Upper Helen Hunt Falls, Colorado

Now this waterfall isn’t officially named Upper Helen Hunt Falls, but it seems pretty appropriate.  When we visited Helen Hunt Falls near Colorado Springs last year, we walked along the trail above the falls.  As we were walking along, we noticed that there were a number of drops above Helen Hunt Falls.  Some of them were not considerably large, but there were one or two drops that were larger.  They are not advertised, but they are pretty obvious.  I’ve decided to clump these together as Upper Helen Hunt Falls.  They’re just another added benefit of visiting Helen Hunt Falls, where you can also see the very cool Silver Cascade Falls and a great view of Colorado Springs.

Directions:

  1. Take the Nevada exit from I-25 in Colorado Springs.
  2. Take Nevada Rd. south until you reach Cheyenne Boulevard. Head west on Cheyenne Blvd.
  3. The road will fork. Follow the sign for Helen Hunt Falls, which will be the right fork. From there the parking area will be a short distance from that fork on your left
  4. At the parking area, there will be the visitor’s center, and Helen Hunt Falls is just to the left of the visitor’s center.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 20′
Length of Hike: 0.2 miles round-trip

Upper Helen Hunt Falls in August 2009

Where in the World is Upper Helen Hunt Falls?

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Helen Hunt Falls, Colorado

I can’t say that we found Helen Hunt Falls by accident, as I think I had directions to the falls. We just didn’t plan on visiting the falls…that is until we went to Seven Falls, which is in the vicinity, and were rather disappointed. We didn’t spend very much time at Seven Falls, since neither my dad nor I had any intentions of climbing up the crazy number of stairs.

I looked at the other waterfalls that were in the area, and noticed that Helen Hunt Falls didn’t seem to be too far away at all. We had had some difficulty finding Seven Falls, but the drive to Helen Hunt Falls from Seven Falls wasn’t too bad. I may have used my GPS, which has a number of tourist attractions entered in.

When we got to Helen Hunt Falls, we were pleasantly surprised. The waterfall is wildly easy to visit. From the parking area, you will be able to see the falls. Visiting the falls is free, and you can hike further up to see other waterfalls, including Silver Cascade Falls. After paying a considerable amount to visit Seven Falls, I felt it appropriate to leave a donation at the visitor’s center, considering this set of waterfalls was just as interesting.

Directions:

  1. Take the Nevada exit from I-25 in Colorado Springs.
  2. Take Nevada Rd. south until you reach Cheyenne Boulevard. Head west on Cheyenne Blvd.
  3. The road will fork. Follow the sign for Helen Hunt Falls, which will be the right fork. From there the parking area will be a short distance from that fork on your left.
  4. At the parking area, there will be the visitor’s center, and Helen Hunt Falls is just to the left of the visitor’s center.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 35′
Length of Hike: negligible

Helen Hunt Falls in August 2009

Where in the World is Helen Hunt Falls?

Silver Cascade Falls, Colorado

After visiting Seven Falls and being somewhat disappointed, we decided to find Helen Hunt Falls, and in the process found Silver Cascade Falls. You’ll first see Helen Hunt Falls, and then a short hike leads to Silver Cascade Falls.

The benefit about these two waterfalls over Seven Falls is that they are FREE. There is no cost to visit the falls, though I did donate some money for the upkeep, which I totally support. The hike to the falls has fencing, though it’s not exactly that steep or dangerous. The trail is actually very appropriate even for younger children, as there is only a small amount of incline, and the trail is relatively short.

Directions:

  1. Take the Nevada exit from I-25 in Colorado Springs.
  2. Take Nevada Rd. south until you reach Cheyenne Boulevard. Head west on Cheyenne Blvd.
  3. The road will fork. Follow the sign for Helen Hunt Falls, which will be the right fork. From there the parking area will be a short distance from that fork on your left.
  4. At the parking area, there will be the visitor’s center, and the start of the trail to Silver Cascade Falls.

Accessibility: 8/10 (easy/moderate)
Height: 200′
Length of Hike: 0.7 miles round-trip

Silver Cascade Falls in August 2009

Where in the World is Silver Cascade Falls?