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This a fun ride from Upper Gold Camp down to the Open Space. Great views and hairy switchbacks.


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4.2

Miles

6.7

KM

Singletrack

7,487' 2,282 m

High

6,276' 1,913 m

Low

1,432' 437 m

Up

221' 67 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

The trail doesn't end at Helen Hunt Falls anymore. They routed it to go up to Gold Camp near the big gravel lot.

Description

Columbine trail winds through the Cheyenne Canyon starting at the east end of the canyon and ending by Helen Hunt Falls.

There are three trailheads (Lower, Mid and Upper) that are all accessible from the main road so you can access this trail at different points. To cover the full distance, start from the Lower Trailhead located behind the Starsmore Discover Center.

For the first mile the trail follows the road through but once you reach the Middle Trailhead, the route will take you up the north side of the canyon. Though the trail will be steep in parts, the ascent is generally not too difficult. You'll still have earned a run descent by the time you reach the top! Enjoy the views along the way until you reach the end of the trail just above the Helen Hunt Falls.

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Shared By:

Vance Fast with improvements by Cthulhu Lovecraft and 1 other

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Climbing Columbine Trail.
May 14, 2016 near Manitou…, CO
Gold Camp road overlooking the Broadmoor hotel and Colorado Springs.
Sep 10, 2016 near Manitou…, CO
This is the connection between the spur back up to Gold Camp Rd (100 yds) and Columbine. Great View
Jul 10, 2017 near Manitou…, CO
Awesome morning on the Columbine trail
Nov 4, 2023 near Colorad…, CO
Down the switchbacks on the Columbine Trail.
May 4, 2017 near Colorad…, CO
View down Cheyenne Canyon from the top of Columbine.
Sep 14, 2016 near Manitou…, CO
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Sep 5, 2021
Dan 60D5H411
Aug 23, 2021
Jared Cobb
May 5, 2021
Ryan Brown
4.1mi — 0h 30m
May 2, 2020
Joe Black
Feb 12, 2019
Matthew Duncan
Starting at middle columbine trail
Aug 29, 2018
Daniel Daniel
Jul 13, 2018
Claire Moty
Went only a few miles up here because it was intense climbing. Very pretty but steep. Not too technical. Went down fast and stopped at solid grounds 4mi
May 7, 2018
Allen Tanner
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