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Stanley Canyon Trail #707

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

1.6 mile 2.6 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,326' 404 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 8,747' 2,666 m
Low: 7,421' 2,262 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 40% (22°)

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Trail shared by Brian Mihlbachler

A challenging hike along Stanley Creek to Stanley Reservoir.

Brian Mihlbachler

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Camping and open fires are prohibited around the reservoir by Colorado Springs Utilities, but camping is allowed on the adjacent US Forest Service land. Public access to the Air Force Academy's trails and trailheads varies and may be restricted due to the base's Force Protection conditions and other random security measures.

Description

Hiking to Stanley Reservoir on the Stanley Canyon Trail is one of the more popular routes up the Rampart Range and into the Pike National Forest.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Bighorn sheep are infrequently seen on the trail.

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Jul 6, 2019
Chris Rea
Jul 5, 2019
Chris Rea
May 27, 2019
Eric Dittman
Dec 15, 2018
Matt Mumbach
Dec 1, 2018
Kerry Steuart
Sep 8, 2018
Nate H
Good conditions. Trail is pretty crowded on the weekends so don’t expect to hike this alone. 5mi — 1h 50m
Jul 16, 2018
J G
Jul 15, 2018
Nathaniel Patty
Fun 6mi

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