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Columbine Trail is a 7.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.6 mi Elevation gain 1,607 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Cave Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky Snow
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Getting There

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.

Each trail head has a small parking area.

Technically the trail is a "multiuse" trail, meaning it's open to horses, bicycles, and hikers. I encountered one bicyclist and no evidence of horse traffic. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash. The trail bed is mostly decomposed granite; so if your dog has tender pads, you might want to consider trail shoes. The lower third of the trail is close to the creek, which makes water available for dogs. Once past the Middle Trailhead, you'll be high on the canyon wall; so I recommend bringing water for yourself and your dog.

Directions: Exit I-25 at exit 140. Go south on Tejon and bear right onto Cheyenne Blvd. This joins W. Cheyenne Canyon Rd about 50 yards from the Starsmore Discovery Center. Turn left on South Cheyenne Canyon Rd and then into the parking lot. If you want to start at the Middle or Upper trailheads, turn right onto North Cheyenne Canyon Rd.

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Eli Yoeli
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HikingGreat!

Nice trail. I would not go all the way to the end (upper columbine parking). There is a viewpoint with intersection to old gold mine trail. This is a good point to turn around.

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Mike White
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Karen Salcedo
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HikingNo shade

Pretty easy hike, minimal shade.

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Bobby Brodney
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Hiking

Super clean terrain, trail is made for bikes so be careful if you’re hiking. A few really great views of the mountain range, And was a nice intro to this area.

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Cody Bitz
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HikingGreat!

Nice view with low population when I went. Go early it’s very peaceful

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Lenny Cervantes
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HikingGreat!Rocky

Got there around 6:30 on a Wednesday the smoke was not bad at all. There are a couple trails that merge into this one, so watch out for those signs. But overall and beautiful hike

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Devin Becker
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Cool breeze from approaching storm. Hiked back from Helen Hunt Falls. Got caught in heavy rain last 1-1/2 miles.

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Devin Becker
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Pretty hike, with lots of ups and downs.

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Sara LeVine
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HikingGreat!

gorgeous nature. pictures don't do it justice. there are many different possible trails to use. not too busy, very dog friendly.

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Debra Hurt
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It was a beautiful trail,

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Scott Powell
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Hiking

Great trail! I had only been in CO 5 days so it was a good trail to help my lungs acclimate to the altitude. Looked at the distance and elevation gained the night before and that’s what convinced me to give it a go. A pretty big hail storm had come through the previous evening and wreaked havoc on most of the trees. Gravel trail, but had absolutely no footing issues. Started the hike at 8am- was really nice!

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Randy Kerckhoff
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Hiking

Very nice trail.

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Bethany Marie
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Philip Rubocki
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This trail needs to be updated.

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Fabi Vargas
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John Duncan
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Pretty cool, pretty tired...people at Helen Hunt falls surprisingly not hospitable!!!

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Jessica Brophy
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Andy Pinckney
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Moderate hike. The views are all inside the canyon area, there isn't a place that had a panoramic view. Decent amount of people on the trail, took maybe 3.5-4 hours from lower mid section to top parking and back.

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Becca Diaz
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Marshall Trexler
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Wanted to do Mt. Garfield but the main road to trailhead was closed. Did columbine for the 2nd time. easy trail with some small steep areas. I actually think it was easier covered in ice as the loose rocks kept me slipping. Overall it's an easy trail to walk or jog.

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Jen O
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Only did part of this trail, as the gate to get to Seven Falls and Mt. Cutler was closed. Gets quite steep for a lot of the way up, some decent views and a stream for part of the way. Only animals we saw were birds. GPS signal was weak for some of the trail, so map isn’t totally accurate.

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Shawna Simpson
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Hiking

Beautiful hike mid day - short and easy for kids! Parking is tricky so we parked a ways away and just walked to the trailhead.

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Camille Theriot
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Arrived around 10 am on a Saturday intending to hike Seven Bridges but the lot was slammed. So we drove back down the mountain and decided to do this trail without knowing anything about it. Happy we did! A great hike with a fair amount of incline hiking and decline hiking. We didn't start or finish the trail where the map indicates but still managed to get in 7ish miles total. We took a lunch break at the Helen Hunt Falls which was a great place for a break. I would highly recommend poles for the declines, a lot of the rock is very slick. We encountered a few mountain bikers but they were very good about being heard before they were seen. A bit of road noise at the beginning and end of the trail but the middle was quiet with some nice views.

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Don Hewitt
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Nice trail with a rather steep start. The map routes you down a trail at the very end to the road, but the trail is closed now. There was a decent amount of shade especially after you get up the big hill.

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Andrew F
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Not a bad hike. Definitely loose gravel and mountain bikers. All good though. Well maintained and a good workout.

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Cecilia Harry
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Really good, challenging hike with a kid on my back. It was well traveled today. Nearly everyone was not wearing a mask but respectful of keeping social distance whenever possible. We parked at the Nature Center and made it about 75 minutes in before turning around. Will be back!

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