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





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. 

September 2016  Hikes

September Hikes 2016


September 7   Riverwalk at Buena Vista           Leader: Jerry Beatty

Go West on US 50 thru Salida and Poncha Springs ca. 58 miles to US 285.  Take US 285 North ca. 23 miles to Buena Vista.  At the stoplight, turn right on Mair St. and travel to a large parking area.  The trail begins at a bridge crossing the Arkansas River.  An easy hike with great view of the Sangre De Cristos.  Starts as a trail along the Arkansas River with many signs explaining history, mining, etc.

Travel distance: 81 miles(one way).


September 14          Picnic at Mountain View Park,           No Leader Needed


September 21          Crags                            Leader:  Jerry Beatty/Arlo Dupont

          From Village Inn take US 50 East to Hwy 115.  Turn North thru Penrose and continue North on CSH 115.  Turn East at Academy Boulevard and continue East to I-25.  Take I-25 North to CSH 24.  Turn left onto CSH 24 and proceed west to Divide.  Turn South on CSH 67 for 4.3 miles.  Look for a sign on the left for the turn to the Crags Campground.  Follow the road all the way to the loop.  There is no fee to park here for access to the trailhead.  From the trailhead after 0.1miles take trail labeled 664A.  It crosses a log bridge and begins the ascent.

Traveling miles: – 72

Elevation gain: - 755ft.

Length of Trail: - 4

Relative Difficulty: - 4.9



September 28   Oil Well Flats    Island in the Sky Trail 

Leaders:  Jerry Beatty/ Charles Rann

Go North on Red Canyon Road ca.7 miles.  Turn right at first dirt road.  This hike includes a trail built in 2013.  Great views of Sangre De Cristos and Cañon City.Travel Distance: 12mi., Trail distance: 4.5mi.,Elevation Gain: 550 ft, Relative Difficulty: 3.6


There is some technical problems in weekend hike web section, so the weekend hike is added here



Date: September 10th (Saturday)

Time: At Village Inn (7:00 am)

Elevation: 9,000 ft - 11,505 ft (2,505 ft. gain)

Travel Time: Approximately 1.5 hours

Hike time: Estimated to take about 7 hours (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

Hike distance: Approximately 6.8 miles each way

Hike coordinator: Kolleen Caricato (719)406-1832

Relative Difficulty:

Directions: From Poncho Springs, travel west on Highway 50 for approximately 2 miles. Turn left on County Road 220 and travel west on this road for about 1.75 miles to the junction with CR 221. CR 221 travel southwest for approximately 2 miles to the trailhead. A small pull-off is located on the right side of the road. From the trailhead, the road continues as Forest road 221 and travels south on a 4-wheel drive road to an old mining site.

Parking: Parking is limited to 3-4 vehicles at this trailhead.

Hiking: The Greens Creek trail follows the stream and winds its way up to the Continental Divide. Beaver ponds are found along the trail. Motorcycles are allowed and may be encountered along the way.  


HIKE LEADER   Kevin Borre              
Name of Hike   Oil Well Flats (new Trail created in 2013)              
Hike Description   (Directions) North on Red Canyon Road apx 7 miles past Marsh Quarry turn right on first              
  dirt road. High Clearance Vehicles preferred.                
  Hiking Distance, Elevation Gain, Difficulty Rating; 4 to 5 miles round trip New Trail not rated Moderate.                
  Trailhead T5940 This hike will be incorporating a trail built in 2013, great views of the San De Cristo Mts.                
  and Canon City, Elevation Change estimated at 500 to 600 ft. Over all trail is gentle elevation gains                
10/12/2016   MEETING DAY              
HIKE LEADER   Kevin Borre              
Name of Hike   Pegmatite Quarry              
Hike Description   (Directions) West on Hwy 50 to the turnoff to the North entrance of the Royal Gorge CR3A              
  South on CR3A about 3 miles to trailhead on right. Trailhead is apx 100 ft past Welcome Sign.                
  Hiking Distance, Elevation Gain, Difficulty Rating: 2.2 miles round trip 200 ft elevation gain Easy                
  The route follows an old road to a quarry containing large Quartz Crystals and lots of Mica. The route                
  offers grand views of Hwy 50, and the old tourist destinations along CR3A.                
HIKE LEADER   Kevin Borre              
Name of Hike   Beaver Creek Riparian Area              
Hike Description   (Directions) Hwy 50 East, left on Hwy 67 Phantom Canyon Rd. 1.7 miles to CR 123 Turn              
  right East1/4 mile to CR 132 Upper Beaver Creek Rd. Turn Left 8.1 miles Trailhead on Right.                
  Hiking Distance, Elevation Gain, Difficulty Rating; 4.5 miles round trip 200ft elevation Gain Easy.                
  Hike follows old roadway that parallel Beaver Creek. Hike requires crossing Beaver Creek at the                
  beginning by crossing across an old fallen tree. No Guarantee tree is still in place. Plastic trash bags                
  can be used to keep feet dry while wadding across creek. Old buildings and great Valley to see.                
HIKE LEADER   Kevin Borre              
Name of Hike   Trick or Treat ( Halloween Gathering)              
Hike Description   (Directions) To Be Determined              
  Possibilities for the day include Tour of Haunted Prison, Hike Greenwood Cemetery, Potluck party                
  at Borre Residence. (Hike the trails at Chandler Heights, Retell the history of the town of Chandler                
  and it's mining history, ghost stories) Hike around a corn maze, costume contest, and bring a carved                
  jack-o-lantern for a pumpkin carving contest.