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Helen Hunt Falls

North Cheyenne Caņon Park, Colorado

July 5th, 2008

0.6 miles
230 vertical feet
Total Time: 0:24

Starting elevation
7248 feet
Max elevation
7528 feet

Rating: 5/10

Directions: From Denver, take Interstate 25 south to Colorado Springs. Take exit 140 for Nevada Ave/Tejon St. Turn right onto Tejon Street and follow it right as it becomes Cheyenne Boulevard. Just as you enter the park, turn right onto North Cheyenne Canyon Road. Follow it to the large parking lot and small visitor's center at the base of Helen Hunt Falls on the left.   View Driving Map

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I picked up a free trail map at the visitor's center, then went outside and started walking up the crowded Silver Cascade Falls trail starting at Helen Hunt Falls. The flow of water at Helen Hunt Falls was not impressive; perhaps earlier in the season is better.

Helen Hunt Falls

Trail above the falls

The trail crosses over the falls, then climbs steeply, at times on steps framed by logs, with a wooden fence running along most of the trail. Since it's such a short trail, you'll share it with lots of other people. At the top are some decent views of the forested mountains below. Silver Cascade Falls, which is located at the top of the hike, was really nothing to look at -- just a dribble of water at this time.

View from the trail

Fence along the trail

Trickle of Silver Cascade Falls

At least I did see a couple of rangers at the top and asked them about ideas on what trail to take my family on later. They confirmed that the Mt. Cutler trail was probably the best option.

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