St. Mary's Falls Trail

MODERATE 402 reviews

St. Mary's Falls Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1535 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

snow

Directions from Colorado Springs: ACCESS: 1. From Colorado Springs, take either 26th St. or Cheyenne Road to North Cheyenne Canyon Road to Gold Camp Road. About 1 mile past the locked gate at the intersection of North Cheyenne Canyon Road,Gold Camp Road andHigh Drive is the trailhead.

5 days ago

5 days ago

Beautiful hike!

backpacking
6 days ago

Very foggy day but going through the mountain was amazing. Streams and little waterfalls along the way make for a beautiful hike. It's moderate for sure but in some places towards the end could be considered a little hard. Totally worth the trek. The actual falls are anticlimatic compared to the walk up there. Very slippery at top so be careful! Only negative is parking is limited and there are no signs in parking lot to tell you which way to go to get to the trailhead. Friendly hikers helped us find it.

hiking
6 days ago

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7 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

Make sure you go all the way to the top. when you see the sign that says .2 miles to st Mary's falls, keep going up until you see a second sign for falls that says 500 ft. I saw lots of people turn around after the first sign. what a waste.

hiking
9 days ago

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11 days ago

13 days ago

Great trail. We are avid hikers so this should have been easy but the altitude gain makes it tough. We went pretty slowly for the last half mile. The falls are relaxing and pleasant. We took about 1.5 hours to get to the falls and 50 min to return. Parking was scarce. And the first gravel leg of the trail was crowded but it thinned out when the trail narrowed.

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

Beautiful trail. We can hear the water almost throughout the trail. The last 0.2 miles was a challenge to me because of the loose gravel, steep and narrow trail which doesn't help with my acrophobia, but it was really worth finishing this trail.

14 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

Last half mile is pretty steep but we'll worth it once you reach the falls

hiking
15 days ago

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17 days ago

Beautiful hike. Only took off a star due to the walk up / down the road. Would like to continue to Mt. Rosa from this trail some day.

19 days ago

We hiked to the Falls last week and enjoyed the solitude. Very few hikers out. We did encounter a nice sized black bear on the trail. He was not aggressive but did not want to get off the trail either. He closed to 40' before our yelling encouraged him to go uphill and around us. I had my bear spray out and ready if he had come closer. The Falls are beautiful and this hike would be great hike in a few weeks when the leaves turn.
Always check your back trail as the bear was coming up behind us and making no noise!

hiking
20 days ago

Had a great time on this short hike. My wife and I are from out of state and we fell behind hiking with some friends who are used to the elevation. Be prepared to slow down a little if you're not used to the thinner air. Easy, well worn trail with wooden or stone steps built in on the steeper sections. The falls are pretty and if you're feeling adventurous there's a pretty significant scramble up to an outcropping over the falls. Including the hour we spent at the falls, round trip took about 3.5 hrs. Best tip, we started at 06:30 just as the sun was coming up. We didn't see anyone the entire hike and were the only ones at the falls the entire time. When we got back to the parking lot, it was so packed that people were lined up to take our parking spot. I suggest getting going as early as possible. The sunrise views were beautiful too!