The monthly Meeting of the Canonland Walkers and Hikers is held on 2nd Wednesday at El Alazan Restaurant: 1925 Fremont Dr. Canon City (bet

     

iors.  More info later.

 

 

Starting in October, time to change our start times to 9 A.M. at Village Inn in Canon City

 

 

October 2017 Hikes

October 4th                Newlin Creek                         Leader:  Kevin Borre

Directions:  From the Village Inn, proceed to Florence on Hwy CSH115.  Turn south on Hwy CSH 67.  Proceed south for 4.3 miles to County road 15.  Turn west and follow the road past Florence Mountain View Park to the

trailhead.  Apx. 3 to 4 miles

Hiking Distance:  5.4 miles round trip

 

Elevation Gain:  1,450 ft.          Moderate Hike Rel.Difficulty: 8.1

Newlin Creek is small.  There are about 23 creek crossings.  Some say 26 crossings.  The hike ends at a sawmill built by Nathaniel Herrick: in the 1800’s.  The steam boiler and flywheel are still at the site.  The mill was abandoned and never operated due to Herrick’s untimely death.

 

October 11th          Meeting Day    Angler’s Trail          Leader: Kevin Borre

Directions:  Go west on US Hwy50.  11.4 miles to Copper Gulch Road.  It is the first road past the Arkansas River.  Turn left 2 tenths of a mile to trailhead.

Hiking Distance:  2 miles round trip   Easy hike

The trail was developed with the assistance of Anglers to provide access to the Arkansas River.  Rumor has it that there are active Gold mining claims along the river in this area.

 

October 18th          Temple Canyon                                    Leader: Kevin Borre

Directions:  Go US Hwy 50 west, left on 1st Street to Temple Canyon Road.  Go 5 miles west to trailhead.  Turn right at Sign: “Temple Ridge Picnic & Camping”.  Drive to the end.

Hiking Distance:  2 to 3 miles

Difficulty Rating:  Moderate

The trail starts at a picnic area at the tip of the ridge.  The trail descends

about 200 ft. to the valley where it crosses Grape Creek.  It is a short hike to the “Temple”. The trail into the temple area requires navigating some minor rocks.  The return trip is a reverse crossing Grape Creek and climbing the ridge to the picnic area.

 

 

October 25th   Trick or Treat  (Halloween Gathering)         

Leader & Host: Kevin Borre

Directions:  Leave Cañon City south on Raynolds Ave.  Continue south through Brookside. The first gravel road on the left is County Road 79.  Turn left and at the bottom of the hill is a gated entrance (Aukland Ave).  Proceed 2 miles on Auckland to 10501 Aukland Ave.  The Borre Residence.

Activities for the Day:  A Potluck Dinner, Poker Hike on the trails in Chandler Heights, Costume Contest, Games of “skill” and bring a carved pumpkin for a pumpkin carving contest.

 

November Hike

 

 

November 1st – Hike Leader Kevin Borre – Beaver Creek Riparian Area is a 4.5- mile hike with 200 ft. elevation gain. It follows an old roadway that parallels Beaver Creek and required a creek crossing that has a fallen log across it. DIRECTIONS: Hwy 50 East, left on Hwy 67 (Phantom Canyon Rd) for 1.7 miles, Turn right on CR 123, East ¼ mile to CR 132 (Upper Beaver Creek Rd), left 8.1 miles with trailhead on the right.

November 8th – Kevin Borre, Hike Leader – Raynolds Road Clean-up. Kevin advised members to stay on the left side of road for safety. Meet at Raynolds and split in two groups, one going north the other going south.

November 15th – Jerry Johnson, Hike Leader – Hobart Cabin Trail is 3.75 miles with an elevation gain of 319 feet. DIRECTIONS: West on Hwy 50 to Phantom Canyon Rd, 13.4 miles to a steel bridge. Parking and trailhead on the right before the bridge.

November 22nd – Kevin Borre, Hike Leader -Sand Gulch hike will start at the top of the Banks Campground and finish at the lower campground area. There will be rocks to navigate. One vehicle will be left at the lower campground to take drivers back to the top. DIRECTIONS: North on Red Canyon Rd to the Banks turnoff, this is the last left before Red Canyon Rd turns into Shelf Road.

November 29th - Kevin Borre, Hike Leader – Brush Hollow Reservoir hike will begin at the dam and loop around the lake. DIRECTIONS: East on Hwy 50 to Hwy 67 to CR 123 for 3.9 miles and left into parking lot.

 

 

December Hike

 

 

December 6 Aiken Canyon                                                 Leader: Arlo Dupont

 

Description:  About a four-mile hike with  very little elevation gain.  An easy hike.  Take 115 north, about 18 miles to Turkey Creek Road.  Left to parking area.

December 13 Annual Christmas Party

Sharon Whitney has offered her home.  She will need tables and chairs.

Bring your food over to Sharon’s at 10 AM.  We will carpool to Washington Ave. parking lot and then hike the Hogbacks.

Sharon’s address is 1507 Central just east of the convenience store and set back on the north side of Central.

December 20 – The Banks                                                Leader: Arlo Dupont

Description:  Take the next left turn past the Red Canyon Park.  Easy hike of about 4 miles.

December 27  Oil Well Flats  Island in the Sky Trail 

Leader: Arlo Dupont

Description:  4 ½ miles with a gain of about 500 feet. 

 Rated: Relatively difficult