Photo Tour: Mid and Upper Columbine Trail, North Cheyenne Cañon Park 

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Along with the Mt Cutler Trail, Helen Hunt Falls and the newer Mt Muscoco Trail, the Columbine Trail in Colorado Springs' North Cheyenne Cañon Park are some of the most popular hiking destinations in the area. Retrace my steps on the trail in the slides below:
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Entrance to North Cheyenne Cañon Park. Bear right at the "Y"
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One mile past the entrance to the park is the parking lot for the Mid-Columbine Trail. The lot fills quickly on weekends and holidays, so plan accordngly
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Mid-Columbine Trailhead is at the left side of the parking lot as you pull in.
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The only bridge on the Mid-Columbine Trail is a just a few hundred feet from the trailhead.
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After approximately .75 miles from the Mid-Columbine Trail Head is the intersection with the Spring Creek Trail. This trail will take you to Gold Camp Road — on the east side of tunnel #1 — directly across from the Captain Jacks Trail parking lot.
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The start of the Spring Creek Trail, from the Mid-Columbine Trail.
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A view of Mt. Muscoco from the Mid Columbine Trail
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After about 2 miles you'll encounter this sign which indicates the transition from the Mid Columbine to Upper Columbine Trail.
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This short (approximately 100-ft-long) trail goes from the trail to Gold Camp Road. If you want to do a loop hike, take this trail to Gold Camp Road, and turn right. Go down Gold Camp Road and then through Tunnel #1. Once on the east end of Tunnel #1, look for the Spring Creek Trail on the right. Take it back to Mid-Columbine Trail and turn left to go back to the parking lot.
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A short spur along a ridge south from the Mid and Upper Columbine junction goes to a overlook with great views, especially down the canyon.
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Another sign points the way to the Upper Columbine Trail.
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Approaching the end of the Upper Columbine Trail. Helen Hunt Falls is a 2 minute walk down the road to the left
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After about 3.2 miles, you'll come to the end of the trail at a horseshoe bend on North Cheyenne Cañon Road. Helen Hunt Falls is few hundred feet away
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Gold Camp Road view of the spur trail from Mid/Upper Columbine trails junction. The trail is to the left of the large rock. There is no sign at this spot, which is roughly mid-way between tunnels #1 and #2.
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Mid and Upper Columbine Trails junction. Mid-Columbine is to the left, Upper Columbine to the right, overlook is straight ahead.
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Gold Camp Road view of Tunnel #1 and the Spring Creek Trail. The trail is to the left, before the tunnel.
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Trailhead sign at the Gold Camp Road end of the Spring Creek Trail.
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Entrance to North Cheyenne Cañon Park. Bear right at the "Y"

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