Compliance with Colorado Public Health Orders requires each hike to be capped at 10 hikers. We are attempting to offer multiple hikes each week. It may not always be possible to announce hikes weeks and months in advance as has been our practice. Please check this space reqularly as upcoming hikes will be posted here as may be.
Hikes for August, 2020
August 5 Badger Creek Hobart Cabin
August 12 Badger Creek Hobat Cabin
August 19 The Crags Deer Haven
August 26 The Crags Deer Haven
Badger Creek August 5th and 12th
Nearest City; Cotopaxi Colorado
Season; Summer & Fall
Directions; From Canon City, go west on Hwy 50 to Colorado 9 turn right (north), proceed 10 miles to Tallahassee Road turn left (west) proceed 22 miles to Badger Creek Trailhead found on the left (south) side of road.
STARTING ELEVATION 8,784ft
ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS 314ft
DISTANCE 3 miles In & Out
This is an easy to moderate hike with no significant Altitude gain. The hike follows Badger Creek, there are some boulder fields to navigate but they are not difficult, there are several creek crossings and by carefully watching the creek spots can be found that are easier to cross at than are discovered by simply following the established path. Good chance of spotting big horn sheep, and trout can be seen in the stream. Great canyon walls and rock formations. The trail ends about 1.5 miles where the canon walls close in on the stream bed.
Hobart Cabin Trail August 5th and 12th
Nearest City; Penrose Colorado
Season; Summer, Fall
Directions; From Canon City go East on Hwy 50 to Hwy 67 “Phantom Canyon Road”, turn left (north) continue 13.4 miles to a steel bridge, (the bridge is the last original bridge surviving that was built for the railroad that connected the gold mines in Victor & Cripple Creek to the gold processing plants in Florence). Trailhead parking is on the right before the bridge.
STARTING ELEVATION 7,141ft
ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS 319ft,
DISTANCE 3.75 miles In & Out
The unmarked gated trail trailhead begins just north of the parking area, follow the trail to the right and proceed to a point where you will discover log cabins and old log horse corals, retrace the trail to return to the parking area. The scenery on Phantom Canon Road and on the trail make this trip complete.
The Crags August 19th and 26th
Nearest City; Divide
Season; Spring, Summer, Fall
Directions; From Canon City go west on Hwy 50 to Co 9 north, turn right onto Cty Rd 11, continue to Teller County Road 1 turn right continue to Cripple Creek. From Cripple Creek take Hwy 67 north out of town continue to Teller Cty Rd 62 turn right proceed to Craigs Trailhead. (You will pass a Mennonite Camp and the trailhead for Raspberry Mountain Trail. The Craigs Trailhead is now located before the loop campground at the end of the road.
STARTING ELEVATION 9,971ft
ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS 820FT
HIKE LENGTH 6 miles In & Out
The trail starts across the street from the parking area, the trail begins with a steep incline but it soon changes to a gradual incline making for a relatively easy hike. Rock formations called “Craigs” and aspen trees line the route on the way to the end of the trail where a “Dome” rock formation with views of the Rampart Range, Ute Pass and the Reservoirs that service Colorado Springs can be seen. Highly recommended trail in the fall when the Aspen are changing colors.
Deer Haven Trail August 19th and 26th
Nearest City; Cripple Creek
Season; Spring, Summer, Fall
Directions; 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 to the first dirt single track road on the right, follow the dirt track road to the end where the trailhead is located. (In wet conditions this road can be 4-wheel drive only) (in dry conditions the road may be rutted with previous washout areas).
STARTING ELEVATION 8,210ft
ELEVATION GAIN/LOSS 430ft
DISTANCE 4 miles Loop
The trail starts behind the trailhead sign by going through a gate, the original trail follows the road when you come to a “T” intersection follow the trail to the left. (As an alternative route shortly after passing through the gate you will discover a trail that leads up the hill to the left, following this trail will take you over the hill and into a valley continue across the valley and you will join with the same trail that following the road would intersect with, when joining the trail follow it to the left). The trail is well used and easy to follow it will wind through some pine woods and meadows where ranching has been the main use. Eventually the trail will loop back to the meadow that the alternate route crossed, follow the meadow to the left and either join the “alternate” trail or the road trail, follow either trail back to the trailhead. An alternate “Short-cut” route is to cross over to the far side of the meadow and gradually ascend the ridge that is on the far side, from the top of the ridge you will see the road that you drove in on, gradually descend the ridge parallel to the road to the trail head.