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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 1450 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
27 minutes 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
20 days ago

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

Nice hike. Enjoy hiking in N. Cheyenne Canyon

1 month ago

1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

3 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

5 months ago

really fun for the whole family.

hiking
5 months ago

Best trail in the city.

10 months ago

Trail head incorrect. But otherwise was a great day in November for a hike with temps in the 60s

hiking
1 year ago

I followed the suggestion on EveryTrail to park at Starsmore Discovery Center and begin at the Lower Columbine Trail, which eventually links to the Middle and Upper Columbine Trails. The Upper Columbine Trail ends at a parking lot just up the road from Helen Hunt Falls which is well worth taking a peek at. The full out and back route with the falls is about 9 miles or so and made for a great half day expedition with great scenery.

hiking
1 year ago

Parking is very limited, but it is beautiful!

hiking
1 year ago

walking
1 year ago

Easy, great for kids, scenic, places for picnic.

1 year ago

1 year ago

Started at the Lower Columbine Trail and the continued on the Middle Columbine Trail. The beginning of the trail followed the small creek and the road. Once I started on the middle trail it began to get steep and had fantastic views.

I have to say that my fear of heights kicked in as parts of the path had a straight slope down in one side. It does get narrow at some points, but bikers and people with dogs were just fine on the path.

1 year ago

The view on the top is GREAT! Better than Hunt Falls (next door) and it wasn't as steep of a hike. Brought my dogs. They loved it. Would come back again.

hiking
2 years ago

Great trail. It was pretty easy but has some amazing views.