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Stanley Canyon Trail

  Just finished Stanley Canyon today, and man the first ''1 mile'' really is treacherous and relentless. Very steep, with loose gravel and slick granite ... and water on the rocks we were hiking on! None of the websites out there tell you about the 1500'+ elevation gain in < 1 mile -- comparable to the Incline, but with much less footing. Coming down is also a recipe for twisted ankles on the very rocky terrain ... the top flat part is a walk in the park, though.
    All in all a great hike, with my calves still burning!
Says Randalk

We love this hike! It's also an adventure to go past the lake on the left and pick up the trail to Rampart Reservoir. This makes it about 10 miles round
trip, but the Stanley to Rampart leg is an easy jaunt.
Says Doug Knighton

Keep your eyes open.  I've done the trail at least a dozen times, but my wife on her first and only trip found these mountain goats.
Says Will

Hiked the Stanley Canyon trail with a friend and enjoyed the trail very much up to the reservoir. About half way up there is a ''V'' in the trail and you need to stay to the left or straight ahead. The trail leading up
and to the right ends in scree and downed trees. It's a moderately strenuous trail up to the reservoir; but well worth it. Afterwards, we hiked up and past the reservoir and wanted to loop around and hit the lower Stanley trail but were unable to find the trailhead for it. We ended up blazing new ground and coming down Eagle Peak trail much to our surprise.
Says Teri





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These outdoors activities are available near Stanley Canyon Trail.
 Campgrounds Near Stanley Canyon Trail:
Blodgett Peak, Colorado Springs , 2 miles away
Promontory Campground, El Paso County , 4 miles away
Thunder Ridge, Colorado Springs , 5 miles away
Meadow Ridge, Colorado Springs , 5 miles away
Peregrine Pines - USAF Academy, U S A F Academy , 5 miles away
 Whitewater Near Stanley Canyon Trail:
South Platte River, Jefferson/ Douglas County , 26 miles away, Class I-III - 12 miles long (Deckers to confluence with North Fork)
South Platte River, Jefferson County , 26 miles away, Class IV - 5.8 miles long (Cheeseman Reservoir to Deckers)
South Platte River, Jefferson/ Douglas County , 29 miles away, Class III-IV - 1 miles long (Confluence to Strontia Springs Reservoir)
 Public Lands Near Stanley Canyon Trail:
Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Florissant - CO , 24 miles away
Mueller State Park, Colorado , 19 miles away
Castlewood State Park, Colorado , 22 miles away
Roxborough State Park, Colorado , 27 miles away
 Hotels Near Stanley Canyon Trail:
Fairfield Inn & Suites Colorado Springs North/Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs , 6 miles away
TownePlace Suites Colorado Springs Garden Of The Gods, Colorado Springs , 6 miles away
Garden Of The Gods Club And Resort Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs , 7 miles away
Cliff House Hotel At Pikes The, Manitou Springs , 7 miles away
Ramada Monument, Monument , 7 miles away
 Lakes Near Stanley Canyon Trail
Deadmans Lake, El Paso County , 2 miles away
Monument Lake, El Paso County , 6 miles away
North Catamount Reservoir, Teller County , 10 miles away
Penrose-Rosemont Reservoir, Teller County , 14 miles away
Penrose-Rosemont Reservoir, Teller County , 14 miles away

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