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Helen Hunt Jackson (the 19th Century writer) loved Colorado Springs and its natural attractions, so the most-visited waterfall in the Pikes Peak region was named for her. It’s a short .6-mile uphill hike to the falls overlook on a trail that is moderately steep but has several benches for catching your breath on the way. The trail is in North Cheyenne Cañon Park, starting at a large trailhead with restrooms available. It’s not Colorado’s most stunning waterfall, but you will forget how close you are to the state’s second-largest city.

Pro Tips

  • The falls dwindle to a trickle by late summer, so this is a great early-season trip.
  • There’s a gift shop with refreshments and souvenirs at the trailhead that operates in summer months. It was built largely with donations by nearby Bristol Brewing Co. Say “thanks” by stopping in for a post-hike beer.
  • The paths in Cheyenne Cañon are shaded and get very icy in winter, so traction may be helpful.
  • Recommended season(s): Early spring to mid-summer.

    –R. Scott Rappold

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