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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.

Distance: 12.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3,881 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

bird watching

views

muddy

rocky

Very steep hike, but great views of Pikes Peak and surrounding area. Rocky, muddy in spots, Dogs allowed,

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice steep hike with great views at the end. It was a warm day about 75 degrees; I took 3 liters of water and wished I had 4.

3 months ago

It is a fun hike. Since I treated it as a bit of a challenge, I made it all the way to the top of the peak and back in 3 hours and 49 minutes. The views were great.

recorded Tanner Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Enjoyed this hike. Mostly south facing trail for first few miles, so not much snow even though it’s January. Above 8,000 feet, however, it got snowy and more difficult. Turned around where the trail turned north towards Tanner Peak.

hiking
bugs
rocky
Sun Jun 30 2019

Bring lots of water! Plan to go early or on an overcast day if you're hiking

Sun May 26 2019

Excellent trail! Saw only one other guy the entire time. Nice gain, right around 3900 and clocked an actual distance of 13.4 miles round trip. No snow, fantastic workout.

horseback riding
rocky
scramble
Fri May 17 2019

Tough trail that is best described as nearly 7 miles of steep rocky footing to climb almost 4,000 feet to the peak. But well worth it! Beautiful views. There is an abandoned mine shaft one mile into the trail and around a mile or so from the summit there are remnants of some old buildings including a cabin across the ravine. Yesterday there was no snow and a mountain stream around those ruins for water for dogs and horses. I've done this trail twice on my two fit and seasoned trail horses who average hundreds of miles a year each. Can be done barefoot (if your horse has good feet) but highly recommend shoes or footwear. About half a mile from the summit there is a bridge trail that connects to Stultz, a moderate trail to the south also with beautiful views.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
Tue Apr 02 2019

Amazing trail. Tough and steep uphill to start, but the views at the top are amazing. We started around noon at the end of March and finished at 7pm with plenty of breaks and some time at the top.

hiking
muddy
private property
snow
Sun Mar 31 2019

The first half mile of this trail treks through private property before you arrive in the USNFS land. 1.2 miles in is an abandoned mine that’s fun to throw rocks into. Extremely steep climbs throughout this trail - the snow conditions weren’t too bad, though. Used hiking poles the whole time and microspikes only on the trek down. The last 0.25 mile scramble to the summit is no joke and it’s easy to get lost in the 4” deep patches of snow as you approach the final ascent. Views are insane, and there are lots of good break points for snacking! Would definitely recommend this trail, I’m excited to come back and repeat it in the summer.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
Sat Feb 02 2019

This is a very steep trail and the footing can be precarious, especially on the way down. Great vistas and a great workout. I went on a warm day in February. There was a little bit of snow in the shade, but not enough to cause a problem. My dog enjoyed a mouthful here and there. I only hiked the first 2 miles or so. Close to Cañon City. A good late or early season trail when other areas have too much snow.

hiking
Mon Oct 08 2018

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.

Mon Apr 30 2018

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

hiking
Sun Feb 04 2018

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.

Tue Aug 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.

Sun Apr 02 2017

Rocky atv trail that is exposed most of the trail.

Sat Mar 11 2017

Nice trail as long as no motorcycles

ohv/off road driving
Mon Mar 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!

Fri Sep 02 2016

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

hiking
Sat Jul 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.

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