Explore the most popular birding trails in North Cheyenne Cañon Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Has a great payoff at the end - beautiful spot for a picnic! Some steep spots but still pretty family friendly.

Totally awesome!!! Trail can be a little hard to follow right where it breaks off of seven bridges and up to the summit, but fairly easy to find your way. Definitely read the reviews below in regards to the last intersection. You’ll want to avoid the marked trails straight and to your left and head up the mountain where you can see a small trail peaking through the trees to your right. Started from the parking lot at 6:20am and was at the top by 7:45am. I was lucky enough to have the summit all to myself! Definitely recommend going early in the day to avoid both the heat and the crowds at seven bridges.

Very touristy. Insane amount of traffic. The mountain itself is awesome and I would love to just go explore Take my advise and park at one of the pull offs and just start exploring.

hiking
4 days ago

Brought my little tyke with me. Due to his pace and a 130pm start we only went half way. Lovely views. I look forward to doing it alone and with better gripping shoes!

love the trails

hiking
8 days ago

Nice little trail perfect for a quick outing in the morning or end of the day. Like others have said there is some bare rock and loose gravel towards the top but if you have decent tread and take your time you will be fine. Can’t beat the views all along the way and at the summit!

hiking
8 days ago

Brutal gravel. Suggest doing in the fall! Did not complete. Odds were not in my favor

Quick easy trail!

Beautiful little trail. Exposed portions in the summer but beautiful views of CoS. The falls at the end were nice and provided a great place to rest and admire the view.

walking
9 days ago

We lugged a 50 pound six year old on our backs. Gravely in a lot of places. Dad slipped once with kiddo on back at a gravely stair on way down. Great intro for flat landers getting used to altitude. Total elevation gain is way more than the 6 feet listed!

Beautiful hike from the Starsmore Visitors Center to Helen Hunt Falls one way. The canyon has nice vistas with red rock canyon walls and a great view overlooking Colorado Springs. Hiked on 5/28/18.

hiking
12 days ago

My favorite hike in the Springs area - easy to drive to, incredible views at the summit, not too heavily trafficked. Personally, I would rate this hike easy to moderate. Elevation gain is more than manageable if you're in shape; takes me about 2 hours including some view-appreciating time at the top.

hiking
13 days ago

The lower trail is simple and travels by the creek in some shade. The middle section climbs steeply up and down in little shade. It offers spectacular views and cool rock formations. The waterfall is nice, though commercialized as visitors can drive to it. For more info and pics visit. https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/06/05/roadtrip-to-the-rockies-columbine-trail-to-helen-hunt-falls/

hiking
14 days ago

Nice easy trail but definitely heavily populated. We saw at least 10 different people in under a mile. Should be switched from “light” to “heavy”.

Good tourist trail. Gets better and more adventurous with steep trail, rock, and gravel if you continue past the ending where the stream begins to thicken and people begin to sit on the rocks. Have to be careful going past that part though as the gravel is very loose, going down especially. Worth it for the views if not doing any other trails in the area. My biggest complaint is that there is no big sign saying don’t drink the water due to giardia. We didn’t see the small notice on the chalkboard windows of the visitor center until after the hike and after our dog had refreshed herself with spring water. Now she has diarrhea :(

hiking
17 days ago

3/4 of the trail is gradual incline and decline with some more steep parts. The last 1/4 of the trail is where it becomes more difficult and the gravel becomes more loose (especially on the way down!). Mostly shaded trail which was nice. There were parts of the trail that were not marked which should be to keep people on track. Once you get to the summit sign there are 11 red arrows until the top. At the top it’s a beautiful view but knats were everywhere so it was hard to stay long to enjoy. On the way down be careful to follow the trail. Ended up going down off trail to the right on this steep very gravely area before we realized this was unfamiliar territory. Overall it was a great hike! Perfect for those not totally in shape and acclimated to the altitude but enjoy a challenge. My mom said she did it in under 30 cuss words! Haha ;)

hiking
17 days ago

Amazing views

hiking
18 days ago

Trail had great views, real easy for my dog and I. Great trail for so close to Colorado Springs

The views are pretty. Most of the trail has loose gravel. There is not a good area where you can let kids down and play/eat. The loop is confusing as you get to the “end/top” of the loop, and it seems to turn into another trail. We ended up coming back down the same way we went up.

the picture is NOT St.Mary's falls, that pic is the Helen Hunt Falls. either way, St.Marys Falls Trail is a great stop off on the way to summit Mt.Rosa.

hiking
20 days ago

this is one of our favorite trails. great payoff views from the summit.

Good trail. The last run is not marked well. Very loose rocks and can be precarious on the way down. We got a tweaked ankle on way down. Worth the extra effort to get to the top. Stream running on left of trail most of the way. All in all a good trail but hard if not used to the elevation. Falls at top are at 9100’ Cover photo is wrong!!!!

hiking
21 days ago

This trail was awesome! We went hiking today with our 6 month old baby in a carrier and I sure got a work out! Beautiful view at the top! A little slippery on the gravel coming back down but not too bad! Will definitely be doing this again.

hiking
21 days ago

This is a reverse style trail. You drive up the mountain a bit to park at the trail head, then hike your way down and back up. You have to watch out for bikers.

Absolutely beautiful views at the top. There are several areas that were very steep at the summit. You need proper shoes for this due to climbing over rocks and loose gravel.

Really great mountain summit that isn’t heavily trafficked. You’ll hike Seven Bridges - follow the post marked “622” and keep going. You’ll end up in Jones Park just past a bunch of Aspen trees. There is a map posted in Jones Park, from that map turn around and head up the mountain There will be intersecting trails of 622 and 667, don’t take these trails. The trail up Kineo Mnt from Jones Park is hard to see for the 1st 50 yards. Behind that map is a fallen tree - go parallel with this huge fallen tree and you should see the trail after you hike a short distance. It’s only about a 1/2 mile up Kineo Mnt from Jones Park. Once you reach the top you can hike to the summit and up on some rocks to see views of Colorado Springs and Cheyenne Mnt.

From the trailhead it is actually 4.5 miles round trip. I love this hike and have done it a few times. Becomes technically more challenging past the saddle on your way up. worth it!! Make sure you go all the way to the end where the almost 360 lookout spot is.

Peaceful trail only down side it is not very well marked

such a great hike

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