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Helen Hunt Falls Trail is a 0.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.1 miles Elevation Gain: 6 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

This is well populated hiking location with a visitor's center open in the summer months. You can view the falls from the road so it's easy to bring children or those who may have trouble hiking. There is a steep hiking trail wraps along the creek to a look out point above the falls. Helen Hunt Falls named after Helen Hunt Jackson, author and social activist in the late 19th century marks the abrupt descent of Cheyenne Creek where North Cheyenne Canyon Rd merges with Gold Camp Rd. The hike takes you up beside the face of the falls, then back around to another creek and a promontory from which you can view the entire valley.

hiking
3 days ago

Simple easy trail with a beautiful waterfall. Not much else to say about it.

hiking
7 days ago

Amazing trail. There’s probably close to hundreds of little trails that start at the waterfall. The water is a decent temperature and not ice cold. It’s very high in elevation and it can be difficult to breathe if you move too fast. It’s also very, very humid. Otherwise, it’s a beautiful trail. The river goes on for miles and sounds beautiful. There are very little bugs and the ground is soft but not muddy. The trailhead is mildly busy, but you can cross the river and it’s very isolated, shaded, quiet and peaceful. The road to the waterfall is curvy and is a stereotypical mountain road, not ideal for inexperienced or anxious drivers.

hiking
1 month ago

More of a scenic overlook than a hike! I always thought this was a legit hike when I was passing through to Upper Gold Camp road, but it is actually super short kind of boring. Very beautiful though!

hiking
1 month ago

Drive up rewards for this spectacular waterfall.

hiking
1 month ago

Was a really good hike. I would say it’s moderate going up but super relaxed coming back. A strong recommendation, took me and a group 4hr and 12min

hiking
1 month ago

I would say an enjoyable and easy hike. First two miles you gain quite a bit of elevation. Then it kind of levels off. I wore hiking boots and will wear trail shoes next time. Expect loose gravel. But nothing crazy.

1 month ago

short but a nice view of the waterfall.

hiking
2 months ago

I suggest doing another trail in the park as well. Doesn’t take much energy.

hiking
3 months ago

A lot of loose gravel Walking slow still fell

hiking
icy
snow
3 months ago

Very icy this time of year. Make sure you have snow shoes on.

icy
4 months ago

I visited in Feb 2019 and it was still too icy to experience much of it. What I did see was neat and I'm sure it's awesome when it's actually safe to move around! Hopefully will be back during a warmer time of year to see more!

hiking
4 months ago

Great trail, beautiful view at the end. A bit of an incline and since I was out of shape at the time it was a little hard but if you’re in shape it’s perfect!

hiking
icy
4 months ago

Once you cross the bridge you encounter ice before going up the steps which were completely covered in ice. That area doesn’t get the sun light, so continually refreezing has made it dangerous. Wear spikes and bring gloves to hold the cold railing on the way up/back. Not safe for kids at this point, in my opinion. Once you get beyond the steps, it’s better.

5 months ago

very icy! nice short walk

hiking
icy
snow
6 months ago

Absolutely beautiful with snow covering everywhere. Took my 6 and 7 year old kids up. The stairs were almost not visible at all, mostly a hike over snow. Hold the rail and go slow. Gold camp rod is worth driving up and looking at while you’re there!

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
7 months ago

Beautiful waterfall, but most of the stairs leading up to the top are too icy to walk on. I’ll come back when the weather warms up.

hiking
closed
7 months ago

so the off road portion of this trail is closed. all trails should remove the off road selection for this trail. disappointing to say the least.

hiking
8 months ago

Very easy trail, leading up to beautiful views. Ample parking at trail head.

hiking
8 months ago

My almost 2 year old did it by himself... easy and pretty!

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome hike.

hiking
10 months ago

This is a really short hike to a pretty waterfall. There are pull offs on the road on the way up that are neat to check out the creek. The drive up to the parking lot is beautiful with a nice paved and steep sloped road.

hiking
10 months ago

Short hike, pretty view.

hiking
10 months ago

short and easy, small waterfall around starting point and decent view from top

hiking
10 months ago

This is a very pretty, easy, short hike. It's a great one to start if you plan to do more hiking in this area.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice easy trail. Beautiful views. Dog friendly. I just felt like there were lots of flies out there. (Or maybe I need to shower more often). I will go back to do More hiking in the area. Pack a lunch and bring the kids. Great family fun

hiking
10 months ago

We really enjoyed this quick little hike with our 9 year old son. Perfect for families! You can take sandwiches and have lunch up top. Beautiful views!

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