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Chamberlain Trail

Intermediate
 3.5 (6)

A great mix of easy to moderate terrain for a fun-filled family adventure!


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2.4

Miles

3.8

KM

92%

Runnable

6,788' 2,069 m

High

6,358' 1,938 m

Low

485' 148 m

Up

162' 49 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

This trail is open to hikers, bikers, and equestrians.

Description

The City of Colorado Springs City Maps and Trailhead maps are out of date, thus can be a bit misleading. Beware when depending on these.

Parking for the Chamberlain trailhead is located on the right soon after entering North Cheyenne Canon Park. It is a small lot with two handicap accessible spaces. Look for the big blue water tank for a landmark. There are two trailheads at this point, one directly to the left of the signage or you can run up to the top of the utility road (going around a locked gate to keep motorized vehicles out) and begin the trail from here.

The trailhead that begins at the left of the sign is more scenic and adds to the pleasure of this trail. If entering from here, the path starts with easy terrain veiled with a rich canopy that allows for bursts of sunlight. Before long, gentle traversing and a slight incline takes the trail slightly above the Gold Camp Reservoir. Adjacent to the reservoir, the trail evens out and the turf is rather smooth. This is a great place to see some of the blooming plants and small critters.

The junction of Gold Camp Path is almost at the tip of the reservoir. There is a small clearing here, and the trails are somewhat marked with signposting. Although a bit confusing, take the third trail from the left to ensure you are still on Chamberlain Trail. Luckily, most of the rest of the trail is well marked.

From here, the trail rambles throughout wooded areas with arroyos and alongside meadows. The trail is sparsely populated, almost a hidden treasure only known to locals. Mule deer can be seen browsing, keeping eye on quiet travelers.

Eventually, the path sifts through the Stratton Forest Heights HOA, crossing city streets and finally dumping out on Stratton Forest Heights. A bit unexpected and not exactly welcoming. Nonetheless, a perfect opportunity to turn around and head back.

Flora & Fauna

Mule deer, squirrels and birds are easily found on this trail. If you bring your binoculars, you may be able to spot Bighorn sheep in the crevices of the rocks high up in the canyon.

Depending on the season, wildflowers and cacti, such as Prickly Pear, Yucca, Indian Paintbrush, Purple Asters will be in bloom along the trail. Now and again, various pines and oaks provide a canopy as you traverse the trail.

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Shared By:

K Keiter

Trail Ratings

  3.5 from 6 votes

#20009

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Enjoy easy terrain alongside Gold Camp Reservoir. This area is great for the whole family.
Jun 26, 2017 near Colorad…, CO
Explore the rich canopy bursting with light shortly after the trailhead.
Jun 26, 2017 near Colorad…, CO
Enjoy easy terrain alongside Gold Camp Reservoir. The shrubbery is brimming with birds.
Jun 26, 2017 near Colorad…, CO
Purple Asters bloom along the Chamberlain Trail.
Jun 26, 2017 near Colorad…, CO
Lower Columbine Trail follows easy terrain and sports a lush canopy.
Jun 5, 2017 near Colorad…, CO
This is the junction of Gold Camp Trail and Chamberlain Trail. Gold Camp Reservoir is in the background.
Jun 26, 2017 near Colorad…, CO

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Apr 1, 2018
Stephanie Nolin
Nice Easter Walk with Dad and the pups.