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St. Mary's Falls Trail

Beginning Elevation: 7,900 Feet (2462.6 Meters) Forest Developed Road 370
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 7,700 Feet (2400.2 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 2,100 Feet (654.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 7,900 Feet (2462.6 Meters) Forest Developed Road 370
High Point: 10,000 Feet (3117.2 Meters) intersection with Forest Developed Road 381
Length, One-way: 1.6 Miles (2.67 Kilometers) St. Mary's Falls
Other Maps: Trails Illustrated 137 Pikes Peak, Canon City
Recommended Season: Spring, Summer
USGS Map: Quad Maps: Manitou Springs




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General Description

St. Mary's Falls
Copyright: Amy Pyle - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
St. Mary's Falls
Hikers, mountain bikers and horse traffic share St. Mary's Falls trail. Motorized vehicles are prohibited. St. Mary`s Falls cascades 250-300 feet
down a solid granite wall and is about 1.6 miles from Gold Camp Road. The elevation of the falls is 8,880'.

This trail follows Buffalo Canyon Creek through mature aspen stands and mixed pine and spruce forests to St. Mary`s Falls. To the right of the trail
is the falls. To the left of the trail is a good vista of Colorado Springs with the Broadmoor Hotel in the foreground. Trout may be seen in the creek.

Profile:
8,880 +Falls
8,500
8,250 +
8,000
7,900 +trailhead

Temperatures are about 10 degrees cooler than Colorado Springs. Afternoon thunderstorms are common throughout the summer. Camping is permitted at undeveloped sites along the trail. Camping is recommended 300' from any trail or stream. Campfire permits are not
required, but please be sure your fire is absolutely out before you leave. Use no-impact camping techniques. Pack it in/ Pack it out rule applies.
Respect other trail users. Drinking water is not readily available. Hikers are advised to carry an adequate supply. Water from streams should be treated before use.

Directions from Colorado Springs: ACCESS: 1. From Colorado Springs, take either 26th St. or Cheyenne Road to North Cheyenne Canyon Road to Gold Camp Road. About 1 mile past the locked gate at the intersection of North Cheyenne Canyon Road,Gold Camp Road andHigh Drive is the trailhead.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: March through October .



Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Time of Day: Early AM
Length of Time: ?
Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: After you go over the collapsed tunnel, look right. The trail is pretty steep in places, but it is well worth the hike. If you continue past the falls, you can hit Rosa peak. Be prepared though...If you go to the summit of Rosa, it is a 12 mile round trip hike.
Conditions: Great Trails
Water Availability: There isn't much water after the falls. Bring plenty with you.

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I frequently take small groups of young Boy Scouts on this trail. We will start early in the morning and plan to spend lunch at the falls which is a wonderful, refreshing reward for the hike. We have also continued up beyond the falls where we found wonderfull areas to camp overnight.

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: WE NEVER DID FIND IT AFTER 2 1/2 HRS. WALKING. I THINK THERE SHOULD BE MORE SIGNS.DOES THE TRAIL START AFTER YOU GO OVER THE TUNNEL?? WE GOT BACK ON THE 'ROAD'...MAYBE THATS WHY???

Difficulty: Moderate
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Had a great hike Sunday July 11. Wildflowers in full bloom - Yucca, Wild Roses, even saw wild raspberries. Trail was in good shape. Very steep approaching the falls. Mileage signs seem deceptive when they say 0.2 miles to the base of the falls (seems longer). Falls themselves were beautiful.



Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Dispersed Camping St. Mary's Falls Trail
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking St. Mary's Falls Trail
Yes
ICON Horseback Riding St. Mary's Falls Trail
Yes
ICON Mountain Biking St. Mary's Falls Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery St. Mary's Falls Trail
Yes



More Information

Visitor Information:

Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, 104 South Cascade Ave, Suite 104 , Colorado Springs, CO, 80903, Phone: 800-888-4748, Fax: 719-635-4968

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