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The monthly Meeting of the Canonland Walkers and Hikers is held on 2nd Tuseday at 11: am at Mr. Ed Restaurant:  1201 Royal Gorge Blvd. Cañon City, CO 81212 




NAME: Cañon Vista,

 DIRECTIONS: Highway 50, left on 3A, 3miles to road                                          

  Summer Trail            to campground.  Parking at circle.

  To Far Out, to

   Le View the Rim

   Trail (Royal Gorge)

 LENGTH :     3.39 miles       

DIFFICULTY:   Moderate

ALTITDE:  6753'-7052'



 NAME:Red Rock Canyon, Open Space, Colorado Springs

DIRECTIONS: Take Hwy 115 to Colorado Springs.  

Turn left on Cheyenne (Safeway on one    corner and McDonalds on the other). 

Turn right on 8th Street to Hwy 24 West.  In

about 3 miles turn left on Ridge Road. 

Park in the first parking lot past the traffic circle.

Distance from Cañon City: 49 miles.

Start on Mesa Trail, then turn left on Roundup

Trail, then left on Quarry Pass Cutoff. 

Here we can stop for snack and/or rest. 

Then back Red Rock Canyon Path past pond and pavilion. 

Turn left to Parking lot to return to where we started.

LENGTH : 3.43  miles 


ALTITDE:  Beginning 6075’  with gain 482'



May 2019 Hikes

Remember that May will be the change of time to 8:00 A. M.


May Hikes

5/1/2019                        Jerry Johnson/Pam Bellamy      Table Mountain Trail North – Upper Beaver Creek

Direction to Trailhead:  Drive east from Cañon City on State Highway 50 to traffic light for Four Mile Lane (N/Mackenzie Blvd. (N).  Turn left (N) onto Four Mile Lane then take the first (immediate) right (east) onto CR123.  Continue East on CR123 for 12.2 2miles to the intersection with CR132 (Beaver Creek Road).  Turn left (north) onto CR132 and drive 8.1 miles to the parking area.  About 17.15 miles one-way from Cañon City.

Length of Hike: About 5 miles (round trip)

Beginning Elevation:          6131’

Elevation Change:          473 ft.

Difficulty:          Easy to moderate depending on weather conditions.Rel.D.=3.4

Description:  The combined Trail Gulch and Table Mountain trailhead heads northeast following a dirt track.  After about 0.18 miles from the trailhead, the trails split with the Trail Gulch heading north (left).  The Table Mountain Trail continues northeast along the northern side of Table Mountain.  It has wonderful views of Gulch Trails to the north and of the surrounding mountains.  A note of caution – the first part of the trail is steep and rocky, and when the trail is wet this section can be muddy.


5/8/2019                        Jerry Johnson/Pam Bellamy    Lookout Mountain Trail  (From Gulch Road)

Direction to Trailhead:  Drive West on Hwy 50 to Copper Gulch Road.  Turn right on Copper Gulch Road and follow it for about 13 miles to Gulch Road (CR 23).  Continue for about 3.25 miles to dirt road on right (north) where you will see a trail/road sign (6162).  Turn right and follow the dirt road about 175 ft. to area wide enough to park. There is not trailhead marker.  Recommend 4-wheel vehicles.  About 39 miles one-way.

Length of Hike: About 4 miles (round trip to peak)

Beginning Elevation:  7,387 feet

Elevation Change:  About 1,000

Difficulty:  Moderate     Relative Dif.=6.2

Description:  This hike starts at the parking area.  We will hike up this dirt road about two-thirds of the way then continue along a narrow trail to the summit.  From there we can walk around the front of the large outcropping that is the summit of Lookout Mountain.

This is a pretty trail with great views of the Sangre and Wet Mountains.  It also has lots of interesting rock outcroppings and also interesting rocks.


5/15/2019                        Jerry Johnson/Pam Bellamy      Squirrel Creek Trail

Direction to Trailhead:  From Cañon City go 5.8 miles east on Royal Gorge Blvd. (US HWY 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 CO165 for 7 miles just past Bishop’s Castle.  Turn left onto FSR 382 (at the trail sign) and travel 1.24 miles on the dirt road to the Davenport Picnic area.  One-way distance is about 48 miles from Cañon City.


Length of Hike: About 5 miles (round trip)

Beginning Elevation:  8461 feet

Elevation Change:  930 feet

Difficulty:  Easy,  Relative Dif.=6.1

Description:  This trail has a fascinating history. In 1919, the US Forest Service selected the Squirrel Creek area as a major recreational site.  Through the vision of landscape architect Frank Waugh and the master plan of landscape architect Arthur Carhart a road from Beulah was constructed along Squirrel Creek.  Also constructed was an Adirondack campground and picnic shelter and from 1923-24 the two story Squirrel Creek Lodge.  Unfortunately a major flood destroyed the road, campground and lodge in 1947.  Remnants of three structures including the lodge foundation and bridge supports can still be seen.

The Squirrel Creek trail loses elevation as it heads in a southeastern/eastern direction along Squirrel Creek, following ravines, crossing a rockslide area and over ridges.  After about 1.75 miles from the trailhead and 10 steam crossings, the trail reaches the foundation of the old Squirrel Creek Lodge.  We will continue down the trail for another 0.7 miles or so before heading back up the trail past Davenport Campground and to the parking area.  The trail continues for another 1.3 miles to the intersection of Dome Rock Trail, and after another ¾ mile to the replacement Adirondack-style pavilion and picnic area.  Unfortunately, this lower section of the trail and the camping/picnicking facility are infrequently used because of the distance from the Davenport trailhead.  When this facility was constructed you could hike up a relatively short distance to it from the Beulah side of the creek.  The current owners of the land just below the southern end of the trail will not allow hiker to cross their property.



5/22/2019                        Jerry Johnson/Pam Bellamy

Little Rainbow – Methodist Mountain – Salida

Direction to Trailhead:          Take US HWY 50 West to Salida.  Turn left (South) on CR107 (Divide Dr).  CR 107 is located at the first traffic light West of McDonalds.  Continue South on CR107 for about 0.75 miles, and then continue south on Cr 108 for approximately

1.3 miles to the Little Rainbow Trail.  The trail is accessed from both sides of the road.  For the hike, take the trail from the Eastern side of CR 108.  About 33 miles one-way from Cañon City.

Length of Hike:  Approximately 5 miles (round trip)

Beginning Elevation:  7643’ 

Elevation Change:  About 110’

Difficulty:  Easy ,  Relative. Dif= 0.8

Description:  This is an easy hike with little elevation gain.  The trail takes you along the Eastern side of Little Rainbow Trail and the first section of the Race Track Trail.  It is located south of Salida with great views of the city located below.  It also has excellent views of Methodist Mountain located to the South.  There also are interesting hoodoos along a section of the Race Track Trail.


5/29/2019                        Jerry Johnson/Pam Bellamy

Marion Lake from County Road 396

Direction to Trailhead:  From Florence, take Colorado 67 Southwest to Colorado 96.  Take a right (West) on Colorado 96 and continue to the junction with Colorado 165.  Take Colorado 165 South to Ophir Creek Road (County360).  County 360 is just North of Bishop’s Castle.  Turn onto County 360 and follow this gravel road for 12.42 miles as it takes you over cattle guards and through gates.  After about 8.16 miles and a sharp turn to the Southeast the road becomes County Road396.  Continue on CR 396 and after you pass mile marker 12, look for a logging road on your left (It is easy to miss).  It splits with the left branch dropping down steeply.  Take the right branch as it takes you more gradually down to a large grassy expanse with a stream flowing down the center (swale) that runs southwest to Northwest.  There is room to park just after you clear the trees.  About 52 miles one-way from Cañon City.

Length of Hike: About 4.8 miles (round trip)

Beginning Elevation:  10,978’

Elevation Change:  183’

Difficulty:  Easy,   Relative Dif.=1.4

Description:  This trail takes you northeast down a marshy area (swale) comprised of clumped grasses and thickets of willows along the bank of the stream.  After about 0.7 miles, the swale widens and turns more easterly then turning southeasterly as it continues down to Marion Lake and dam.  We will cross the lake along the dam then continue east in the swale to the St. Charles Trail.  Located a short distance up the St. Charles is a large rock formation that makes an excellent location fro a lunch break. 

A Note of Caution:  Depending on the weather the trail may be wet throughout the swale.



June hike will be posted soon --ASAP


July/2/2019 Foose 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. High clearance vehicles are recommended.


Hiking Distance:  Optional 4 to 8 miles Round Trip (In and Out) Beginning elevation: 9560 feet Elevation change: 278 feet Difficulty: Easy

Description: Trail follows a creek part way. Then it passes a pond where moose have been sighted. Many wildflowers and wooded almost all the way. Bridges at the water crossings.

July/10/2019 Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Direction to trailhead: Take Hwy 50 to CO 9 for 8.6 miles, turn right on High Park Rd. In 18 miles turn right onto County Rd 11. In 4.1 miles turn left unto Teller County Rd 1. In 6.7 miles Turn left. Total miles 41. Note the fee is $7.00 per person if you do not have your National Parks Card.


Hiking Distance:  5. 8 or 8 miles Loop Beginning elevation: Approx. 8700 Elevation change: 150 Difficulty: Easy

Description: Beginning at the Visitor Center we will head to the Stump Shelter where we will pick up the Ponderosa Loop. We will take the Sawmill Trail to the Left, then a Left at the Hans Loop. We will pass the Ponderosa Loop turnoff and continue on to the Boulder Creek Trail. When we reach the Hornbek Wildlife Loop, those who would like to do this loop and make it an 8 mile hike can do so. The other will continue on to the Pondersa Loop past the Stump Shelter Amphitheater making a 5.8 hike.


The hike features petrified stumps and fossils.


7/17/2019 Holbert Cabin Trail

Direction to trailhead: Travel east on highway 50 to Phantom Canyon Road then turn north and continue for about 13.4 miles until you come to an rusty orange-red colored, steel, bridge curving around to the left (west). The parking area is on the right side of the Phantom Canyon Road just before you reach the bridge. The unmarked, gated trail head is located just north of the parking area to your right. Driving distance is about 19.4 miles one way.

Length of hike: 3.75 miles round trip (In and Out) Beginning elevation: 7141 feet Elevation change: 319 feet Difficulty: Easy

Description: At the trail head, go through the gate, closing it after you pass through. The trail parallels the east fork of Eight Mile Creek for about 0.94 miles. The creek then divides with the East Fork turning to the left (west). Holbert Cabin is located on the west side of the east fork just after the stream divides. The trail follows the other branch as it meanders to the right (east). The trail slowly gains in elevation and crosses the stream a few times as it passes through stands of white firs and scattered Fraser firs and ponderosa pines. Willows and cottonwood trees are scattered along the stream bank. Rocky cliffs are visible at times through the trees. Near the end of the trail you pass by a second cabin nestled in the trees so that it is easily overlooked. Just beyond the cabin is a second gate taking you onto BLM property. Again, shut the gate after passing through.

7/24/2019 Adobe Peak (new)

Direction to trailhead: From Wetmore take Hwy 96 South to Bear Basin Ranch (Road 271). In 5.3 miles turn right onto FR road 274. Continue for 2.2 miles. Trailhead is on the right side of the road.

Length of Hike: A couple of options, 4 or 5 miles round trip Loop. Beginning elevation: 8840 feet Elevation change: 703 feet Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Description: Single file trail through aspens and pines along a small creek. Connects to a ATV road on top. Optional loop on the road and back down, or other direction on road down to single track trail.

7/31/2019 Angel of the Shavano

Direction to trailhead: From Poncha Springs turn right on Hwy 285 and then left again proceeding west on Hwy 50 to Maysville for 6 miles. Turn right on Chaffee County Road 240 and proceed 4 miles to Angel of Shavano campground sign. Trailhead is off right side.


Length of Hike: 4.6 miles round trip (In and Out). Beginning elevation: 9200 feet Elevation change: 70 feet Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Description: This hike is moderate for 0.8 miles with a vertical climb of 450 feet and the trail is rocky in places.  Then trail enters a cool forest glade and on to beautiful aspen groves.  The trail here and beyond is well developed, easy and goes up and down gently.  A good lunch/turn around is where the Blank Cabin Trail intersects in a meadow that makes the one-way distance 2.3 miles.  Since this is a part of the Colorado trail, the hikers can go further if the group decides.