Hikers meet on Wednesdays, at 8:00 am, North of the Village Inn parking starting in May

The monthly Meeting of the Canonland Walkers and Hikers is held on 2nd Wednesday at Cañon Coffee Cafe 10:30 A.M.

Meeting starting at 11 A.M. 





July 15                                      YMCA PEAK     Leader: Jerry Beatty

Drive west on US50 to CR3 then south on CR3 to junction of CR3 and CR28 (Copper Gulch Road) turn left and continue on CR3 approx. 1 mile to CR3A, then go southeast on 3A for about 3 miles to BLM Rd6100, then north 3.25 miles.

Distance/Time: Approx. 3.5 miles RT (3hrs). , elevation gain-330 ft. Rated: 2.6. Ave slope: 3.5%.

Description: Awesome overlook of Canon City and tremendous vistas of Arkansas River and Grape Creek.


July 22          Shaw Park Natural Arch (Red Canyon)  Leader: Charles Rann

West on US 50 for 3.5 miles to CR69. North on CR69 4miles to trailhead. Hiking distance about 2 miles. From parking lot cross over BLM gate by windmill.  The trail proceeds east, then turns north and then westerly to the arch.

Description: Beginning elevation 6,400 ft., final elevation 6,650 ft . Calculated difficulty 4.3. Very fetching appearance of the arch and beautiful view of valley below.


July 29  St. Charles Creek Natural Arch  Leader : Dave Bell

From Wetmore take CSH 96 west to CSH 165. Turn south on to CSH 165 and continue to one mile past St. Isabel Lake, turn left onto Old St. Isabel Rd and go 2.3 miles.  Turn left onto Don Carlos Trail access road to parking area.

Rating: Beginning elevation 8000 ft., ending elevation: 7,600 ft. Calculated Difficulty: 3.7  RT 2.5 miles.

Description: The arch was formed by the collapse of the lower part of an alpine cirque (deep basin) in which, over eons, snow and ice accumulated and, between freezing and thawing, caused a breakout of the cirque bottom. Be careful of loose rocks and boulders!!!


August Hikes


August 5   Big Cottonwood Creek at Rainbow Trail New Hike

Leader – Bill Slaichert

Take Hwy 50 from Canon City West to approximately 3 miles past Cotopaxi.  Left turn on Hwy 40 and go 3 miles to trailhead.  Road is narrow because of brush over growth and the last mile is a little rough.  Only SUV or truck would be advisable.  Bill

One easy creek crossing.  Nice creek with huge trees and great wild flowers.  Way back in the deep wood reminds him of Oregon. Bring lunch and eat at the large meadow.  Hike is about 2 hours total.

Very little elevation gain.


August 12   Clean-up and meeting day.  Meet at Raynolds – Rec. District

Meet at the Recreation District parking lot on Raynolds at 8 A.M.

After clean-up meet at Muggs for our regular meeting day.


August 19   Hayden Creek at the Rainbow Trail

Leader – Bill Slaichert

Travel west on Hwy 50 to turn-off to Hayden Creek campground, about 40 miles.  Then 5 miles to Rainbow Trail.  Travel time to trailhead is exactly 1 hour.  Hike time is 3 hours.  Road to trailhead is good for cars.  Not much elevation gain.  Trail is rated moderate because of 2 creek crossings.


August 26   Mineshaft Road

Leader -  Bill Slaichert

Travel west on Hwy 50for about 13 miles to Cooper Gulch Road.  Turn left and travel 7 miles on Cooper Gulch Road.  Then right on an unmarked road and travel 1½ miles.  The last ½ mile has a large hill climb.  Truck or SUV is advised.  Hike on a good road to wonderful viewpoint. Very peaceful – remote area in pine forest.  Several BLM trails are marked in the area.  Travel time to trail head in 45 minutes.  Hike time is 3 hours.  Trail is rated moderate due to some hill on the good road.