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Middle Columbine Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.4 mi Elevation gain 702 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Forest Views
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The Columbine Trail is a great place to explore and get some exercise a short drive from Colorado Springs. This trail offers beautiful views of the Cheyenne Cañon, and the surrounding area. There are 3 different trailheads to access this route: lower, middle, and upper. The route on this page has you starting at the middle trailhead. Beware that there is a small parking area, so you might have to go to a different trailhead if the parking area is full. The trail is mostly gravel. If you'd like to extend your hike, you can go past the turn-around point on this page, and continue west up Cheyenne Cañon.

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Dani Cuevas
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Hillary Jones
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Tough trail for myself! I’m a chubby, outta shape Texan that loves to hike but never gets in shape to hike.

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Walter Kaudelka
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Rico Cajigal
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Gravely trail and pretty tight most of the way. Was kinda tough to get around others with my big dog. Goes near the road for a while to start. Seemed most people were using the trail for exercise. Great views once you get up there though.

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Vivian Perkins
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Tyler McCurdy
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That initial first incline is a killer on the legs but quickly gets you to some incredible views. Everyone on the trial was super friendly and overall a good hike!

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Matthew Williams
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Nice very well maintained trail, steady elevation gain on the out leg. Good views. On a side note: anyone that leaves their dog’s crap on the trail, may the next time you take a hike I hope you reenact the opening scene from the original Total Recall movie. Thanks.

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Yassi Yassemi
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Soooo many trails branching off this! Tons of poison ivy on the Lower Columbine. Not one person wearing a mask! Perfect hike to take friends from the lowlands.

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AllTrails User
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The best views so far. Short and sweet.

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Andrea Mary
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Family of Free
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On July 18 my husband, 10 month old, red heeler and I Adventured into this beautiful hike into the woods, there really isn’t a destination, so enjoy all the views on the way up to the top. At the top it starts to wind down onto a separate trail head that connects to the main road. If you do not want to hike back on the road or go back up hill, we recommend turning around at a pile of logs before it turns and starts going down hill. It was super steep with switch backs the entire time on loose pebbles. We hiked in our hiking sandals and did perfectly fine though. The ground was extremely hot for our dog, and there is no water on the way, so make sure to bring enough water. There is a creek at the bottom across the street that you can get to after the guard rails. There were other trail heads that branched off, so we will definitely be back to explore those. We have a YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuqAytrT-U1vlphR3WWujJw that goes over all of our adventures. Here is the link to this hike https://youtu.be/oz9TTtJ-LC0

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Paul Elliott
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HikingGreat!

This is a very nice trail that winds through the forest. There is ample shade and sunshine. The trail is well-maintained and mostly scree and dirt. The distance is not 4.5 miles as noted in the title. It is 1.2 miles one way to the middle of the Columbine Trail so a total of about 2.5 miles. At the "peak" of the Middle Columbine trail you can continue on down to Helen Hunt Falls. Note: as you are coming down the trail, you will see a sign that says there is a new trail that connects with N Cheyenne Canyon Road. If you go left you will intersect the road well below Helen Hunt Falls so make sure you go right at this split.

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Kristina Miller
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Edmondson Trail

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Jaycee Logsdon
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Beautiful hike, would repeat

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Kristina Miller
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beautiful, quick pick me up, kinda trail. will definitely repeat.

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Paul Maes
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Nice in town hike with beautiful views and plenty of areas of shade. Just busy.

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Lindy C.
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Wouldn't call it 'rocky', more of a gravel trail. pretty steep in the beginning. decent trail! Happy Hiking!

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Hanna Gritton
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Nice out and back trail. Wildflowers, birds, and great views from the top. Went 9am on a weekday and had no trouble parking. Definitely wear hiking shoes because it can get slippery on the rocky decline.

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Sandra Williams
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Overall a great trail but very slippery because of all the gravel. The first part is steep and there isn't much shade. about half way up the incline decreases and you will ger some amazing views! Watch out for bikes racing downhill.

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Preston H
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Good for a quick hike in the middle of the week!

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Sheyna Ruzycki
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Nice short challenging hike near the city! Lots of people by 9 am on a Saturday but everyone was respectful of keeping distance. Only one person with dogs off leash everyone else was following the rules! Beautiful hike!

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Nicole Mikita
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Pretty trail! The parking lot is small like others say, but other pull offs are nearby to park in. The trail is pretty much uphill until you hit the halfway point, then it descends back down. Therefore, your trek back would consist of you going uphill for the first half and downhill the second half. Trail is also mostly gravel making the downhill parts a little treacherous trying not to slip. Overall a great trail. I went alone around 9:30 am on a Wednesday during “quarantine” and was able to snag a parking spot and saw only about a handful of people on this particular trail.

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Lindsay Sumner
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I took my dog on this trail & it was nice & clear. Spots with sun & shade. She got super tired because it was uphill the entire first half, so we only hiked about half of it. From what we saw, it’s a great place to hike without spikes! It was crowded, so be prepared for parking to be kind of a pain.

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Drake Oversen
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Great hike, wore spikes but probably dud get need to, a lot of the previous nights snow was melting already. I ended up doing middle and upper columbine...peaceful. April 3 2020

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Ellie Morton
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Classified Noneoffyourbusiness
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A long hike with great views. Not much shade until you get close to Captain Jacks.

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Jen Heap
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Perhaps my Apple Watch is wrong but it recorded about 2.3 miles one way, and 2.3 miles back. Beautiful trail, very clear right now!

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Michelina Bjorkland
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Great trail with amazing views. The trail was inclined the majority of the way up, but wasn’t too difficult. Definitely a great workout

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