If you missed the aspens in the mountains, Fall is just getting started on the cottonwoods and gambel oaks in the lower elevations and the mild weather looks to hang on in the 60s through the weekend. This past weekend we went to see the colors along one of our favorite in-town hikes: Williams Canyon.

The longer way to get there is via Waldo Canyon up Highway 24 past Manitou on the right-hand-side, but we walked up the old Narrows road the end of Canon Avenue in Manitou (please note that it is private property that belongs to Cave of the Winds and you’re asked to sign a waiver available HERE before you go.)

Lower Williams Canyon once had a passable road to the cave of the Winds (and there are many other caves popular with local cavers along the trail that should be avoid if you aren’t experienced or with a guide), which has long-since been washed out. We’ve included historic photographs from the Pikes Peak Public Library District‘s Digital Photography Archive of the canyon when it was a popular tourist destination as far back as 1870. We’ve also included photos from the upper canyon that goes beyond the Cave of the Winds property including a golden eagle nest, though we only went as far as the trail that links up with Waldo Canyon.

 

4 Responses to Williams Canyon Then & Now

  1. Mary Ellen says:

    Therapy for my office-bound day. THANK YOU!

  2. [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Richard Rhinehart, KRCC. KRCC said: Williams Canyon Then & Now: If you missed the aspens in the mountains, Fall is just getting started on the cotto… http://bit.ly/cweROi [...]

  3. anne lennox says:

    Thanks, Noel. In all our years here we’ve never done this hike. Now we will.
    anne

  4. hiker gal says:

    Love it – wonderful photos of the last days of fall.

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