William's Canyon Trail [CLOSED]

MODERATE 68 reviews
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William's Canyon Trail [CLOSED] is a 5.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Manitou Springs, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from February until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1368 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

river

views

waterfall

over grown

rocky

closed

private property

UPDATE: This trail is CLOSED to the public until further notice. It was closed by the National Forest Service after the Waldo Canyon Fire because the area is now prone to extreme flash flooding. Williams Canyon is situated, fittingly enough, at the end of Canon 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. A permit is required to park near the trailhead.

backpacking
12 days ago

Unfortunately, the trail is closed. :-( I emailed the Cave of the Winds at info@caveofthewinds.com and they said it has been closed since 2013. They used to offer waivers for hikers wishing to hike on their property many years ago. But as of now, they do not seek to open the canyon for public access. Anyone trespassing can be ticketed. Very sad. But, I guess it is a pretty big liability for them .

so is this trail open?? lol

hiking
26 days ago

It is closed. Private property. No trespassing. Contact the owners of Cave of the Winds for more information: (719) 685-5444. People have been ticketed recently.

hiking
1 month ago

First off, it’s not closed. Second, if you went there before the floods it’s not the same place that it used to be. The trail is not intact anymore and you’re constantly scrambling over boulders. You have to keep crossing the stream. It’s still gorgeous and it kinda looks like you’re somewhere exotic in spots. If you look up about halfway through, you can see people doing the terrordactal ride at Cave of the Winds. The waterfall at the end is so worth it! You kinda have to bush whack to get to it now. But definitely take a dip. Also, you can drive down to park there anymore. You have to park a street up.

1 month ago

Only did about 2 miles but loved it.. will be back to do the whole thing!!

2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

This is easy and walking distance from downtown Manitou. The waterfall at the end is gorgeous and you can climb up above it.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

The trail was beautiful. It was like hiking through old canyon ruins. We saw about 4 other people who were hiking the trail as well on Labor Day. Once you get past the first waterfall the trail becomes even more overrun with weeds and overgrowth. Because it is a closed trail- come prepared. Wear pants and waterproof hiking boots. There are lots of sharp rocks and weeds you will have to crawl through. It was well worth it though!

5 months ago

6 months ago

We only went to the first waterfall and it was a awesome trail.

6 months ago

The trail is listed as closed but still as accessible as always. My go-to hike near Colorado Springs

hiking
7 months ago

I'm still waiting for this trail to open up? What's the delay? I lived in SoCal for many years and Wild Fires are second nature there. Grow back normally takes a few years and nature know how to regenerate. The trails just south of the Mt Blodgett trailhead are open and Waldo fire did a number on them 5 years ago. I just hiked it a few days ago and found it interesting how Nature heals itself. Please open it up

hiking
7 months ago

This has been closed by the National Forest Service. It is prone to extreme flash flooding and is very dangerous. Cave of the Winds no longer allows hiking on this trail nor do they issue any permits for hiking.

It has been closed since the Waldo Canyon fire back in 2012, and everyone who has been hiking on it since has been trespassing.

It is a beautiful trail, and they hope to re-open it someday, but it has been closed for a reason. We should respect trail closures and the decisions of the forest service.

7 months ago

It was gorgeous under a blanket of snow.

7 months ago

7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

So what is the deal with this trail? My hiking partner wouldn't go past the "Do not enter, no hiking allowed" sign. One site said to get a pass from Cave of the Winds. Called them and said since the fire/flood they're not giving out passes. So is everyone disregarding the sign or is the person I talked to wrong?