Stanley Canyon Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This trail is only accessible if you or someone with you has a military ID or upon approval of military police at the guard post. Picture the "wall" of the side of a chocolate layer cake. Imagine making one knife cut down through that wall. Pull out your imaginary knife (so you won't get hurt) and gaze into the slit you've created. Now transfer this image to the front range of the Rocky Mountains, behind the Air Force Academy, near Colorado Springs. This is Stanley Canyon. Trail #707 leaves the trailhead parking lot on the west side of the Academy grounds and leads you UP the right (north) side of the canyon to the Stanley Canyon Reservoir about two miles away. In the first mile of the trail, you'll climb about 1200 ft. This is steep. The pathway is decomposed granite, except where it's solid granite. The solid sections are not long, but they can be tricky, especially if they're wet. As you climb, you'll reach platforms where you can rest and look back to the east toward the Academy and Colorado Springs. About half way along, you link up with the stream and parallel its course the rest of the way. The outstanding feature of this hike are the rock formations in the canyon walls; take plenty of time to observe them. After the first mile, you'll reach the top of the canyon. The path levels out, mostly, for the final trek up to the reservoir. This last section takes you through pine forests and aspen meadows. The reservoir is not large, but it is lovely. If you fish, it's worth taking your equipment; word is there are medium size rainbow trout in the lake.
Nice hike, if it does snow be prepared to have some good shoes and gloves, even if its the day prior. Overall nice hike & if you want to check out a awesome video check out this link.
Good hike - be ready to traverse some ice if you attempt it in the winter
We hiked up the trail to a point where it appeared to cross over the stream towards the south, but soon after that were not able to identify where the trail continued. This was right after the windiest days and a few tres had been blown over possibly obscuring the trail. The other option appeared to be straight up a granite rock face and this didn't seem to be feasible without ropes! Can anyone describe where the trail goes from the point where it crosses the stream?? I'd love to be able to reach the reservoir.
Great hike! A bit steep but flattens out at the top. Went in Nov and there were some icey bits. Some great views and the resovoir is worth the effort.