“The woman who creates and sustains a home, and under whose hands children grow up to be strong and pure men and women, is a creator second only to God.”
― Helen Hunt Jackson
This is an easy/moderate, 7 mile round trip hike with an elevation of 6,250 to 7,300 feet. We’ll be hiking to the falls, have a lunch, take some pictures on the way to and at the Falls before hiking back the way we came. We’ll meet at the Starsmore Discovery Center and set out from the Lower Columbine trailhead behind the Starsmore Discovery Center and follow North Cheyenne Creek up the canyon, passing through a picnic facility into a riparian zone at creek side.
One mile up the trail, the Columbine reaches the Mid Columbine trailhead. The trail takes on a different look at this point as it begins climbing along the drier slopes of the canyon’s north face. Plant life includes ponderosa pine, Douglas-fir and Gambel oak.
A few miles further we’ll be connecting with the Upper Columbine trail located at a bend in the trail where we’ll begin to HEAR signs of the waterfalls. This is where we’ll have lunch, take some more pictures and have a more harmonious outcome with nature.
The falls are named for writer and Indian rights advocate Helen Hunt Jackson, who was influential in the passing of the Dawes Severalty Act of 1887, our nation’s first attempt at reform in the treatment of Native Americans.
Just to the right of the falls is the Silver Cascade Trail which will take you to Silver Cascade Trail Waterfalls in about .7 miles. Along the way to Silver Cascades Falls we’ll pass numerous cascades along the way and finally end up at a scenic overlook.
From here we’ll turn around and head back to the discovery center.
Directions from Denver: Merge onto I-25 Southbound. Take the Tejon St exit, (EXIT 140), Take the 1st right onto S Nevada Ave. If you reach I-25 S you've gone about 0.3 miles too far. Turn right onto E Ramona Ave. E Ramona Ave becomes Cheyenne Blvd. Turn slight right onto W Cheyenne Rd. 0.1 mi
Please follow these ideas: http://www.meetup.com/secondwindhikingandgetaways/pages/DOG_POLICY_AND_LOSS_PREVENTION/
Also, if you have any questions about this hike contact the organizer/event host who is leading the hike and not all the organizers. You'll find us on the RSVP list. Just click on whoever the event host is.
Have a good week!