Stanley Canyon Trail

HARD 210 reviews
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Stanley Canyon Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1745 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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.

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4 days ago

15 days ago

If you'd like to voice your opinion about Stanley Canyon call either Kim Mutchler 719-668-8793 or Keith Rylie (or Andy Fuches) 719-448-4800 option 4 then hold. CS utilities said because the dam is compromised and they don't utilize the water benefits they will not refill. With 1.3 billion in marijuana sales in 2016 I don't think this should even be a question.

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30 days ago

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1 month ago

The hike was fun - great views as people have mentioned. The reservoir was completely drained so the path ended at a very large mudhole with a bunch of dead fish, which was a bummer. If they allow the reservoir to fill back up, then it would definitely be a 5 star.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Great canyon views!

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1 month ago

Cool, easygoing hike with some difficult spots.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Amazing hike, difficult if you have children with you (age 3-7), but can be done with great team work and determination this hike is hella fun worth every step and drip of sweat.

(p.s. A Friend or Yourself will need a Military ID needed to park at trail head. if not your journey will be an extra mile or so from a guest parking lot to trail head.)

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1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes so far!

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Really beautiful views on this hike! There's definitely some challenging areas where you have to cross a small river and work around loose gravel, but overall it's a nice, fairly easy to follow trail.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Difficult hike, well worth it. If your dog listens well this is a fun hike with your furry companion. Could be dangerous if they don't listen well, due to steep drop-offs.