ElevationAscent: 485' 148 m
Descent: -162' -49 m
High: 6,788' 2,069 m
Low: 6,358' 1,938 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A great mix of easy to moderate terrain for a fun-filled family adventure!”— K Keiter
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.
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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