Stanley Canyon Trail

Legacy Page: With Air Force Academy making it increasingly difficult to allow civilian access to hiking trails originating on their property this trail is no longer available.

Stanley Canyon trail (#707) takes you through a canyon up to a nice secluded reservoir hidden on top of the Rampart range. The hike starts at the Air Force Academy but soon enters the Pike National Forest. At first the trail is pretty steep, quickly gaining elevation and offering great views of the Academy. Once you enter the canyon the views are obstructed by its walls. The trail then follows a creek with some waterfalls and few rough spots along the way. Later it levels out as you walk through a pleasant forest until you reach the reservoir itself.

Note: Due to higher security measures after the death of Osama Bin Laden the Air Force Academy has restricted access to Stanley Canyon and other trails on its property. Please check with AFA before planning on hiking the Stanley Canyon trail.

Trail length: Total round trip distance is 4.4 miles.

Directions: Entering Air Force Academy though the South gate turn left on Pine Drive. About 3.9 miles later turn left into a dirt road right in front of the hospital. Drive another 0.7 miles to the parking lot. Make sure you check on current visiting information for the Academy before you go. Visit their website or call 719-333-2025

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Photos taken on 5/10/2007

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