Meet at Village Inn parking before at 8:00 am every Wednesday during May thru September: 

1837 Fremont Dr. Canon City

[and before 9:00 am on every Wednesday during October thru April]

 

 

Upcoming Schedule of Wednesday Hikes 

 

 

Hike Summary:

8/3/2022 - Wachob Trail
8/10/2022 - Deer Peak
8/17/2022 - Nadia’s Loop
8/24/2022 - Carhart Trail Loop
8/31/2022 - Mingus Ranch FS Rd 321

 

 Wednesday, August 3: Wachob Trail

Length of trail: ~4 miles total, Difficulty: Easy

Beginning elevation 9000 ft; Elevation gain 160 ft.

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Wachob Trail #1319 . The Trail is 1 mile long and starts at 9,000 ft and tops out at 9,160 ft for a gain of 160 ft. This trail is rated easy. The official trail heads up to a rocky lookout area which reveals a great view of Lake Isabel and surrounding campgrounds and cabins. There is a flagpole at the top flying the American Flag. Once we hike up to the overlook we will take off cross country to explore the area of old and recent logging roads which wrap around the West end of the Boy Scout Ranch up along a ridge, then back to the parking area. Views to the North- East towards Pueblo can be seen. This hike will be close to 4 miles as we explore this National Forest area beyond the Wachob Trail.

Driving directions: At Florence take Hwy 67 South to Wetmore. At Wetmore take Hwy 96 West/left to Mackenzie Junction. Turn Left onto Hwy 165 and travel about 17 miles to Forest Service Rd #380. It will be marked out on the hwy with a sign. Drive up the road to the end to parking, about 3.4 miles. Trailhead is located off Hwy 165 one mile North of Lake Isabel off FS Rd. #380/Boy Scout Ranch Rd. Lots of parking as this is a county road with a loop at the end.

Drive time is approximately 1.5 hrs.

 

Wednesday, August 10: Deer Peak Trail

Length of hike: 4.5-50 miles, Difficulty: Moderate due to elevation Beginning elevation: 10,000 ft; Elevation Gain 1500 ft

This hike will take us along Forest Service Rd #401 to the top of Deer Peak. Once up top we will have Majestic Views of the Sangres. Along the way are views of the Sangres and the valley below. We will have good footing as 401 is a service road for the transmission towers on top of the peak. The gain is gradual; return will be downhill.

Driving Directions: From Florence take Hwy 67 over to Wetmore. Turn right at Wetmore (67 and 96). Take 96 West to McKenzie Junction. Turn left onto Hwy 165. Stay on 165 until you get to Ophir Creek Rd. (Campgrounds) FS RD 360/361. Turn right onto Ophir Creek Rd. At Snyder Gulch bear left and proceed up 360/361 until the junction of 369 and 401. “Four Corners”. There is space for parking at Four Corners. Hike will begin there at FS Rd 401. Approximately

1.5 hour drive from Canon City. Ophir Creek road can be “washboard bumpy”.

 

Wednesday, August 17: Nadia’s Loop

Length of hike: 3.5-4.5 miles Difficulty: Moderate Beginning elevation: 6700 ft; Elevation Gain: 550 ft

Little known Nadia’s Memorial Loop is a very nice 3.5 mile loop starting at the South Creek Trailhead parking off Hwy 165. Trailhead begins at 6700 ft. We will “bushwack” from the parking lot a short distance East to an old logging road. We will have to climb over some downed trees and there will be vegetation in some areas. This road will eventually turn and head North. After following it for about 1.5 miles we will come to the end of the road where we pick up a narrow single- track trail which will connect to another logging road. On a tree in this area is the sign “Nadia Brelje Memorial Loop”, watch for it. This logging road heads West down through Lion Park past the South Creek trail junction and back to the parking area. We can add another mile or so on a spur to bring the mileage up to 4.5. The hike is moderate. Beautiful aspen groves, Lots of scenery and a great view of Pikes Peak and Wet Mountains.

Driving directions: From Canon City take 115 to Hwy 67 at Florence. Head South on 67 to Wetmore. At Wetmore take Hwy 96 West to MacKenzie Junction. Turn Left onto Hwy165 and travel about 15 miles to the turnoff for the South Creek Trailhead FS Rd #327. It is marked by a sign along 165. It is on the left side of 165 just past the St. Charles trailhead parking. Drive

down to the parking area. Approximately 1.5 hrs drive time.

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Wednesday, August 24: Carhart Trail Loop

Length of hike: 4.5 miles + up to 2 miles of side trips Difficulty: Moderate due to add-ons. Beginning elevation: 6500 ft; Elevation change: 800 ft.
Difficulty: Moderate

Our hike will start at the Horseshoe Lodge at Pueblo Mountain Park. This hike will be a loop. We will head over to Northridge Trail, take a side trip into Devil’s Canyon. Then continue on Northridge to the top where the trail connects to Mountain Park Trail. The climb along Northridge Trail is steeper and rocky. Mountain Park Trail drops down through a forested canyon to Squirrel Creek Trail. A short trip over to the Squirrel Creek picnic shelter will add a mile or so. (This is optional.) We then take Squirrel Creek Trail to the connection with the Carhart Trail. Carhart Trail takes us back up and into Pueblo Mountain Park past the old Stock Arena and Archery Range. Follow the road back up the old stone staircase to the parking lot.

Driving directions: From Canon City take 115 to Hwy 67 in Florence. Take Hwy 67 South to Wetmore. At Wetmore turn right onto Hwy 96. Follow Hwy 96 to CR 387 towards North Creek campground and Beulah. CR 387 becomes CR 212 (Northcreek Rd.) at the North Creek Campground. Stay on it until you reach Pine Drive in Beulah Valley. Turn right onto Pine Drive and follow until you take a sharp right on Pueblo Mountain Park Rd and follow to the Horseshoe Lodge. Park at the Horseshoe Lodge.

Wednesday, August 31: Round Top Mountain w sidetrip to Mingus Homestead

Length of hike: 4.9 miles + less than 1 mile to Homestead Beginning elevation: 9423 ft; Elevation gain 465 ft.

This hike will start on FS rd 383 as we head to the Mingus Homestead from the parking area. We will then go back (1/2m) to pick up FS rd 321. Hiking up 321 we will be at the base of Round Top Mountain. This is a road leading to dispersed camping spots. As we hike up signs of the Junkins fire can be seen. At the junction of FS rd 321 and 321a we will go Left onto 321a. Follow 321a to the end where we will “bushwack” about 1/3 of a mile up through a meadow with downfall. At the edge of the meadow is the end of FS rd 321. Once on 321 again it will be downhill the rest of the way. Views of the Eastern plains and a quick view of the Sangres. Starting elevation 9423ft. 465ft elevation gain. 4.9 miles with less than a mile added to walk over to Mingus.

Driving directions: From Canon City take 115 to Hwy 67 in Florence. Take Hwy 67 South to Wetmore. At Wetmore turn right onto Hwy 96. Follow Hwy 96 to MacKenzie Junction. Turn left onto Hwy 165. Follow 165 about 8 miles to FS rd 383/Ditch Creek Rd. Turn left onto 383 to

parking.

 

 

 

 

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Bonus Hike:

 

July 1st Waterdogs Lake


Directions: Drive west from Canon City on #50 through Salida to Maysville. Continue on #50 west another 8.4 miles to the trailhead on the right.  Not easy to spot.

Length of Hike: 3.2 miles
Starting Elevation:  10,353
Elevation Change: 1,062


Description of Hike:  Definitely not a stroll through Garden of the Gods.  The hike starts at over 10,000 ft and ends at over 11,000 ft. The trail follows a river part of the way and is very pretty, then winds back through a lush green conifer forest, up rocky inclines to follow a powerline trail. It is pretty much a steady climb to the first lake.  Beautiful, and some say the second lake is even more beautiful.

 

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July 2022 Hikes

 

7/6/2022 Fooses Creek
7/13/2022 Bartlett Trail
7/20/2022 Marion Mine Ruins
7/27/2022 Alpine Tunnel

 

 

Fooses Creek Trail

 

Direction to trailhead: From Salida continue West on Hwy 50 past Ponca Springs.  Turn south on CO Road 225 about 2.5 miles to the trailhead.  Four-wheel drive is not needed, but some clearance is recommend as the last section is a little rocky.

 

4 Miles in and out
Beginning Elevation 9560 feet
Elevation Change 278

 
The trail climbs gently for over a mile to some beaver ponds and runs along and across Fooses Creek through the forest.  It is well developed and there are bridges where crossing is necessary.  The trail is a regular favorite of the club.

 


Bartlett Trail #1310

 

Directions to trailhead: Canon City east on Hwy 50, 7 miles to Hwy 67. Turn right/South on Hwy 67 and follow to Wetmore – turn right (west) onto Hwy 96, follow west to Hwy 165. Turn left (south) onto Hwy 165 and travel 16 miles to Boulder Ave in Rye. Turn right/south onto Boulder Ave for 0.9 mile to Granger Dr. Left/East onto Granger Drive for 0.2 mile, then turn south onto Hunter Rd. Follow Hunter Rd 0.7 mile to Baxter Rd. Turn west/right onto Baxter Rd and follow it 0.5 mile, then turn south/left. Follow Bartlett Trail Rd 2.6 miles to limited parking. The road prior to the limited parking area can be very muddy when wet. When this section of road is wet from the limited parking area, high clearance vehicles can follow the road another 0.3 mile to a larger parking area and the trailhead. We will be driving to the larger parking area and trailhead.

Length of Hike: 5 miles round trip - out and back


Beginning elevation: 8,000
Elevation gain: 1,200’
Rating: Difficult

 

Description: We will head west from parking lot to a registration box and a junction (about 2 minutes up the trail). We will take the right fork at the junction, following some switchbacks and good views. The first mile to mile and half, the trail is narrow with vegetation close to the trail. We will hike to North Apache Creek (a sizable creek) and stop there for lunch. Return the same route.

 


Marion Mine Trail

 

Direction to trailhead: From Canon City go 5.8 miles east on Royal Gorge Blvd./US 50. Turn right (south) on Colorado (CO) 67/Phantom Canyon Road. Continue on CO 67 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 Lake Isabel then turn right (west) at the Lake Isabel Recreational Area entrance. Shortly after you turn onto Park Road 371 you will reach a guard shack. The daily U.S. Forest Service fee is $6.00 or $3.00 if you have a National Park Service Golden Age Pass. Follow the directions to the Cisneros 1314 trail head located about 1.95 miles west. One way distance is about 48.6 miles 

 

Length of hike: About 4. miles (round trip)
Beginning elevation: 8852 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,030

 

Description: This is very nice Wet Mountain hiking trail.  The trail follows the Cisneros Trail (Trail 1314) for the first mile. For the first approximately half mile, it goes in a westerly direction along the north side of the St. Charles River ravine. The ascent along this section is moderate. It then turns sharply to the south continuing along the rim of the St. Charles River ravine. The trail then makes a bend to the northwest, leaving the ravine and continuing generally in a northwest direction to the intersection with the St. Charles Trail (Trail 1326). The Cisneros Trail continues to the west. The St. Charles Trail heads northwest. Continue on the Cisneros Trail. After another 0.5 miles the trail again splits. The Cisneros trail continues southwest. A smaller sign indicates the Marion cabin and mine trail heads northwest. Take the Marion trail. Follow it for 0.45 miles to the cabin, and another 0.21 miles to the mine.  The trail takes you through a forest of tall white fir along the lower elevations that gradually change to Colorado blue spruce and stately aspens along the higher elevations. The picturesque St. Charles River parallels the trail on the lower part of the trail and the Amethyst Creek along the Marion Trail. There are great views of the mountains and interesting outcroppings to the east. 

 


Alpine Tunnel- St. Elmo

 

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 for 0.58 miles. Turn right onto CSH 285 and drive for 15.59 miles to Chalk Road (County Road)162 just before Nathrop, CO. Turn left (west) onto Co 162 and continue 15.5 miles to Forest Service Road 295. (There will be a large brown sign indicating St. Elmo is straight ahead and FSR 295 goes to the left) Turn left on FSR 295 and drive for approximately 5.6 miles to parking area and trail head. You will pass over a bridge just before you reach the parking area. The trail head is located on the northwestern side of the parking area. About 98 miles one way.

 

Length of hike: 5.7 miles RT
Beginning elevation: 11,044 feet
Elevation change: 574 feet
Difficulty: Moderate

 

Description: This is an especially scenic, interesting and historic trail. It follows an old narrow gauge railroad bed about 3 miles to the site of the south portal of the Alpine Tunnel (Figure 2). In some sections railroad ties can still be seen embedded in the trail (Figure 2). The tunnel connected St. Elmo and Pitkin, Colorado although the railroad continued to Gunnison, Colorado. Construction of the tunnel began in 1879 and the tunnel was open to traffic in 1891. Due to a series of avalanches, accidents and fatalities the tunnel was abandoned in 1910. This tunnel is still the highest in altitude and longest in North America.  About 0.4 miles from the trail head you will reach a locked green metal gate. Walk around the north side of the gate. Continue along the trail as is slowly gains in elevation through a Colorado blue spruce forest. After about 0.33 miles, the trail makes a broad curve to the south then continues back to the northwest. This curve, known as Sawmill Curve, was infamous because of the several train wrecks that occurred here as the trains descended downhill from the south portal of the tunnel. An information sign describes the curve in more detail. After about 1.27 miles the trail turns west and continues in that direction to the end of the hike. After about 2 miles the trail leaves the forest and goes through a much more open area to the end of the trail. This section provides excellent views of the mountains to the east and northeast (Figure 3) and the valley below. Here wild flowers bloom in great abundance and color during late summer (Figure 4). They are found all along the trail.
At the end of the trail you will reach the location of the southern portal of the tunnel (Figure 5). There are two information signs just beyond the portal location that describe the tunnel and the difficulty workers faced during the construction. Return the way you came for a round trip distance of 6 miles. A note of caution, snow melt in late spring an early summer, and summer thunder storms can result in water flowing across the trail in several locations and also down the trail making the trail slippery and wet.