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William's Canyon Trail (Temporarily Closed)

MODERATE 23 reviews
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William's Canyon Trail (Temporarily Closed) is a 5.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Manitou Springs, CO that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.8 miles 1368 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

river

views

waterfall

rocky

The Secret Treasure of Manitou Springs I met a lady along the trail who was, like me, enjoying this hike for the very first time. Unlike me, who has only lived here a year, she was a 30-something native who'd "just never been up here before." She seemed to regret having waited so long; I'm glad I didn't. Williams Canyon is situated, fittingly enough, at the end of Cañon Ave. in the northwest section of Manitou Springs. It extends approximately 3 miles due north. The trail parallels the stream to its source. What is now a bare trickle in early October was once powerful enough to carve this canyon deep through ancient layers of limestone, dolomite and sandstone, producing cliffs that rise 300 feet above the trail. In the spring, when the waters flow more abundantly, you'll attain a better sense of what this place might have been like long ago. What makes this canyon unique in the area now are the limestone walls exposed along the canyon's upper rim. Directions: Exit I-25 at Cimarron Ave (exit 141) and head west toward Manitou Springs on US Hwy 24. Take the Manitou Ave. exit off 24 and drive through the "downtown" area to Cañon Ave. Turn right and drive up the hill to the Hwy 24 overpass. You'll find some parking space under the overpass. If it's full, you can park on the street and hike up - just be sure you park legally, not blocking someone's driveway.


2 months ago


4 months ago

DO NOT USE THIS TRAIL. I just called about it and have found out that the trail has been destroyed!


6 months ago

hiking

The best trail


8 months ago

The track is closed. According to the signs hiking is not alloved. At a restaurant they said it's because of a fire last year. We turned around and went back.


8 months ago

hiking

This trail is closed. There's an actual sign that says "no hiking. Violators will be prosecuted"

Also, the map is wrong. This "trail" starts at the end of Canonroad".

Waste of time today :-(


9 months ago

hiking

This trailhead is easy to find, just head north on canyon avenue, find signs for flash flood warnings and walk down the one way street. Once you come to the end of it there will be old signs for cave of the winds. Follow those signs and you'll be on your way. We followed a dry creek bed for most of the way because the trail isn't well marked or easy to follow. It's probably closer to 6 miles total and takes longer than most 6 mile hikes because of the poor trail.

Overall, beautiful scenes and a couple of waterfalls along the way.


9 months ago

hiking

A fun little hike through a river bed that takes you to a waterfall. You can keep hiking up and past the waterfall but we didn't have the time to keep going. I think it's a 6 mile hike if you keep going. You do drive through a neighborhood to get there. Park at the top of Canon Ave and then follow the road to the left, go under the hwy 25 bridge and you will see the cave of the winds exit sign. There are signs that warn of flooding so use caution when hiking!


9 months ago

Could not find it the directions are wrong takes you to a neighborhood


11 months ago

We walked through the river bed about 2 miles. We didn't have time for the entire length. We saw a couple tiny lizards, a small snake, a couple caves, and people zip lining across the canyon. Beautiful scenery.


1 year ago

hiking

Loved this trail. So much damage due to floods and fires. Damn shame.


1 year ago

hiking

Still completely closed ...seems like it'll probably never open again..


1 year ago

According to the Cave of the Winds Williams Canyon was destroyed by the floods last year.


2 years ago

Trail is still closed due to construction


2 years ago

Drove all the way here from Denver and the trail is closed. No word on how long.


2 years ago

hiking

Fun hike through a canyon with several caves to explore. I am sure if properly equipped, you could find a passage to Wind Cave.


2 years ago

Enjoyed this walk through the canyon! Neat caves to explore along the way


2 years ago


3 years ago

hiking

A flood filled the canyon with rocks and junk in early July. Closed when I got there 7/9/13


3 years ago

hiking

Beautiful beautiful hike! So many exciting things to see such as caves, a stone house, zip lines, wildflowers, and a waterfall.


3 years ago

hiking

Nice family hike! A little snow in a few places caused a few challenging obstacles but not to tough for our 11 year old.