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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Pikes Peak Ranger District

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Stanley Canyon Trail

Beginning Elevation: 7,500 Feet (2337.9 Meters) Air Force Academy trailhead
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation Gain, One-way: 1,360 Feet (423.9 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 8,900 Feet (2774.3 Meters) Stanley Reservoir
Handicapped Accessible: No
Length, One-way: 2 Miles (3.33 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Pikes Peak Atlas
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 707
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

Stanley Canyon is beautiful, but can be dangerous on wet days especially in cold weather
Copyright: Amy Pyle - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Stanley Canyon is beautiful, but can be dangerous on wet days especially in cold weather
The Stanley Canyon Trail may be accessed from the Rampart Reservoir Area or the Air Force Academy grounds. This description explains the route from the Air Force Academy. The trail is 2 miles one way and the first mile is fairly rocky and steep. It is not recommended for horses, mountain bikes or small children. The trail follows the stream that flows through Stanley Canyon. At some points users walk in the granite streambed, which makes a very slippery trail. The steepness ends soon after hikers climb over a rock fall. The trail leads through green meadows until it reaches the reservoir after the rock fall. The canyon, meadow and reservoir portray well the varied terrain of Colorado's eastern slope. This short hike may be extended by any number of trails that reach from the Rampart Reservoir area.

Directions from Air Force Academy south entrance: From the south entrance of the Air Force Academy drive approximately 2 miles and turn left on Pine Drive. Follow Pine Drive approximately 5 miles. You'll pass Community Center Drive and Interior Drive. The road will ascend a hill at the top of the rise you'll see a large building with a parking lot on the right and a gravel road immediately before it on the left. Turn left on this gravel road and drive a short way to the trailhead. If you reach a T road with the Air Force Academy hospital directly ahead you've gone too far.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: May through October (NOTE: Don't climb this canyon if an Early snow occurs. It easily becomes very dangerous.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Dispersed Camping Stanley Canyon Trail
ICON Fishing Stanley Reservoir
ICON Hiking & Walking Stanley Canyon Trail
ICON Bird Identification Stanley Canyon Trail
ICON Plant Identification Stanley Canyon Trail
ICON Wildflower Identification Stanley Canyon Trail
ICON Viewing Scenery Stanley Canyon Trail

Related Activities
Rampart Reservoir General Forest Area - The Rampart Reservoir General Forest Area is located east of Woodland Park with activities centered upon the picturesque green waters of the reservoir. Hikers, bikers, fishermen and boaters will enjoy this site.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Pike and San Isabel National Forests, 1920 Valley Drive , Pueblo, CO, 81008, Phone: 719-545-8737

Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, 302 North Santa Fe Drive, P.O. Box 697 , Pueblo, CO, 81003, Phone: 800-233-3446, www.pueblochamber.org


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