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Sep 19

North Cheyenne Canon Park: Colorado Springs

Helen Hunt FallsKaren and I spent an afternoon at North Cheyenne Canon Park because it is one of the few things in the Colorado Springs area that is free.  There are several trailheads, some of which take you to waterfalls.  Karen and I decided to check out Helen Hunt Falls, which was named for Helen Hunt Jackson, who was a successful writer in the late 1800’s, and Silver Cascade Falls.  If we are ever back in the Colorado Springs area I will be sure to put North Cheyenne Canon Park on our list of things to do.  I would like to hike some of the other trails and see St. Mary’s Falls, which we have heard is a much nicer waterfall.
Top of Helen Hunt Falls

We were on our way to Cripple Creek the day that we stopped by North Cheyenne Canon Park so we did not have all day to visit.  Karen and I decided to stop by the Starsmore Discovery Center just to get some advice on what there is to see and do in the area.  The lady who was working there was very friendly and said if you only had a limited time then you should drive up to the Helen Hunt visitor center and take .3 mile trail up to Silver Cascade Falls.
Taking a break on the Trail

Karen and I took her advice drove up the scenic winding road and made it to the visitor center.  The visitor center is right next to Helen Hunt Falls.  The water fall is a nice mountain stream waterfall, and the time of year and the amount of snow or rain will determine how “beautiful” and full the fall will be.  It was not the waterfalls that drew Karen and me to the area it was the chance to go out and hike in the mountain air and enjoy the beautiful views.
View from the Top

The hike was .3 miles from the base of Helen Hunt Falls to the overlook above.   There is a gain of 175 feet of elevation so it is moderately steep, but there are benches and a railing along the way that make for good stopping points to catch your breath in the thinner air.  The trail was well maintained and it made for an easy hike up.  Make sure you bring some water, good hiking shoes (Karen made the mistake of wearing flip flops), and a camera.
Karen on the Trail

North Cheyenne Canon Park was a great way for Karen and me to start our day.  We got a little exercise in to work up an appetite, which we indulged when we ate at a wonderful Mexican Restaurant in Woodland Park called Fiesta Mexicana Family Restaurant.  All together it was a great start to a great day.
Stream next to the Trail

North Cheyenne Canon Park
Located at 2120 S. Cheyenne Canon Rd, Colorado Springs
Cost as of 2011 Free
For more information visit http://www.tfocc.org/

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