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The Silver Cascade Falls Trail is a short, fun, 0.7-mile round-trip hike that climbs to a scenic viewpoint above a tumbling waterfall in upper North Cheyenne Cañon Park in southwest Colorado Springs. The trail begins at 45-foot-high Helen Hunt Falls beside a small visitor center. The wide, easy trail climbs above the falls, then continues up the mountainside to the overlook and spectacular views down the canyon to the city and tawny prairie beyond. You’ll find lots of stops where you can catch your breath in the 7,000-foot elevation. Make sure children stay on the trail and don’t venture onto dangerous water-polished slabs beside Silver Cascade Falls.

Pro Tips

  • The Helen Hunt Falls Visitor Center, nicknamed The Cub, makes a great stop before your hike. The center, open daily in the summer, has interpretative displays, books, and ranger-led hikes and talks.
  • The granite slabs beside Silver Cascade Falls are very dangerous. Buffalo Creek dashes down the slab, polishing the granite smooth and slick. Stay on the trail and don’t try to scramble across the slabs-it’s slippery and steep. Severe injuries and fatalities have occurred here.
  • Helen Hunt Falls, the best waterfall in the Pikes Peak region, is named for Helen Hunt Jackson, a famed nineteenth century novelist who often visited North Cheyenne Cañon until her death from stomach cancer in 1885. She was buried near here but later moved to Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs.
  • After hiking to Silver Cascade Falls, enjoy some of the other Cañon hikes. Mount Cutler is an easy hike to great viewpoints. The Columbine Trail traverses the north side of the canyon from Starsmore Discovery Center to Helen Hunt Falls for four miles, while the Mount Muscoco Trail climbs to the peak’s 8,020-foot summit.
  • Recommended season(s): Year-round.

    –Stewart M. Green

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