Tanner Trail is a 12.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Canon City, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

12.2 miles
3,881 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



mountain biking

nature trips





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,

1 month ago

I agree this terrain is hard. Views are quite fantastic. This is bear country and saw a clear set of tracks on the trail at about mile 4. Bring your bear protection. 6 hour round trip with about an hour on the peak to enjoy the views and relax. Not your normal quick decent because of very loose footing.

6 months ago

Very easy and very beautiful. Sounds of the river are lovely. Many places to stop and sit and take it all in. The tunnels make this trail very unique

9 months ago

First 30 min or so is very steep, so make sure to take a slower pace. Elevation gain is high throughout, so unless you are challenging yourself, give plenty of time (at least 5 hours?) to get to the end and come back. I started at 2 pm and it was already getting dark by the time I hiked for 1 hour and 40 minutes up, so I had to turn around and come back. Coming down took around 1 hour, but it was much more slippery downhill, and I slipped numerous times on my sneakers. Make sure to bring lots of water (half a gallon, at least), snacks and good shoes unless you want some sliding fun time.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

So a little slippery!! But it was a treat to get to the ending across the river! Water, good shoes, and sunscreen are musts! Crossing the river is a little tricky so make sure there's a few people with you when taking a kid along. Good views! I must have started at a different point of the hike than the others, my crew drove up and through switchbacks for a while before arriving at the top where campers were, then small parking area after that. The trail was only 1 person wide, and finding where it crossed the river was tricky.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Rocky atv trail that is exposed most of the trail.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Nice trail as long as no motorcycles

off road driving
Monday, March 06, 2017

excellent trail for atv's!!! can be challenging in spots but is pretty easy overall. this trail also connects to stultz and one other trail. its at the top just as it opens up to flat ground there is a trail to the left of the main path. stultz is definitely not a novice trail!! VERY rocky with very steep grade hills better have your big kid pants on!

Friday, September 02, 2016

Very hard, for me at least. It started out up and down then went straight up. Beautiful views!

Saturday, July 09, 2016

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.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

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.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

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!

Friday, March 25, 2016

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.

Monday, March 14, 2016

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.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Best real hike!!! Do pack water! your dog may need much rest too! Pack water for dog

Sunday, September 13, 2015


Saturday, June 09, 2012

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.

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