Sunday, January 14, 2018

East Bear Trailhead and Tanner Dome

I went out to East Bear Gulch Trailhead fairly late in the day, so I didn't get to explore too much. After parking, I wandered down to a small frozen pond and found the above angle with Tanner Dome in the background. The actual trailhead for East Bear Gulch Trail is across the road, west of the parking area -- this trail eventually meets up with Stultz Trail after 5 miles and Tanner Trail much further in. After a very short climb on East Bear Trail, you come to a side trail to the right which will take you up a very steep, winding path to Tanner Dome. This area is popular with both rock climbers and peregrine falcons -- and as a result, climbing is forbidden between April 1 and August 1 to protect nesting falcons.

I hiked up to the cliffs and took a photo looking south, looking back toward the position I took the first photo. If you look closely, you can see my silver car in the parking area (to give you a sense of the distance). The gorgeous view made the strenuous climb worth it!

Directions: From the intersection of 4th Street and Oak Creek Grade in Cañon City, head south on Oak Creek Grade 11 miles to a well marked parking area for East Bear Trailhead. Click here for Google Map.

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