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. 







March 25                    Aiken Canyon

Leader:  Edith Neumaier


April Hike



April 1                   Five Points Gulch      Leaders:  Jerry Beatty 371-0796 

                                                                                                    Dave Bell   275-3523

Rating:  Easy to Moderate.  About 5 miles RT    Calculated rating 2. 87

Directions:  West of Cañon City on Hwy 50 about 29 miles to marker #260 between Cañon and Cotopaxi.  West of Five Points Recreation area.  Parking on south side of Hwy 50 east of bridge over CHS 50 with trail access beneath the bridge.

Distance/ Time to Trailhead:  40 minutes

Description:  Elevations Gain:  500ft.  Lovely hike along a meandering stream through meadows and fascination rock formations.  Lots of animal life and collectible rock specimens.


April 8                   Ecology Park                 Leader:  Jerry Beatty  (269-8123)

                              Meeting Day Hike                                        (371-0796)

Rating:  Easy

Reclaimed landfill southwest of Cañon City.  Meet at Village Inn or drive to the trailhead.  Ten minutes.  Hike to Grape Creek/ Dinosaur tracks. 


April 15,2015  Oil Well Flats   Leader:  Dave Walker (275-2054)

Directions: North on Red Canyon Road approximately 7 miles past March Quarry turn right first dirt road.  High Clearance Vehicles preferred.  Dave Walker will give the hike specifics at the trailhead.

Hiking Distance, Elevation Gain & Difficulty rating:  4 to 5 miles round trip.  New trail not rated.  This hike will use a trail built in 2013.  Great views of the

San De Cristo Mts. and Cañon City.  Elevation change estimated at 500 to 600 ft.  Overall, the trail is gentle.


April 22, 2015                      Booger Red                   Dave Walker (275-2054)

                                                                                Charles Rann (276-9008)

Dave and Charles will give a hike briefing at both Village Inn and Trailhead.

Rating:  Easy to moderate.  Calculated Rating  3.2

Take Hwy 50 west of Cañon City to CSH 9.  Proceed North on State Hwy 9 to County Road 11.  Proceed west on CR 11 to Forest Designated Road 5808 on South side of CR11.  A four-wheel drive vehicle is best for accessing the trail for Booger Red.  A very nice hike of easy to moderate difficulty.  No significant elevation change.  Bring lunch/snack and water.


April 29, 2015  Trails to Victor               Suzanne Martinchalk (285-8724)

                                                                      Jerry Beatty                (371-0796)

Suzanne and Jerry will select trails for our hike.

Rating:  Easy/Moderate mainly due to the elevation at 10,000ft.

Take Hwy 50 West to highway 9 turning right.  Follow Hwy 9 to County Road 11 and turn right at CR 1 to Cripple Creek.  In Cripple Creek continue to Carr Ave. turning right at First Street.  Then take the first left onto East Bennett Ave. finally turning right on state Highway 67.  Continue on Highway 67 to Victor.  There are several trails in the area.  Bring water and lunch/snack.  Some hikers may want to return to Cripple Creek for lunch or ice cream.



May Hikes

Remember Meet at VI at 8 A.M.


May 5     Thompson Mountain

Hike Leader    Roger Bernard

(Directions)  From Cañon City continue westbound on US Hwy 50.  Turn right (north) on CR 69.  Follow CR69 for 15.1 miles to a dirt road leading to TH#5827.  Park at the road junction or continue by vehicle a short distance to the trailhead.

Hiking Distance, Elevation gain Difficulty Rating.  Just a few miles northwest of Cañon City the landscape rumples into a series of ridges, rumples, canyons and broad lower mountains.  Studded by rock outcrops, with desert scrub an oak at lower teaches and Ponderosa Pine and some Douglas Fir at the highest elevations, the area is pleasantly aesthetic but not particularly striking.  Thompson Mountain holds a treat for the persistent, however its rocky bare summit caps a mellow hike with an easy scramble and crazy views of the high country form Pikes Peak clear across southern Colorado to the Sangre de Cristos. Trail is easy to moderate. 

Hiking Distance:  5.8 miles RT (3.5 hours, including lunch)

Elevation Gain:  elevation at trailhead  8250 ft.  elevation at Summit of Thompson Mt. 8720ft.  elevation difference 515ft. (4% aver. slope)  Rating 3.9


May 13   Raynolds Ave. Clean Up Day       Meeting Day

Meet at the Parks and Recreation building on Raynolds Ave. just south of the Arkansas River.  Pick up trash and transport the trash bags to the designated disposal place.  Obtain your fluorescent vest and trash bags from the coordinator prior to distribution of workers along Raynolds Ave. from the CWH sign to the north of the Rec. Center to the south end at Elm Ave.

Meeting at Muggs after cleanup.


May 20     Horse Thief Falls/Pancake Rock

Hike Leader;  Dave Bell

This trail (#704) is part of Ring the Peak system.  It’s only ½ miles east to reach Horse Thief Falls (#704b).  Pancake Rock trail (704a) is about 2.2 miles long (one way).  At first you will climb up through series of switchbacks and then follow an easy trail until you reach an interesting rock outcropping at the end.  Rocks seem to be stacked on each other – hence the name.  This trail offers great views south and west towards Cripple Creek.  The trail does not continue further south and you must turn back and return to the trailhead.

                               Always time for an ice cream in Cripple Creek.


May 27          Buena Vista – Upper Trail Hike  Arkansas River Walk

Hike Description (Directions).  Drive west o US HWY 50 to Salida.  North on HW 285 to Buena Vista.  Total drive distance about 86 miles.  Park at the place designated by Charles Rann who will lead the hike