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Columbine Trail

 14 votes

Length

4.1 Miles 6.6 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

1,452' 443 m

Ascent

-459' -140 m

Descent

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

37%

Max Grade (20°)

7,360' 2,243 m

High

6,274' 1,912 m

Low

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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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Overview

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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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Nov 13, 2017
Allen Tanner
Nov 5, 2017
Katie Purdy
Nov 5, 2017
Rich Purdy
DEEP peat gravel
Oct 12, 2017
Kevin Sagely
Love it 4.1mi
Sep 17, 2017
Chris Winter
Aug 8, 2017
Jon Cross
Jul 7, 2017
Becky Yoder
Not sure I will do this again. The middle section is quite loose and steep which makes riding it difficult. The rest was rideable. Great views 4.1mi
Mar 19, 2017
Tobin Rummel
Clear, hike a bike on deep scree from horses in the steepest sections 12.8mi

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  3.6 from 14 votes

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The climb is a bit of a grovel on Middle Columbine given a series of steep switchbacks with loose gravel and no purchase. Awesome descent. Nov 6, 2016
Kind of a hidden gem for mountain biking in this area. There are far more hikers than bikers on this trail. No real technical spots, but lots of switchbacks and stellar climbs and descents. Great trail to mix things up. Apr 15, 2017
I'm somewhere between a novice and intermediate rider. Don't love super technical trails, big step-ups and rock gardens. This trail is GREAT most of the way. agree there's some challenging (hike-a-bike) sections due to sharp switch backs packed with loose pea gravel where I spun out a few times. Definitely a fun descent. (Ride up Gold Camp Road from The Chutes trail then start at Upper Columbine) Jul 10, 2017

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