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Loved it!!!

better go before more snow comes, only me and 2 other hikers were on the trail, and they luckily marked the way with their feet. Awesome views all around. Bring snow chains if in a small vehicle, I passed a sedan that slid into a ditch in my Nissan Sentra, i had no issue with chains on my tires. snow is about 6 inches at TH, more at the top, very quiet and a nice getaway

If you are an avid hiker, this is not very exciting.

Well marked and great views at the top!

trail running
11 days ago

First time on this trail this afternoon. Nice trail, a few mildly interesting spots and a bit of a view right before the falls. Even without any mind blowing highlights, there is pretty complete immersion in nature. Was a bit icy in spots... I didn’t have any traction devices and my dog and I were just fine, but bring some kind of spikes if you aren’t comfortable on ice. There are still plenty of decent foot placements that aren’t solid ice if your eyes are open, but I’m sure many would appreciate spikes. I’m wondering how this’ll be in late winter/spring though... yikes!

Some mention they recorded the trail as longer than 6.3 miles, but my gps recorded it at 6.2 miles, 1440 ft of ascent, and it didn’t feel any longer than that to me.

This is an easy loop and not even a little moderate. There are more interesting trails in the park. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful easy little loop, but there are other trails in the park that make it clear this one can’t be 5 stars.

This trail gave me a tour of complete garden of the gods area. The landscape is so beautiful I can't explain in words.. Must do for everyone. Loved it.

Beautiful but definitely a challenge. If you are visiting, bring water and be prepared for climbing up on rocks. Waterfall was lovely even though it’s not a lot of water. But considering it hasn’t rained, it was such a treat to hear any water. Loved it.

Nice easy trail

This trail had amazing views. It is undoubtedly worth the effort. That being said, once you get towards the steeper portion of the trail, it is hard to follow. Eventually you'll spot the blue rope. If you can't make it up the rope, there is a huge boulder slightly lower with great views. Also, the road to the trailhead is a long, bumpy dirt road. My front-wheel drive SUV made it up fine but sloooooowly.

Decent trail but you have to hike 3/4 of a mile up the road to get to the trailhead and the lake at the end is full of people who just got in their car and drove there.

Great trail - good rock climbing at the end

hiking
29 days ago

If you're looking for an easy hike, this isn't it. Almost the entire way to the falls is uphill & there are several parts of the trail that are narrow (1 person wide). It is doable for beginners, but it will be pretty difficult. Tread carefully & watch your step. Wear good hiking shoes if you plan on going to the top. Bring some snacks like Clif bars & plenty of water/Gatorade.

Beautiful views of nature throughout the hike (especially when you get higher up), and it wasn't overpopulated like a lot of touristy places are. You will be immersed in nature. We noticed a bunch of small Brook Trout swimming in the stream that leads up to the falls, which was the only sign of wildlife we saw on our trek. Once you get to St. Mary's Falls, there will be a waterfall on a steep slab rock. I wouldn't say it is "magnificent", but it's still quite pretty. There are some rock stairs that lead you up to a sitting area of log benches and a better position to look at the falls. Our group went in mid-October, so it was significantly colder when we reached the top. The temperature when we got to the parking lot was high 60's, but when we reached St. Mary's Falls there was snow on the ground! If you go later in the year, bring a sweatshirt or jacket. When the sun went down behind the mountains, it also got significantly cooler.

One thing we did notice is the trail is longer than 6.3 miles, which was mentioned by some other reviewers. There's a part on the trail with a sign that states the falls are 1.7 miles away, but it's actually closer to 2.4 miles away. We clocked the total hike (there & back) as over 7.5 miles. There might be some discrepancies between our mileage and other hikers' mileages, but regardless it's definitely longer than 6.3 miles.

Despite being in pain for a large portion of the hike, I enjoyed this hike overall & would do it again. (Next time I will bring better hiking shoes!)

This was a very nice trail with beautiful views at the top. We clocked it as closer to 6.7 to 6.9 miles. The last part is fairly steep. The water flow was low, but there was a bit of ice around the falls which made it very pretty. We did not encounter too many people on the actual trail up to the falls. Most turned off and went the Seven Bridges route.

Other reviews mention the trail isn’t well-marked, but it’s not terrible. I got a little lost, but I didn’t go far before realizing I needed to retrace my steps. Trail is fairly well-trodden.
Views at the top are absolutely amazing.
From car to car took me four hours, but I am still acclimating and it definitely slowed my pace. Will definitely be doing this one again!

Good description of trail and views. Mid October was very nice. Not too warm. Trail could’ve been marked better.

Easy hike with a great reward.

Beautiful hikes. Pretty easy hiking with great views!

Pretty easy hike, paved mostly so great for littles. Awesome rock formations to check out too!

Great hike! Loved everything about this one- smaller distance but you still get a nice workout in. As others have stated, the view at the end is amazing. I enjoyed the trail as well- lots of trees and openness. Only saw one other person on the trail today- little bit of snow off to the side.

Another one of my favorite hikes. Used to hike it regularly when living in Colorado Springs.

I'm giving this trail and all within Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument 5 stars simply because this park is a hidden gem within the Pikes Peak region of Colorado. For the most part all the trails are easy and interconnect so visitors can hike the entire park in a day if desired. Visit the old homestead and keep a look out for the elk heard that frequently travels within the monument.

Great trail and amazing views! Went on a foggy Sunday and had the whole trail to myself!

Awesome views of Colorado Springs! I’ve hiked most of the trails around Cheyenne and this is the best view of the springs. Option to park at the top of Cheyenne canyon and walk or park along old stage road to extend the length of your hike. The rope is a little sketchy but it seems study for now. There’s a lot to climb once you get past the rope! I would highly recommend this hike

A step trail up and over the falls. Very pretty and if you want to hike longer there are many more trails close.

Great view in relation to the effort it takes to get there

Hot in summer. But beautiful

Great hike. What a fantastic 360 degree view at the summit.

Nice length and difficulty with a beautiful view at the top. Not as heavily trafficked as other trails in the area with the leaf peepers. My GPS put it at 5 miles round trip.

We actually did this in reverse because we didn’t want to wait for the shuttle bus. Husband, 10 year old and me. My ankles are crap and this was a spur of the moment hike, no poles, Nike’s, one bottle of water. It took us about 90 minutes to get down. The top is all rocks, no real trail. A biker on top told us to follow the cairns down and that’s what we did.
It’s a beautiful hike, but the summit part is a challenge for newbie hikers and those with bad ankles!

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