Stanley Canyon Trail #707
ElevationAscent: 1,326' 404 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 8,747' 2,666 m
Low: 7,421' 2,262 m
GradeAvg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)
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“A challenging hike along Stanley Creek to Stanley Reservoir.”— Brian Mihlbachler
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
The trail starts off steeply through pine/oak and spruce/fir forest and then climbs more gradually along the Stanley Creek riparian area. Stands of aspen and grassy mountain meadows appear near the final approach to the reservoir. Colorado Parks and Wildlife occasionally stocks the reservoir with trout, so a CO State fishing license is required.
Parking and a Port-A-John is available at the end of an unpaved road west of the Medical Clinic, but this road is only accessible with a DoD identification card because of a controlled security gate. Visitors should park at the Medical Clinic and hike west 0.6 miles on the unpaved road to reach the trailhead.
Caution! During the winter, ice formations along steep trail crossings of Stanley Creek can be hazardous.
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Land Manager: US Air Force Academy
Aug 20, 2019: Cadet Chapel to close for restoration project Sept. 4