North Cheyenne Columbine Trail

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North Cheyenne Columbine Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, CO that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

6.8 miles 1746 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

snow

washed out

Enjoying the Bold Beauty of Cheyenne Canyon North Cheyenne Creek slices through Cheyenne Canyon, bordered on the north by Mays Peak and Mount Buckhorn, and on the south by Mount Cutler and Muscoco Mountain. Columbine Trail traces the cut of the creek from the canyon's mouth in southwestern Colorado Springs, west about four miles to its terminus at Helen Hunt Falls. With the lower trailhead located at the Starsmore Discovery Center (2120 N. Cheyenne Canyon Rd), Columbine Trail provides a variety of hiking possibilities in itself and access to several other adventures. If you appreciate the warbling rush of a running stream or the trilling warble of redheaded finches, you'll love this trail. If your eyes prefer granite massifs and distant vistas, you'll love this trail. Columbine Trail has three trailheads. The lower is located at the Starsmore Discovery Center. This guide begins at this point. The SDC is a treat in itself with excellent displays of local flora and fauna, augmented by helpful and knowledgeable staff. Park on the south side of the Center. The Middle Columbine Trailhead is on the right side of the road about a mile west of the center. The Upper Columbine Trailhead is a wide spot in the road, just past the entrance to Helen Hunt Falls, before N. Cheyenne Canyon Rd. joins Gold Camp Road. You can begin your hike at any one of these locations, depending on your interests, mood, or time.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice trail, esp. with kids. Great for starting out hiking, getting in shape.

hiking
18 days ago

Another nice trail in North Cheyenne Canyon Park. I parked at the lot near the Discovery Center, plenty of parking on a Wednesday. I planned to hike the lower and middle sections of this trail and then head back, but I found no sign showing the start of the upper section. I ended up hiking the whole trail in an hour and a half(one-way). That was at a fast pace, so may take longer. With daylight getting scarce, I decide to just walk down the road back to my car, knowing that the last half of the return hike would be totally dark. Near the parking area to of Mt. Cutler I started talking with a nice guy, and he offered to drive me back down to my car. Nice hike, great people.

hiking
25 days ago

great trail with awesome views. quite a few steep gravelly inclines and drop offs so watch your step.

I enjoy this trail, it's challenging but doable. Great view too.

1 month ago

trail running
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hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, but not well marked. It follows the road, which takes away from the whole "out in the woods" feel. Parking is very difficult due to lack of spaces.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy wooded trail.

2 months ago

Nice workout from mid to upper.... great views!! Lower-end is easy but still beautiful alongside the creek nice and shady.

hiking
2 months ago

This Trail wasn't marked very well, but he path was well worn so my family and I just stayed on the path. The views were amazing! My 6 year old got a little wore out towards the top but after a snack and break he was ready to go again. My 9 year loved it and had a blast climbing all the rocks. There was a downed tree about half way up which posed as a challenge for the 2 dogs, but us humans enjoyed the change and challenge. A chance to stretch our muscles and test our skills. There is a lot of lose gravel and rocks so be careful and watch your step. We ended up doing a lot of sliding on the rocks on the way down but nothing that serious. All in all this trail was well worth it. The whole way up we were snapping pics and videos. Will be back!

the trails were super skinny and there were no trail heads or maps. so what would be an easy trail turns into a super hard bc you end up taking a wrong turn. also there is no parking. you park in a little dirt patch on the side of the road.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

It seems like there are 2 listings for this trail! Also called North Cheyenne Columbine Trail. The All Trail info for this trail is a little confusing - the entire Columbine Trail from the Starsmore visitor center to the visitor center at Helen Hunt Falls is 4 miles (so 8 miles round trip). There are also portions between mid and upper columbine trail that I would say are moderate. The length and amount of elevation change combined with some tricky loose gravel in some places make this a challenging trail. That said, it is a beautiful hike with a couple of really rewarding overlooks to stop and enjoy the view!

hiking
3 months ago

The All Trail info for this trail is a little confusing - the entire Columbine Trail from the Starsmore visitor center to the visitor center at Helen Hunt Falls is 4 miles (so 8 miles round trip). There are also portions between mid and upper columbine trail that I would say are moderate. The length and amount of elevation change combined with some tricky loose gravel in some places make this a challenging trail. That said, it is a beautiful hike with a couple of really rewarding overlooks to stop and enjoy the view!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike. Enjoy hiking in N. Cheyenne Canyon

4 months ago

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hiking
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6 months ago

it was a good walk through. .see my review on north cheyenne canon.... reviewed wrong section..spectacular views

6 months ago

this was a really pretty walk along the Canon. between the Cheyenne Canon abs gold Camp.. well marked and you can pickup the trailhead just after the 7 Falls visitor center. it's marked the Upper Columbine trail...if you walk it straight it ends at the middle columbine trailhead pull off.. great views and a mix of high and low altitude hiking. bikers to dogs to kids... I think I logged jusy over 6 miles from end to end