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Columbine Trail

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3.8 Miles 6.1 Kilometers


83%

Runnable

1,284' 391 m

Ascent

-315' -96 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

7,359' 2,243 m

High

6,309' 1,923 m

Low

Shared By K Keiter

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All Clear 75 days ago
Snowy, Mostly Dry - Snow-packed in the shaded areas, dry gravel in the sun. Not icy right now, may change. Did not need traction. 12/8/18 History

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Columbine Trail traverses through the cañon from Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center to above Helen Hunt Falls.

K Keiter

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers

Description

The Lower Columbine Trailhead is located behind the Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center and meanders along North Cheyenne Creek. The sound of the creek's rushing water is gratifying and idyllic. The trail is easy running with very few obstacles and not much grade. The spring blooms are aromatic, and the canopy offers an ample covering. Along the lower trail there are picnic areas, so be ready to navigate moderate crowds of families, strollers, dogs on leash, equestrians and bikes.

Mid-Columbine Trailhead is about a mile from the Lower Columbine Trailhead across N. Cheyenne Canyon Road. A small lot for parking is available at this trailhead. The Mid-Columbine Trail is intermediate/difficult in difficulty. The trail narrows and ascends quickly along switchbacks covered in loose gravel. As the difficulty of the trail increases, the quantity of other trail users decreases. The rock formations are robust on this stretch of the trail, as are the views.

Upper Columbine Trail can be reached from the first parking area past the Helen Hunt Falls parking lot along North Cheyenne Canyon Road, or if you continue to follow the Mid-Columbine Trail, it begins at the junction of the Gold Camp Road spur trail and the Columbine Trail markers. The Upper Columbine Trail winds through the woodlands and this part of the forest has some enchanting foliage with tiny streams. The grade is less on the Upper Columbine Trail than the Mid-Columbine Trail, so it is more accessible to families and intermediate runners. Although, it is open to bikers, hikers, runners, and equestrians, the traffic is sparse, so it is a quiet outing.

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Oct 8, 2018
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shawn brennan
colorado springs
shawn brennan   colorado springs
Nice hike -- tough run! I'm always surprised this trail from Starsmore Nature Center to Helen Hunt Falls isn't longer than it is, because it feels like more due to the climb. There are some shady sections on the trail, but a lot of the climbs are in the sun so pick your run time carefully. The trail is well maintained (May 2017) but there are sections of pea-sized gravel that make running up tough May 28, 2017

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