Meet at Village Inn parking before at 9:00 am every Wednesday during October thru April: 

1837 Fremont Dr. Canon City

[and before 9:00 am on every Wednesday during May thru September]

 

 

Upcoming Schedule of Wednesday Hikes 

 

 

 

Upcoming 2021 Hikes:

 

 

Nov. 10 : Paint Mine Interpretive Park – Calhan, CO.

Direction: From Canon City to Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs to Calhan through Hwy 24; The last street in town – N Calhan Hwy: turn right, continue for couple hundred feet, and can see the sign “ Print Mine Interpretive Park “ turn left on Print Mine Rd, continue,  it will turn from east to south, then the parking can be seen on the left hand side. DON’T MISS THAT.
Total driving mileages – 80.1

   Length 3.4 miles  

   Elevation gain  334 ft  
   Route type: Loop
   Rating:  Easy to moderate

Description : Fantastical sandstone hoodoos, and other weird geological formations made of sand and colorful clay, brought ancient Native Americans to this spot as far back as 9,000 years ago to collect clay for colorful pottery and today the Paint Mines Interpretive Park remains a geological wonder hidden on the eastern plains in El Paso

 


Nov. 17 : Pronghorn Trail, Outer Limits Trail – Lake Pueblo State Park

Direction: [similar to Nov. 3] - From Canon City to Wetmore on Hwy 67 for  21.8, then take Hwy 96 east – for 19.4 miles; trail head ( parking ) is at the left hand side of the highway.
Total driving  mileages is 41.2.

 

   Length  8.7 mi  Elevation gain  160 ft  
   Route type: Out and Back
   Rating:  Easy to moderate

 


Nov. 24 Blackmer Loop and Zook Loop at Cheyenne Mountain State Park

Direction: From Canon City going east to Hwy 115 --- 10.9 miles ; going north toward Fort Carson Army Base – turn left from JL Ranch Height Rd. ( turn right will be Nelson Blvd -- Fort Carson Army Base main entrance !!!! ) continue driving up hill to the visitor center – Rest, ask question, get trail map and so on – then drive to Prairie Falcon Amphithestre ( trail head ).
Total driving  mileages is 40

   Length  4.55 mi 
   Route type: Loops 
   Rating:  Easy to moderate

 

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December 2021 Hikes
 
 
Dakota Ridge at the Hogbacks – December 1, 2021
 
DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD:  Take Hiway 50 West to 5th Street.  Go north to Greenwood Drive, turn west on Washington Street to the parking lot.
    LENGTH OF HIKE: 4  
    BEGINNING ELEVATION: 5595
    ELEVATION GAIN: 420
    DIFFICULTRY:  Easy to Moderate
DESCRIPTION:  Head north to the beginning of Dakota Ridge which is a 1.4 trail where all of the gain occurs.  On top you will see views on both sides of the trail with the city of Canon to the east and Fremont Mt to the west.  We will take Old Skyline Drive to the Stone Quarry Spur then pick up Graneros to the Fairview Link and back to the parking lot on Greenhorn.  This will be approximately 4 miles.  Those who want to hike longer can take Graneros to the end which would add approximately 1 mile to the hike.
 
 
Wellsville Mine – December 8, 2021
 
DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD:
  Take Hiway 50 west and turn left BLM Road 5972A after approximately 45 miles.  It is just before the Wellsville exit.  There is a small primitive campground here.
     LENGTH OF HIKE: 4  
    BEGINNING ELEVATION: 7244
    ELEVATION GAIN: 385
    DIFFICULTRY:  Easy
DESCRIPTION:  We will follow a large cliff up the canyon until we hit BLM trail 5971A.  We will hike on this trail until we have hit at least 2 miles from starting point.  We can go further if the club desires as this is an in and out trail.
 
 
The Gallery at Sand Gulch  - December 15, 2021

 

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD:  Take 19th Street North to Central Avenue, Turn East (right) to Fields.  Turn north  (left).  Fields merges into Red Canyon Road.  In  approximately 13 miles exit at the Sand Gulch Campground just prior to the Banks exit. 
    LENGTH OF HIKE: 3.5   
    BEGINNING ELEVATION: 6258
    ELEVATION GAIN: 337
    DIFFICULTY:  Moderate to Difficult
DESCRIPTION:  We will start by following the trail that goes to the climbing wall on the left (north) side of the campground. At the top of the canyon, we will go down, cross over to the climbing wall on the opposite side of the canyon.  This trail brings us down to a wash which we will follow to the parking lot where we will do the second climbing wall.  Last year we did this trail counterclockwise, but this year we will do it clockwise.
 

Fire Canyon/ Unconformity at Oil Well Flats – December 22, 2021

 

Directions to trailhead: Go north on 19th Street and turn right on Central, Turn left on Fields, Merge unto Red Canyon
Road. Turn left at the Oil Well Flats sign. This road is 5940, turn left on 5941 to 5941A to parking lot. 
     LENGTH OF HIKE:  4 miles
     BEGINNING ALTITUDE:  6096
     ELEVATION GAIN:  547
     DIFFICULTRY:  Easy to Moderate
DESCRIPTION:  Fire Canyon trail goes up a canyon to an old two track road that joins Unconformity Trail.  Views of the Sangre De Cristo range make this hike worth the effort.  As the trail winds down hoodoos appear.

 

 
 Sand Gulch Road Mine – December 29, 2021

 

DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD: Route 50 west to State Highway 9, right (north) and continue for 6.9 miles to Sand Gulch Road on left or west side of road. Drive through gate and park on side of dirt road.
    LENGTH OF HIKE: Approximately 4 Miles
    ELEVATION GAIN: 450 Feet
    DIFFICULTY: Easy to moderate (some bush whacking)
DESCRIPTION: Take the road west to the second ravine. Turn south and continue up the ravine to the end of the ravine which will end at the top of Cottonwood Ridge. There is an old abandoned mine and great views from this ridge. We will continue down from the ridge into Cottonwood Ridge Trail,left,( east) at the bottom. The old two track road will lead east back to highway 9 and then north back to the vehicles.
 

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