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Sesame Canyon

 *If this is your first hike/event with our group for 2012, please bring the $5 dues with you. It will be collected before the event starts.*

To get there

From U.S. Highway 24 head south on 26th Street to a four-way stop with Lower Gold Camp Road. Drive through the stop sign to where 26th Street dead ends in about a mile at the bottom of High Drive. Park on the left.

(if there is no parking in the lot at the bottom of High Drive, park on the road near Bear Creek Park)

Where to meet:

Let's meet at the gate on High drive, just past the little house 

The hike

This old path is unmarked by modern Forest Service signs but still worn by generations of hikers whose collective knowledge of these beloved hills predates any official trailheads. The trail probably started as a short foray spurring off from the 1880s mule road up Bear Creek to Lake Moraine and then to the summit of Pikes Peak.

Now you can find Sesame Canyon by walking a half-mile up High Drive. When you start, Bear Creek will be on your right. Within a few minutes you'll cross an old stone bridge leaving the creek on your left. In less than a quarter mile, you'll cross the creek again. Immediately, look for the Sesame Canyon trail darting up a small streambed on your left.

The well-defined trail is clear but easy to miss because there is no marker.

The trail ascends a small, steep valley through mossy pine and fir woods in less than a mile.

Take your time to linger in the pretty spots.

Sesame Canyon climbs steeply to a saddle.

Go right at the saddle and the trail hits the Captain Jack's multiuse trail. This trail is heavily used by motorcycles and bikes, and not recommended for hikers. Go left and a faint social trail goes up to a view point. Return the way you came.

 Difficulty: easy-moderate
• 1-4 miles
• 150-foot elevation gain

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  • Sandy T

    I've done this one once. The only difficult spot is getting up the canyon... Which isn't too long as I recall.. It's a bit steep tho in spots. Before and after is easy rolling trail/road

    October 30, 2012

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