Meet at Village Inn parking lot at 8:00 am every Wednesday during summer:
1837 Fremont Dr. Canon City
Upcoming Schedule of Wednesday Hikes
Length of Hike: 4.5 miles
Beginning Elevation: 7,800
Elevation Change: 820 feet
Directions to Trailhead: West on Highway #50 for 9.5 miles to Highway #9. Turn right (North) on #9, and then 8.5 miles to CR #11 (High Park Road). Turn right on #11 and follow it for 11.2 miles to trail head on left. Because the turnoff to the parking area is located on a blind curve, it is safer to continue north on #11 about 1.5 miles further to the Teller/Fremont County line where there is a wide pull-off adjacent to the highway that can be used for turning around. Once turned around, the parking area can be safely accessed from the southbound lane.
Description: The hike begins from a point next to CR #11, near the southwestern end of High Park. The hike consists of three stages. The first stage leads from the trailhead to the crest of a saddle, from which we take a short side trip to the top of a prominent vista point. The first stage is about a mile in length and reaches a maximum elevation of 8,320 feet. For the second stage we will drop back down to the crest of the saddle, then continue downhill 1.1 miles to the Barehills mining camp, which lies at an elevation of 7,880 feet. For the third stage we backtrack 2.1 miles to the crest of the saddle described in stage 1, which involved an elevation gain of 300 feet. More than half of the route for this hike is off-trail, but passes through mostly open prairie lands.
August 28, 2019 – Browns Creek
Length of hike: 5 ½ miles
Beginning elevation: 8,912 feet
Elevation Change: 898 feet
Direction to trailhead: Take U.S. Highway 50 west past Salida to Poncha Springs. At the traffic light (intersection of U.S. 50 and Colorado State Highway (CSH) 285 turn right (north) and continue 0.58 miles then turn right onto CSH 285 for 11.7 miles to county road (CR) 270. CR 270 is easy to miss. If you reach CR 240 you have driven too far. Turn right (west) onto CR 270 and continue for 1.5 miles to a 4-way intersection. Continue west on CR 272, a dirt road, for 2 miles to where CR 272 makes a ninety degree to the left (south). Continue south for 1.62 miles to the parking area and trail head. The trail head is located on the northwestern side of the parking area. A restroom and information signs are located on the west side of the trailhead. About 85 miles one way from Canon City.
Description: This is an especially scenic trail that ends at a picturesque water fall. It is moderately difficult with loose rocks scattered along some sections of the trail. From the trail head, the trail goes west through an open forest of mostly ponderosa pines. After 0.18 miles you will reach a gate that you will have to open. Be sure to close and secure the gate after passing through. From the gate, the trail soon makes a sharp curve to the northeast, then turns to the north and then to the west (Figure 1). From there, the trail follows the side of a ridge for about 1 mile. The openness of this section of trail affords excellent views of the mountain to the east. Further along this section are great views of Mt. Antero. This is the most arid section with mostly pinion pines, junipers and mountain mahogany growing along the trail. After 1.5 miles from the trailhead the Browns Creek Trail intersects the Colorado Trail. (The Colorado Trail turns north at this point.) After 0.2 miles, the Colorado Trail leaves the Browns Creek Trail turning southeast. Stay on the Browns Creek Trail as it goes south then turns more to the southwest and continues going southwest to the end of the trail (Figure 1). The first two water crossings are located along this section of the trail. The first one has a bridge crossing. The second has logs placed cross the stream. Lodgepole pines are predominant along this section of the trail. After about 2.4 miles from the trailhead the trail enters a long oval shaped alpine meadow. As you continue the trail makes two more relatively easy stream crossings. Logs have been placed across one crossing and a makeshift bridge across the other. Browns Creek is quite pretty at these locations. After another 0.14 miles the trail to the water falls makes a sharp turn to the left (south). A small brown sign marks this turn. You should be able to hear the water flowing over the falls located about 375 feet from the main trail. The main trail continues for 3 more miles to Browns Lake.
September Hikes - leader Bob Horn
September 4, 2019 -- Cemetery Wash Trail
Type: In & Out
Hike distance: 4.4 miles
Starting Elevation: 6,500 ft.
Elevation Gain: 600 ft.
Rated: easy to moderate
Closest City: Howard
Directions to trailhead: Highway 50 West 38.2 miles to Vallie Bridge on the right. Cross river. Cemetery on right, 2.5 miles. Park on west side.
[Reminder: CW&H Annual Picnic is on September 10]
September 11, 2019 -- California Girls
Type: One way. (We will park in 2 different parking areas, Bob will explain.)
Hike distance: 3.75 miles
Starting Elevation: 6,468 ft.
Elevation Gain: minimal
Rated: easy to moderate
Closest City: Canon City
Directions to trailhead: Highway 50 West to Royal Gorge to Mica Gorge Road
September 18, 2019 -- Blackmer Loop Trail (Cheyenne Mountain State Park)
Hike distance: 4.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 482 ft.
Closest City: Colorado Springs
Directions to trailhead: Route 115 North 28 miles. Turn left onto JL Ranch Heights Rd.
September 25, 2019 -- Deer Haven
Hike distance: 3.87 miles
Starting Elevation: 8,213 ft.
Elevation Gain: 253 ft.
Directions to trailhead: Highway 50 West to Colorado 9, 9.7 miles. Turn right (North) onto CO9 and continue for 8.6 miles to County Road 11 (High Park). Turn right onto CR11 and continue for a bout 5.2 miles to CR69. Turn right onto CR69 and proceed .8 miles to Road 5828 on your right. Follow Road 5828 for .7 miles through a gate to a large dirt parking area and trailhead. About 25.1 miles one way.