Coumbine Trail, North Cheyenne Canyon (Colorado Springs)

Directions: Park at Starsmore Discovery Center (follow Cheyenne Blvd west to mouth of canyon). Trail starts behind the Center.

Trail Information: 4 miles bottom to top, 1100' rise in elevation. Starts at 6100' and finishes at Helen Hunt Falls at 7200'. Killer hills and spectacular scenery. First mile easy, level with shady woods next to creek. Second mile steep climb up gravelly hill, sunny and away from the creek. Third mile up and down, wooded and away from the creek.

Miscellaneous: Beware of mother bears and cubs in the spring and mountain lions in the early A.M. year round.

Dave Vessey / Colleen Keefe (Gazette)