Aiken Canyon

Canon City, Colorado 81246

Aiken Canyon

Aiken Canyon Professional Review and Guide

"Aiken Canyon harbors a rich diversity of life where plains and foothills converge. This nature preserve is home to bear, mountain lion, elk, mule deer, fox, squirrels, rattlesnakes, and over one hundred species of birds.

The canyon also provides a wildlife corridor between the plains of Fort Carson Military Reservation to the east and the higher hills and forests to the west. In an area experiencing housing development pressures,Aiken Canyon preserves a foothills ecosystem that is rapidly disappearing along the Front Range."

Aiken Canyon Reviews

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9/7/2009
Great hike for those less adventurous. Beautiful hike with a wide range of views, plants and trees so close to a large city. Great hike for visitors you might have who aren’t up for a full blow Colorado hike. We completed the 5.6 mi loop and spur in 3 hrs, stopping to read the signs and take pictures.
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7/26/2008
Nice trail...not an overly hard hike. Didn't see one other person.
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7/14/2008
The highlight was encountering a mountain lion. Near the end of the canyon spur I sensed movement ahead, but couldn't make anything out due to the dense foliage. When I heard one rock clink on another I knew there must be something sizable close ahead on the trail. Approaching slowly (and with a stick in each hand) I peered into the foliage. I was shocked at how close I had come when the mountain lion materialized right in front of me. I retreated briskly back down the trail. Apparently he chose not to follow:) Kristin
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11/18/2007
This trail was a very pleasant walk. We went about 4 miles. There were a few rocky and steep stretches, but on the whole it was not terribly difficult. Very nice views of the rock formations and mountains to the south.
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12/13/2006
Great hike, but wrong time of year. We will revisit this spring when the birds are more active. Temperature varies a great deal as you hike so wear layered clothing.
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9/5/2006
I helped build the Straw bale Structures in the canyon in 95-96 and would spend countless hours wondering thru the area! You can never get used to or sick of a place this beautiful!
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5/20/2006
An easy hike, but none the less a very beautiful one. Enjoyed changes in landscape from flat and desert-like, to steeper and coniferous on the canyon spur, to large boulders great for bouldering on the way down the left side of the loop. Didnt see another person but plenty of wildlife. Took right at two hours.
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4/23/2006
Hiked this with 3 children, ages 4, 6, and 9. The four year old was probable the best hiker. Excellent distant for this group. Not too difficult, took about 2.5 hours.
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4/16/2006
First Mile of trail is flat and exposed to the wind, the rest is more sheltered. We didn't go up the canyon spur this time, but it's definately a trail we will revisit soon. Difficulty is Easy.
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Trail Information

Canon City
Nearby City
3.4
Distance
420 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
Duration
Year-round except after big snowstorms
Season
Aiken Canyon Preserve, The Nature Conservancy, Colorado Springs; 719- 632-0534 or 719-576-4336; nature.org/ colorado
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Pittsburg and Mount Big Chief
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018