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

1837 Fremont Dr. Canon City

 

Upcoming Schedule of Wednesday Hikes 

 

 

Meet at 9:00 am for December-March hikes.  

 

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December 25 –  Merry Christmas

 

Optional -- Tunnel Drive

 

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January 1, 2020

 

Hike Leader:             Kevin Borre

Name of Hike:          Ecology Park - Grape Creek Trail

Hike Description:     From Cañon City take 1st Street south to Temple Canyon Road to Trailhead.

Starting Elevation:              5631 ft.

Elevation Change:               178 ft.

Distance:       3.24 miles in and out

Follow the main trail west at the bottom of the hill, proceed through a fence opening and continue in a westerly direction past the south canyon trails.  At the bottom follow the dry wash to Grape Creek.  Return by reversing the route.    

 

 

 

January 8, 2020

 

Hike Leader:             Kevin Borre

Name of Hike:          Brush Hollow

 

Hike Description:     From Cañon City go east on Hwy 50, turn left on Hwy 67 (Phantom Canyon Road), proceed 10.7 miles to CR 123.  Turn east.  Proceed    to F42 (Brush Hollow Nature Preserve) and follow north to Dam Area parking.

Starting Elevation:  5,341 ft.

Elevation Change:   138 ft.

Distance:                   2.58 mile loop

The trail starts by crossing the Dam, follow the trail to the left keeping the reservoir on your left. At about the ¾ mile mark you will encounter a steep downward hillside.  The trail is not very clear.  Use caution and pick your way down the hillside.  You will end up at a boat ramp and parking area.  At this point follow the road north, keeping the reservoir on your left, which will eventually bring you back to the parking area.

 

 

 

January 15, 2020

 

Hike Leader:             Kevin Borre

Name of Hike:          Narrows of Red Canyon

 

Hike Description:     From Cañon City take Field Ave. north until it intersects with Red Canyon Road.  Continue north on Red Canyon Road 7 miles to the entrance of Red Canyon Park.  Turn left into the park and drive 0.9 tenths of a mile to a dry creek crossing with a pit toilet and parking area.

Starting Elevation:  6,187 ft.

Elevation Change:   367 ft.

Distance:       3.25 miles

From the parking area follow the dry creek bed west. Stay on the main stream bed. The stream follows a red rock canyon and at times passes through rock cuts no more than 4ft. wide. Continue following the main stream bed for about 1.25 miles where it intersects with a dirt road.  Follow the dirt road back to the trailhead.

 

 

 

January 22, 2020

 

Hike Leader:             Kevin Borre

Name of Hike:          Pegmatite Quarry

Hike Description:     New Trail in Royal Gorge Area

Starting Elevation:

Elevation Change:

Distance:       Drive to Royal Gorge.  The trailhead is the first one found on the right.

 

 

 

January 29, 2020

 

Hike Leader:             Kevin Borre

Name of Hike:          Oil Well Flats Island in the Sky

Hike Description:    

Starting Elevation:

Elevation Change:

Distance:  North of Cañon City off of Red Canyon Road:

 

February 2020 Hikes - Bob & Ron

February 5

Hike Leader:             Bob Horn     

Name of Hike:          Dirty Gulch 

Distance:                   Approximately 4 miles

Gain:                          Approximately 300 feet

Easy to Moderate

Directions to Trailhead:  Drive west of Canon City on US 50 to Cotopaxi.  Turn right on Rte. 12 to mile marker “6”.  Trailhead is on left, parking on right in field. 

Great view of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

 

February 12.

Hike Leader:             Bob Horn     

Name of Hike:          Five Points Gulch (East Fork)

Distance:                   Approximately 4 miles

Gain:                          Approximately 390 feet

Easy to Moderate

Directions to Trailhead:  Drive west of Canon City on US 50 for about 20 miles.  The entrance to Five-Point trail is about 250 feet before highway marker 257.  Continue driving past the mile marker for approximately ½ mile around wide curve.  Carefully make a U-turn using the wide area on right side of the highway.  Drive back to mile marker 256 and continue for about 520 feet, cross bridge.  Park on the shoulder of US 50 just beyond the opening to 5-Point Gulch.  Go up far enough to be on level ground.

 

February 19

Hike Leader:             Ron MacFarlane

Name of Hike:          Badger Creek (SOUTH)

Distance:                   Approximately 3 ½ miles

Gain:                          Approximately 250 feet 

Rated:                        Moderate 

Directions to Trailhead:  Route 50 West for approximately 40 miles to Vallie Bridge Road just East of Howard.  Take Route 45, North side of river west approximately 6 miles to parking area.

Hike Description:  there will be some large boulders to climb and a few creek crossings depending on weather conditions and possible ice.

 

February 26

Hike Leader:             Ron MacFarlane

Name of Hike:          B.N.S.F. Railroad Tunnel at Swissvale

Distance:                   Approximately 3 miles

Gain:                          Approximately 150 feet

Easy

Directions to Trailhead:  Route 50 West to Wellsville approximately 48 miles.  Turn off of route 50 to Route 45 East.  Approximately 4 miles to parking area North side of Arkansas River.

Hike Description:   We will walk the river road and the railroad track to the tunnel and then East to Badger Creek Bridge.  Then we will walk back to the vehicles on the river road.  This area is known as Bighorn Sheep Canyon”.