Trailhead / Access
The trailhead for Stanley Canyon is on the Air Force Academy. The easiest way to get there is to enter the Academy at the South Gate from Academy Blvd. Right after crossing the bridge for the railroad, turn left on Pine Drive. Take this almost to the top and watch for a dirt road that takes off to the left. It is not marked in any way. If you hit the stop sign at Academy Drive, you missed it. Follow this road. You will encounter a sign at a split that say's authorized vehicles only. Take the right fork and this will take you to the trailhead parking lot. You will see a gate and there is a pedestrian entrance on the left side.
NOTE:The Google Earth distances are inaccurate due to a problem with the software. It shows 5 miles RT but it is actually 4 miles. I will correct it when the program which generates this data is fixed.
The Stanley Canyon trail climbs the front range to Stanley Resevoir. It is about 2 miles to the reservoir. The first mile is the most difficult part of the trail. Most of your elevation gain will occur in this part. There are a couple places where the trail is narrow and has some steep dropoffs so if you are not comfortable with high places, you should take this into consideration when deciding to do this trail. Footing is difficult in these sections so caution is advised. The reservoir is small but according to a fisherman, has some 6-8 inch trout that are good for catch and release.