North Cheyenne Columbine Trail

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North Cheyenne Columbine Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1998 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

snow

washed out

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.

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18 days ago

Great hike on Apr 8. Beautiful trail with outstanding views. Our first Boy Scout "Philmont Prep" hike. I'd recommend this hike to anyone.

hiking
20 days ago

The trail is broken up into lower, middle, and upper. Middle is one I would rate as moderate due to the elevation gain alone, plus the midday sun will bake you on that stretch. The view is well worth it. Recommend starting from Starsmore, which always has tons of parking.

1 month ago

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2 months ago

Fun hike. Good elevation gain. Beautiful views coming and going.

hiking
2 months ago

Great Trail...always start at Lowers and do the whole thing. Excellent hike for me(62) - work up a sweat even on the coldest days ! Average just under 3 hrs. for the hike, most of the time have "Nugget" w/me and NO problems. You can get away from the WIND up in the Canyon, which is nice here in Colorado Springs. During Winter months you should have traction devices for your footwear - gets awful slick in places - be careful !

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5 months ago

Nice trail, esp. with kids. Great for starting out hiking, getting in shape.

hiking
5 months ago

Another nice trail in North Cheyenne Canyon Park. I parked at the lot near the Discovery Center, plenty of parking on a Wednesday. I planned to hike the lower and middle sections of this trail and then head back, but I found no sign showing the start of the upper section. I ended up hiking the whole trail in an hour and a half(one-way). That was at a fast pace, so may take longer. With daylight getting scarce, I decide to just walk down the road back to my car, knowing that the last half of the return hike would be totally dark. Near the parking area to of Mt. Cutler I started talking with a nice guy, and he offered to drive me back down to my car. Nice hike, great people.

5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

great trail with awesome views. quite a few steep gravelly inclines and drop offs so watch your step.

5 months ago

I enjoy this trail, it's challenging but doable. Great view too.

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