Tanner Trail is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Canon City, CO that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and mountain biking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Very steep climb most of the way. Very steep hike, but great views of Pikes Peak and surrounding area. Rocky, muddy in spots, Dogs allowed,
Very hard, for me at least. It started out up and down then went straight up. Beautiful views!
Tanner Trail is a challenging hike in that, at least for the first few miles, the uphill is fairly steep and slippery. Lots of loose dirt and rocks since this trail is also used by dirt bikes. Good hiking boots are a must and trekking poles are helpful as well. Also, you need to really keep an ear out for approaching dirt bikes and be mindful that if they need to pass you on an uphill, because it is very steep and slippery, they will need to really be on the gas thus spraying copious amounts of dirt and rock from their rear tire in your direction. We had no issues and the guys on bikes that we saw at the trailhead were looking out for us on their way up. Above the slippery section however, the trail gets into more trees and has some nice views and less steep uphill. We are relatively new hikers, just hitting 50 years old, but in better shape than most our age. We went about 5 miles up before turning around and went for about 4.5 to 5 hours. If you are in decent shape and good on your feet you should be good to go. Not a very technical hike.
Went after a week of rain so the views were pretty and green. The trail is a bit rough due to the dirt bike traffic. Good steady incline for conditioning. I did not go all the way to the top but only up a few miles then back.
The trail is well marked and easy to follow. It's a steady climb and I found it quickly tired me out. I did 3 miles in and turned around. Sat on some rocks and admired Pikes Peak. The trail is very exposed so bring plenty of water!
Hiked to the halfway point and back in an afternoon. The trail is essentially a 6 ft wide or so, ATV roadbed. That said, you can't get lost and the terrain you traverse is scenic and interesting, especially the varied rock formations. Pinion pine are common as the trail begins, but as you ascend these give way to ponderosa, spruce and white pine--all very nice. The trail up is one long ascent, but is not too steep. Certainly handable by the experienced hiker. Would make for a good overnight backpack hike to go the full length and return for a 12.5 mile round trip.
Trail is pretty torn up by ATVs and dirt bikes. Very rocky and uneven, Be sure to wear sturdy hiking boots or you could easily twist an ankle. The views are amazing.
Best real hike!!! Do pack water! your dog may need much rest too! Pack water for dog
Really was not expecting this trail to be straight up forever! Pack some food, lots of water and don't forget a hiking stick. But was nice scenery.