The monthly Meeting of the Canonland Walkers and Hikers is held on 2nd Wednesday at El Alazan Restaurant: 1925 Fremont Dr. Canon City (bet
Starting in April, time to change our start times to 8:00 A.M. at Village Inn in Canon City
May 2018 Hikes
Name Directions Length Elev. Elev. Difficulty
4.6 M 6126 515 Easy RD 3. Trail Gulch Drive east from Canon City on State Hwy 50 to traffic light for Four Mile lane (N) Mackenzie Blvd
Trail Turn left (N) onto four Mile Lane then take the first (immediate) right (east) onto CR 123
Upper Beaver Continue east on CR 123 for 12.22 miles to the intersection with CR132 (Beaver Creek Road). Turn
Creek Road left (north) onto CR132 and drive 8.1 miles to the parking area. The trailhead is at the northern end of the r rectangular parking area.
May 9 Road Cleanup and Meeting Day
May 16 Length Elev. Elev. Difficulty
4M 7079 451 Moderate RD3.6
Salida Take US Hwy 50 west to Salida. Turn right (east) on North F Street and drive to the end of the road at
the Arkansas River. Cross the bridge and park in the large parking area. To reach the trailhead,
walk about .02 miles across the railroad tracks and dirt road. Follow the dirt road up between a cluster of buildings located at the bottom of Tender foot Mountain (The “S” Mountain). You will see the trail running southeast to northeast along the bottom of the mountain. About 58 miles one-way from Canon City.
May 23 Length Elev. Elev. Difficulty
Init Gain Direction 2.52M 6792 579 Easy RD 3.3
Drive west on Hwy 50 for about 12.3 miles to CR3 jut west of Parkdale Bridge.
Turn left (south) unto CR3. After 2.54 miles you will reach the intersection with CR28 (Copper Gulch Road Continue left (east) on CR3. After another 1.1 miles you will pass the intersection with CR3A, the south entrance to Royal Gorge Park. Continue southwest on CR3 for another 1.1 miles to BLM Road 6100. This road is easy to miss. It is a dirt road on your left (north). It goes through a gate with a chain that locks the gate during inclement weather. The road climbs sharply from CR3 then continues for about 2.7 miles to a Y intersection. Take the road to the left (northeast and follow as it turns southeast and after about 1.1 miles from the Y intersection, it reaches a large opening on the right. Pull into this meadow and park. It is highly recommended only 4-wheel drive high clearance vehicles are driven on this road. It is very rough over several sections and also very slippery when wet.
May 30 Length Elev. Elev. Difficulty
Direction 3.52M 7656 445 Easy
From Canon City go 5.8 miles east to Royal Gorge Blvd/US Hwy 50. Turn right (south)
On Colorado (CO) 67/Phantom Canyon Road. Continue on CO67 for 11.4 miles
through Florence to Wetmore. Turn right on CO 96 and continue for 11.1 miles to
CO 165 (Greenhorn Highway). Continue south on CO 165 for 18.32 miles past Bishop’s
Castle towards San Isabel. Continue south on CO 165 past San Isabel for 3.83 miles
then turn left (east) onto Old San Isabel Road. Follow Old San Isabel Road for 3.83
miles to Forest Service Road (FSR) 320. Turn left (north) on FSR 320 and drive for 0.32 miles to parking area next to the creek and just before or after the bridge. If FSR is muddy it is recommended you park at one of the parking areas located on west side of the road just after you turn off Old San Isabel Road. It is about 0.3 miles from this upper area down to the lower parking areas next to Little St. Charles Creek. About 15.8 miles one way from Canon City.
|Banks||Take 19th Street and turn right on Central, Turn left on Fields, Merge unto Red Canyon Road. Approximately 13 miles is the turn off for the Banks, just before the payment ends. Parking lot is at the top of the hill.||3.5 miles||Easy|
|Oil Well Flats||Take 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.||4 miles||Easy|
|Newlin Creek||Direction to trailhead: From Florence, turn south on State Hwy 67 for 4.3 miles to County
Road 15. Turn west and follow CR 15 for 6.3 miles to trail head. You will pass the entrance
sign for Florence Mountain Park and a house on the left. The road is very rough with deep ruts
from the house to the trail head, a distance of about 0.4 miles. Shortly before you reach the trail
head and the end of CR 15, there is a small parking area to the left and a pond just beyond.
There also is a small parking area to the left of the trail head. About 22 miles one way.
Beginning elevation: 6,750 ft.
Elevation gain: 1,360 ft.
Description: The Newlin Creek trail parallels and crosses the creek at 18 locations as you
climb about 1,360 feet in elevation from the trail head to the top of the ravine and the end of the
trail. The first crossing is made across a wooden bridge. The rest have to be done by walking
across logs and rocks and possibly also by stepping into water.
|Alkali Gulch||Take Hiway 50 west to the Vallie Bridge Recreation Area Turn-off, Road 45. Cross the Arkansas River and follow this gravel road until you pass a cemetary. Small parking lot is just up the road a short distant.||Approx 3.5 Miles||Moderate|
There are some large boulders in three spots at the beginning of the hike which are difficult but the remainder of the hike is easy
July 4 “Rainbow Trail” - Hayden Creek Road, Coaldale option - Holiday
Length of hike: 5 miles
Beginning Elevation: 7708 Ft.
Elevation Gain: 1476 Ft.
July 11 “Dakota Ridge Trail” - Hogbacks – Cañon City
Length of hike: 3.98 miles
Beginning Elevation: 5560 Ft.
Elevation Gain: 440 Ft.
July 18 “Venable Falls Trail” - Westcliffe
Length of hike: 5.33 miles
Beginning Elevation: 9041 Ft.
Elevation Gain: 1410 Ft.
July 25 “Foose Creek Trail” - Monarch
Length of hike: 4.54 miles
Beginning Elevation: 9560 Ft.
Elevation Gain: 659 Ft.
August 2018 Hikes
August 1 Booger Red Trail
Take US 50 west from Cañon City to CSH9. Drive North on
CSH 9 to County Road 11. Drive East 14.7 miles on CR11 to Road 5808 on south side of CR11 (there is a large cross on top of a small hill just before you reach Road 5808). You will pass through an open (BLM) green gate after 0.1 mile. Continue past the gate for 0.9 miles where you will encounter another gate. You will have to open this gate. Close gate after passing. Continue for 0.9 miles to a grassy parking area. There you will have to open this gate.
Travel Distance 33.9 miles one-way
Trail Data 3.65 miles RT
Beginning Elev. 7803 ft.
Elev. Gain 120 ft.
Rel. Diff. 1.2
August 08 Road Cleanup Day
Meet at CC Recreation Center to conduct quarterly cleanup of Raynolds Ave. Followed by monthly meeting at El Alazan at 11 AM 10:30 for chatting.
August 15 Five Points Gulch
Drive West on Cañon City on US 50 for about 20 miles. The entrance to 5-Pont Trail is about 520 feet before highway maker 257. Continue driving past the mile marker for aprox. ½ mile around the ongoing wide curve. Then carefully make a U-turn using the wide area on the east side of the highway. Be careful because highway traffic can be heavy! Drive back to mile marker 256 and continue for about 520 feet to the second opening in the canyon on the shoulder of US 50 just beyond the opening to 5-Points Gulch. Then walk back to the opening and down into the gulch for about 200 feet where you will reach a wire gate. The trailhead is on the other side of the gate. Be sure to close the gate.
Often see numerous wild animals
Travel Distance 29 miles one-way
Trail Data 3.4 miles RT
Beginning Elev. 6075 ft.
Elev. Gain 903 ft.
Rel. Diff. 1.8
August 22 Green’s Creek Trail
Take US 50 West past Salida to Poncha Springs. At traffic light (intersection of US 50 and CSH285) turn right 9 (North) continuing on US50 for 2.55 miles to CR220. Turn left on Cr220 and drive for approx. 1.6 miles where it intersects with CR221. Turn left onto CR 221 and drive for approx. 0.9 miles until you arrive at a dirt parking area and the trailhead to the Green Creek Trail. From the parking lot, walk approx. 300 feet Southwest to the trailhead.
Travel Distance 60 miles one-way
Trail Data 3 miles RT
Beginning Elev. 9863 ft.
Elev. Gain 630 ft.
Rel. Diff. 4.5
August 29 Horse Thief Falls
Take US50 West for 10 miles to CSH 9. Turn right (North) onto CSH 9. Then continue for 8.6 miles to CR11 (high Park Road). Drive 1.8 miles to CR1 and continue to Cripple Creek. From Cripple Creek take CSH67 North for about 8.8 miles to the old sealed up RR tunnel.
This trip affords an opportunity to visit the excellent Cripple Creek Museum along CSH 67.
Travel Distance 59.6 miles one-way
Trail Data 3 miles RT
Beginning Elev. 9863 ft.
Elev. Gain 630 ft.
Rel. Diff. 4.5