North Cheyenne Cañon Park: Lower Columbine Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The Lower Columbine Trail makes its way up the canyon from behind the Starsmore Discovery Center to Middle Columbine Trail (near the road) to Upper Columbine Trail (near Helen Hunt Falls). The Lower Columbine Trail, featured here, leaves behind the tranquil Starsmore Discovery Center and makes its way 1 mile up the road from the main park gate.
You’ll travel along the main road for most of this hike, but it never really feels like you are on the road. The trail crests and follows along an area where the hillside is very steep with drop-offs on the right. A missed step here can be dangerous. After the crest, the trail begins to descend before it climbs once more. You’ll be able to see the road now. You’re still pretty secluded, though, and the hillside is heavily forested."