HIKE Gold Star Canyon (BLack canyon scramble) then loop walk down

HIKE Gold Star Canyon (BLack canyon scramble) then loop walk down

I'm posting this from my iPad where I do not have any photos or other fancies. 

The hike will scramble our way up what I call 'the Gold Star Black Canyon' then follow the bench trail to the Orange Ear. We'll walk down sandstone slabs there and make a loop to return to the cars. 

Should be done early enough for a Hot Tomato stop for thos interested. 


• Sturdy shoes or light boots

• Trekking poles, optional but nice for many of us on the ups n downs

• Clothing for the weather

• Headlamp (or distant 2nd choice, flashlight, just in case we return later than planned)

• Leather or fake-leather gloves (part of descent trail is lose gravel where catching a slip w your hand could be abrasive. 

• Water

• Camera (sunset could be stunning from up here)

• Small pack to carry it all in

• 15-30' of rope or webbing (those who have it, bring it. Others, don't worry. Possible handline)


Even though we park on a county road the hike is in the Monument so dogs are not allowed.


Doug Van Etten  [masked]

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  • Chuck C.

    Great adventure, fun scrambling. Thank you Stacey for introducing me to the wild world of ant lions!

    August 30, 2013

  • Doug Van E.

    2 more Adventurers introduced to the Gold Star Black Canyon and some of its little fun spots. We explored another smaller scale black canyon between Gold Star and the Orange Ear. It had one near vertical 40-50' drop but other than that is was easily negotiable. Stacie fed ants to an ant-lion colony and one of the ant lions actually came out for dinner, of an ant Stacie dropped into the sandy cone-trap. Hopefully Chuck's photo documentation will show some of this small fascination. Thanks to all for a nice hike. We got back at 8:20 PM with the last rays of sunlight.

    August 29, 2013

  • Ralph

    Working Thursday, depends on whether I can get out in time. Will call if I can't.

    August 27, 2013

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