The monthly Meeting of the Canonland Walkers and Hikers is held on 2nd Wednesday at El Alazan Restaurant: 1925 Fremont Dr. Canon City (between Shell gas station and Village Inn restaurant, on the north side of I-50) at 10:30 A.M.
Meeting starting at 11 A.M.
Starting in April : Will meet at Village Inn at 8.00 AM
May 18 The Banks Leader: Forrest Borre
Easy hike, about 4 miles round trip. Near Red Canyon Park.
May 25 Five Point Gulch Leader: Arlo Dupont
Moderate 4.5 round trip. Some elevation gain
Directions: Highway 50 west toward Cotopaxi to mile marker 260. Park on South side of road, by bridge. The trail access is beneath the bridge. Travel distance from VI is ca. 22 mi. RT distance of hike: 6 mi.. Elevation gain: 1360 ft. Relative Hike difficulty: 8.6.
June 2016 Hikes
Planned by Evonne Carron
June 1 Castlewood Canyon State Park East Canyon Preservation Trail
This is a 4-mile trail of moderate difficulty.
Directions: US 50 to C115, to I25. Take exit 153 for Inter Quest Parkway. Continue onto CO 83 to the Park, about 1.5 hours. Address of park office is 2989 South CO 83, Franktown, CO 80116. $7 Daily fee will be required for each vehicle.
June 8 Tunnel Drive Meeting Day at El Alazan
4 miles round trip, easy walk
June 15 Florissant Fossil Beds National Park
Directions: US50 west to CO 9,then right on CO11 (High Park Road) to Matterhorn Dr. in Teller County, follow Matterhorn Dr. Red Cloud Road and Saddleback Dr. to Black Mesa Circle. Address is 496 Black Mesa Circle, Florissant, CO.
We will start with the Petrified Forest Loop - 1 mile – Easy
This trail leads through the bed of ancient Lake Florissant. It passes numerous giant petrified redwood tree stumps. Including the colorful “Big Stump”. The trail also passes the historic “Scudder” excavation pit. This trail starts behind the outdoor exhibit area.
Then we will move on to the Hornbek Wildlife Loop – 4 miles Moderate Difficulty
Following meadows, the trail to the Hornbek Homestead crosses land once covered by ancient lake Florissant. The return route overlooks the ancient lakebed and the mountain ranges beyond Florissant.
June 22 Brush Hollow Reservoir
Hike will be around the reservoir. About 1.5 miles. Difficulty is Easy to Moderate, depending on lake levels, the hike varies to avoid the water. Directions: East on US 50, North on CO 115, West on 3rd Street in Penrose, right on F42. Don’t take the road to the boat ramp (east side). We will park at a picnic area on the east side. The road is often very rough including driving over some bare rock. Recommend a higher clearance vehicle.
June 29 Rainbow Gulch
Hike will be from the trailhead 1.3 miles to the reservoir. Uphill easy hike. Depending on the feeling of the group we may continue alone the reservoir a bit. This is an out and back hike.
Directions: A little over 1.5 hour drive. US 50 to CO9, north on CO 9 to CO 11. Turn right on Teller CO 42 (twin rocks road) to US 42. Turn right toward Woodland Park. From Highway 24 in Woodland Park turn of the highway at the stoplight next to McDonalds. (only one choice of direction to turn). This road becomes Rampart Range Road. Follow this road as it takes you North through the town. After the road gets past town it will come to a Y just after some large water tanks. Take the right branch of this Y and continue to a 4-way intersection. This intersection will have a sign directing you to turn right to go towards Rampart Reservoir. Turn right. After a few miles keep an eye out for a large parking area on the left side of the road with a large fence and gate. This is the parking for Rainbow Gulch trail.