Silver Cascade Falls Trail

A new project in 2016 to work with partners on completing critical trail improvements and repairs on the popular Silver Cascade Falls Trail in North Cheyenne Cañon.

BACKGROUND

The Silver Cascade Falls Trail (rising some 360 feet in 0.35 miles) is located within North Cheyenne Cañon, a park managed by the City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services Department (CSPRCS). The trail traverses steep canyon walls, crossing over Helen Hunt Falls and rising along Silver Cascade Falls to two rock-walled overlooks. Featured in regional promotional media and publications, the trail receives over 150,000 visits a year with 100,000 visits alone occurring between Memorial Day and Labor Day. In the winter, Silver Cascade Falls is a popular ice climbing spot for climbers in the Pikes Peak Region. In addition, there are numerous technical rock climbing routes accessed from the top of the Silver Cascade Falls Trail. A large portion of the upper trail is stabilized with timber steps, timber drainage structures, and timber retaining walls where soils, comprised primarily of decomposed granite, are very subject to erosion. A few key portions of the upper trail traverse granite bedrock and outcroppings, at times posing a challenge to hikers, particularly when the route is snow and ice-covered or wet.

WORK OBJECTIVES

RMFI will work with project partners during the 2016 field season to repair existing trail structures and add new trail structures that help improve overall hiker safety as well as enhance trail stability. RMFI will construct timber box steps, box culverts, and water bars, and make repairs to existing structures to help improve drainage, hiker safety, and trail sustainability.

2016 WORK FOCUS

  • Complete trail and drainage improvements to the popular Silver Cascade Falls Trail above Helen Hunt Falls.

PROJECT PARTNERS AND FUNDERS

  • Friends of Cheyenne Cañon
  • City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services