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




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.


July hikes
7/5 St. Charles Peak
7/13 Meeting Day: Oak Creek Grade Mine Ruins
7/20 West Bear
7/27 Horse Thief's Trail
August Hikes
August 3            Newlin Creek                                                          Leader:  Tammy Hodge
                        South from Florence on CSH 67 ca. 4.5 mi., west on CR 15 ca 5.5 mi. to Florence Mtn. Park.  Trailhead is on west side of the park. The trail is easy for approximately the first .5 miles.  It becomes moderate after that.  There are single track and loose stone areas.  The trail was formerly a logging road, although impossible to tell now!  An old steam boiler, flywheel, and chimney are all that remain of a sawmill operation at the destination. Round trip distance: 6 miles.  Starting elevation: 6750 ft. Ending elevation: 8110 ft. Elevation gain: 1360 ft. Relative Hike Difficulty: 8.2
August 10            Road Clean-Up & Meeting Day
August 17            Canyon Rim Trail at the Royal Gorge             Leader:  Ron MacFarland
August 24            Hike Angel of Shavano Trail                            Leader:  John Kearney
(1)                     Proceed west from downtown Cañon City on Hwy 50 past Salida to
                 Poncha Springs for 6o miles.
(2)            Turn right on Hwy 285 and then left again proceeding west on Hwy 50 to Maysville for 6 miles.
(3)            Turn right on Chaffee County Road 240 and proceed 4 miles to Angel of Shavano campground per sign.
(4)            Angel of Shavano is off right side of road-park here.
(5)            This hike is moderate for 0.8 miles with a vertical climb of 450 feet and the trail is rocky in places.
(6)            After 0.8 miles, the trail enters into a cool forest glade and then on to beautiful aspen groves.  The trail here and beyond is well developed, easy and goes up and down gently.
(7)            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 would like.
(8)            This hike is well within the capability of most of our hikers.  However, if you have difficulty at elevation, it is not recommended.  The trailhead is a 9200 feet and the elevation gain is 6 to 700 feet.  Ending elevation: 9900 ft.  Relative Hike Difficulty: 4.6.  This is one of the prettier hikes we can do and the forest will help to cool at a hot time of year.     Be sure to bring plenty of water.       And your lunch.  
Augus31     Lyon’s Canyon                                                          Leader:  Bill Slaichert
Directions:            From Hwy 50 in Cañon City, go south on 9th Street until 9th Street turns into Elm Ave. at the roundabout.  Take the elm Street Exit to the right off the roundabout.  Proceed west to the corner and turn south.  The campground is approximately 15 miles on the left.
Hike starts at Oak Creek Campground, off of Oak Creek Grade Road.  Hike to the meadow on top call Locke Park.  Great views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.