St. Mary's Falls Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, CO that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, camping, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
We enjoyed this trail...little rough on our dog. Long walk to get to the trail head. We liked the saloon and small town feel.
Pretty magnificent views of the city and the trails provided some breathtaking views. The later half of the trail provides the ambience of the stream as you walk along it as well as the very beginning which is very relaxing. The trail splits in some sections but will still take you to the falls whether you take the upper or lower pathway. Helen Hunt Falls is there as well which was an bonus for us as we're new to Colorado!
The falls are pretty and so is the view. At the last sign, there is a path going straight and one going to the right. GO TO THE RIGHT! If you go straight, you wind up scrambling up steep rocks. the path to the right is nice and easy tho.
Pretty area. The hike is not very steep, but can be a bit tricky right at the falls. We continued on the trail that makes it to the summit of Mount Rosa for about a 14-mile round trip.
Great trail all around with views and water through out
Great hike! Nice and easy
great trail. loved the views. when you get to the 2/10th mile marker look over your right shoulder. that is the trail. the oath straight ahead leads to a nice lunch spot, but dies not go up the mountain.
This was a great workout with beautiful views. The trail is heavily wooded once you reach the trail head and follows a stream for the majority of the way. The last .2 miles is the longest .2 miles you'll ever walk due to the steep incline. The pay off is worth the suck you'll feel towards the end. I would strongly encourage sun screen as I thought because of the tree coverage I wouldn't get burned. That simply was not the case. I would also not let the distance fool you, this was not a short hike due to the incline. It took us (adults) over 2 hours to complete! Overall great experience!
Completed the hike with a 12 and 7 year old. The 7 year old nearly stopped at the last .2 mile mark to the fall, but some great hikers on the trail convinced her to finish it. She did finish, and it was worth it. If you don't have the app, you could lose the trail. Luckily all the hikers you pass can help you stay on course. The final .2 miles feels like a mile due to the incline but the payoff at the end makes it worth it. The loose gravel made it a little difficult on the way down. We also Yoon our 9 month old puppy. She loved all the cut offs where she could cook off on the creek. I plan on hiking this trail again in about a month so we can enjoy the fabulous fall colors.
this is a well kept trail and really beautiful - Deeply wooded and follows the creek all the way up to the falls- It is hard as there is a lot of uphill climb and altitude gains. It wasnt crowded and we met good folks and dogs on the trail. Make sure to take plenty of water with you and be prepared for an incline
Nice trail, definitely tough at the end, but worth it.
Found the trailhead easily thanks to this site! Only mishap is when I saw the sign "Saint Mary's Falls .2 Miles" with an arrow, I misread the direction of the arrow and walked past the sign. Turn right at the sign!! Other than that, a great trail with amazing views. My favorite so far.
So I thought the description of how to find the trail head was confusing. The coordinates are on Lower Gold Camp Road so we got a bit lost first. To get there you park in the lot above Helen Hunt Falls and take the fairly busy trail at the back end of the lot. Follow it past the collapsed tunnel and then there is a sign that will lead you on a path to the right.
It was definitely a moderate hike, quite a bit of elevation gain especially towards the end but very pretty and quiet on a weekday.
If you come down from Mount Rosa this trail definitely makes for some really good down hill MTB trail. Be weary of hikers.
This trail was a little confusing to find (bc I didn't have this app). It gains a lot of elevation, and it's all up hill. The views at the falls are great. From here you can see The Broadmoor Resort, and downtown COS. The falls are super pretty and peaceful. The trail is very clear the whole way. You'll want to park in the High Drive dirt parking lot and take the walk down High drive road and just keep going until you see a sign for St. Mary's. There is a clear sign for it, unlike Seven Bridges. The distance is not very accurate, only because you've already hiked over a mile just to get to the trailhead, and that last 3/4 mile-1 Mike are pretty strenuous. Still a great hike. On this trail you can also keep going to the summit of Mt. Rosa.
Love this trail. The waterfall is worth the hike up. Lots of shady areas.